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DEDICATED COOP SERVER SOFTWARE!!!!!!

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Several of us were playing lst night on a server running some BETA software that allowed a server to run COOP missions on a cycle. It must use some sort of program like IL2SC that runs behind the scenes, but it also had some features that made me wonder if they were using a cracked SFS file too.

The most intriguing thing to me was the ability to join a COOP server in progress (although it would put you in the briefing screen and you could not fly). If the game was not locked using the command "DSC LOCK" then the map would reset and everyone would restart when someone joined. The missions in the map cycle (There were 12) rotated and could be chosen at random or replayed using other "DSC XXXXX" commands from the "DSC HELP" request. Also a living player in plane could end a mission early by typing "DSC TERMINATE" and then go straight to the scoring screen.

Unfortunately the missions they had running were all very small and had almost instant action in execution. The server was running FULL SWITCH which I personally dislike for COOP mode since AI is the ALL SEEING EYE. The server also had poor pings and a fair amount of warping with only 8 of us, so I doubt it was a US based server.

I hope this gets released to the public and it does not involve a hacked SFS IL2 install (although if only the server game software needs to be hacked it would not be too big a deal to me). I have hundreds of missions I have made over the years to choose from that I would love to rework to use something like this. I begged and pleaded with Oleg for years in the past on the forums for him to add features like this to IL2 so that COOP could be more like Quake games where you can join anytime day or night and have a selection of different maps and missions to choose from to increse the games popularity.

Unfortunately I forgot to get from Tharn and Plague the server name and the info where they found out about this server from so please let me know.

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Thank You Chunk-
Thats where I read about it . Rnzoli is testing it currently-

I dont recall him ever saying he was going to release his proggie though. /applications/core/interface/imageproxy/imageproxy.php?img=%7BSMILIES_PATH%7D/icon_e_sad.gif&key=38741f9e3530d7cdc640e0699ad44e6069f4d0e7d8af9de1ac5a402558336cb2">

fun stuff.

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Sent rnzoli an e-mail for last night's crash and got this reply:

----- Original Message -----
From:
To: "Pete McGwire"
Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 2:09 AM
Subject: Re: Server crash


Hi Pete,
thank you for the notification, yes, I saw this on the console when I woke up, the controller
crashed right after the DSC REPLAY command, apologies to everyone, thanks for taking the
situation with a little bit of humor /applications/core/interface/imageproxy/imageproxy.php?img=%7BSMILIES_PATH%7D/icon_biggrin.gif&key=64cd7b7a0036899205810ec0a5b90ed7121d5889dd92733089c47c9758b7f4ae"> I am very much tempted to post the comments after the crash
on UBi forums /applications/core/interface/imageproxy/imageproxy.php?img=%7BSMILIES_PATH%7D/icon_biggrin.gif&key=64cd7b7a0036899205810ec0a5b90ed7121d5889dd92733089c47c9758b7f4ae">

the problem was fixed easily in the code and the server is back in operation

the background to this problem is that i reorganized the naming convention to have dual or triple
digit sequence numbers, as alphabetic filename sorting will always bring 11_ before 2_ (but
02_will be correctly before 11_).

during the reorganization of file filter code, i forgot 1 filter in the rush, and that has raised a
nullpointer exception and stopped the controller when the REPLAY command was entered for
the first time

. the filter is fixed, more precisely, removed for this specfic command, as it was possible to get
the current mission file name in a simpler way

All the best
Zoltan Nagy (rnzoli)

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Hehehe... I wonder if he posted our chat-line comments. That ought to be a hoot to see...

[11:29:22 PM] Chat: WWPlague: same one again?
[11:29:26 PM] Chat: WWCephas: sure
[11:29:44 PM] Chat: WWPlague: DSC REPLAY
[11:29:50 PM] Chat: sagemfg: gtg but thanks for the game S!
[11:29:55 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: ~~Salute!~~
[11:29:56 PM] Chat: WWCephas: S!
[11:30:07 PM] Chat: WWPlague: DSC TERMINATE
[11:30:13 PM] Chat: --- WWSandMan brings down sagemfg's plane.
[11:30:16 PM] Chat: --- sagemfg has left the game.
[11:30:26 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: DSC TERMINATE
[11:30:47 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: DSC REPLAY
[11:31:21 PM] Chat: WWCephas: DSC MISSION 02
[11:31:21 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: DSC HELP
[11:31:56 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: maybe need a live flight leader to enter the command
[11:32:03 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: that would be Alba
[11:32:23 PM] Chat: WWCephas: ICEWOLF TYPE DSC TERMINATE
[11:32:33 PM] Chat: JG10r_VONALBA: DSC REPLAY
[11:32:48 PM] Chat: IceWolf: DSC TERMINATE
[11:32:50 PM] Chat: JG10r_VONALBA: DSC TERMINATE
[11:32:52 PM] Chat: WWCephas: MAYBE DCS SERVER CRASHED
[11:32:56 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: hmmm.... not getting any DSC terminal action
[11:33:09 PM] Chat: WWCephas: this is similar to IL2SC when the server goes wonky
[11:33:12 PM] Chat: IceWolf: DSC UNCRASH
[11:33:17 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: LOL
[11:33:40 PM] Chat: WWPlague: GOTTA PUT SOME MORE QUARTERS IN
[11:33:42 PM] Chat: WWCephas: DSC WAKEUP
[11:33:44 PM] Chat: IceWolf: DSC DELIVER BEER
[11:33:57 PM] Chat: WWCephas: DSC STATUS
[11:34:06 PM] Chat: IceWolf: SHE JUST YELLED GO
[11:34:07 PM] Chat: JG10r_VONALBA: Ground Control > Vector To Home Base
[11:34:17 PM] Chat: WWCephas: DSC GUNSTAT
[11:34:30 PM] Chat: WWCephas: DSC HELP
[11:34:53 PM] Chat: WWPlague: DSC ADMIN
[11:35:10 PM] Chat: --- IceWolf lands.
[11:35:11 PM] Chat: JG10r_VONALBA: DSC TERMINATE
[11:35:12 PM] Chat: --- IceWolf has left the game.
[11:35:25 PM] Chat: WWPlague: DSC UNLOCK
[11:35:30 PM] Chat: WWCephas: EVERYONE BAIL THAT IS A TRIGGER
[11:35:47 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: DSC UNLOCK
[11:36:00 PM] Chat: WWCephas: everyone please bail that is suppoesed to trigger a restart also
[11:36:10 PM] Chat: --- IceWolf joins the game.
[11:36:13 PM] Chat: --- JG10r_VONALBA bailed out.
[11:36:24 PM] Chat: --- WWSandMan bailed out.
[11:36:25 PM] Chat: WWCephas: DSC UNLOCK
[11:36:34 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: DSC TERMINATE
[11:36:36 PM] Chat: --- WWSandMan has crashed.
[11:37:08 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: Server must be down
[11:37:16 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: DSC STATS
[11:37:26 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: nada....
[11:37:30 PM] Chat: IceWolf: DSC STATS
[11:37:35 PM] Chat: WWCephas: guess thats it for now
[11:37:37 PM] Chat: WWSandMan: Okay, exiting
[11:37:45 PM] Chat: IceWolf: Salute and thanks

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