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Ever wondered why one can communicate with a server via RCON, but the clients playing on the server can't communicate back? Now they can! ....well, in a manner of speaking.
Basically, anything that's logged in the console is transmitted to the server in real-time for rendering by either admins or end users, supposedly without needing SSH or RCON access. Essentially, you can read the server logs as it's actually happening. How? Telnet, of course! If you're one of the precious few on this site who knows the first thing about Telnet, you can essentially use a Telnet client to connect to a JA server via this plugin and communicate with the players. Well, to my understanding, anyway. I had a little... trouble, trying to talk to myself.
This won't be of much use to Windows users hosting glorified LAN games (which technically would be a "WAN game", but that leaves the door open for snide remarks so I'll stick with "glorified LAN"), since it's compiled to work with dedicated servers hosted on Unix-based operating systems. However, if you do happen to own/rent/operate a dedicated server running on a Unix OS, and want the ability to check server logs in real-time or allow others to communicate with players on the server via Telnet, this is a useful server add-on. Well, more like a server-within-a-server. Sort of.
Just make sure to read the documentation.
***************************************************************** ** Standard Input Server ** ***************************************************************** #-----------------------------------------------------------# # TITLE : Standard Input Server (SIS) # # TYPE : Server Utility # # VERSION : 0.1 # # AUTHOR : Gamall Wednesday Ida # # E-MAIL : email@example.com # # WEBSITE : http://gamall-ida.com # # # # FILESIZE : ~1600 Ko # # OS Server: GNU/Linux & other Unixes # # OS Client: Any # # RELEASE DATE : March 2008 # #-----------------------------------------------------------# + READ ME! (CONTACT) +=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-o + Should you want to contact me, please do NOT jump on my email or spam filefront comments or anything, you won't get an answer. And if you do it won't be what you expected... Read the "CONTACT" section near the end of that file instead ;-). + TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION +=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-o + - Terse Description -~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~o - SIS is a basic server for telnet clients, which retransmits its standard input to all connected clients. Password authentification can be required. Connections and deconnections are logged by IP (and username when applicable). Packets are not encrypted. - Why use it? -~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~o - I suppose you could use it as a very crude instant messaging system or whatnot, but that's not what it was written for... Let S be a server application (or any other kind of application) running on a remote computer (of IP address A). S prints useful information I on its standard output (or on stderr, or both). You want to be able to read I as it is being written, from a computer C. You have at least remote access (SSH for instance) to S. But you want other people, without any kind of access to S, to be able to read I from anywhere. That is what SIS is for. Note: I think this kind of situation is quite common, but oddly enough I couldn't find any software solving that problem when I needed one. So I wrote SIS. Maybe I have just reinvented the wheel, maybe not. If you happen to stumble on a similar tool, or if I have missed some standard unix trick doing that job, please tell me. - How to use it? -~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~o - Of course, 'sis --help' displays the command-line options. You'll get something along those lines: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ $ ./sis --help usage: sis [options] -port <int> : set the netport of the service (default 1337) -user <str name> <str pass> : add user and activates access restriction -name : name for the server, displayed to the clients -disp : stdin is displayed on stdout -silent : logs will not be displayed on stdout -pipe : pipe mode (for filter chains) -delay <int> : waiting time, in microseconds (default 10000) -delaysec <int> : the same in seconds (default 1) --no-logs : logs will not be used at all --logs-path <str> : path to the log file --lazy-logs : log writing will be buffered --help : display this help page ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The obvious way to get it running is to use a pipe to connect the standard output of S to the standard input of SIS. Assuming the S and SIS executables are both in the PATH: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ S | sis -port P ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ will open the SIS server on port P. Now, from any computer, a telnet client can be connected to A on port P, and will display I. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ telnet A P ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can control who has access to I by setting up users and passwords. Then any client has to enter a username and a password in order to be able to use SIS. That username is logged, alongside the IP address of each client. Example session: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ./mess | ./sis -user Gamall test ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ $ telnet localhost 1337 Trying 127.0.0.1... Connected to localhost. Escape character is '^]'. ** Standard Input Server v0.1 ** by Gamall Wednesday Ida ** email : firstname.lastname@example.org ** web : gamall-ida.com --> SIS Client (127.0.0.1:45200) --> SIS Server 'Test SIS' (0.0.0.0:1337). Authentification is required. Please enter your username: Gamall Please enter your password : test Access granted (Gamall) READING DATA: ======================================================== MESSAGE 8 MESSAGE 9 MESSAGE 10 MESSAGE 11 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ - Some Basic Unix Tips -~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~o - NOTE: Some sample programs and their source code are shipped to let you test SIS locally: can can just run the following samples and see what happens. STDERR: You may want to use stderr, and not just stdout. Depending on the kind of shell on your system, the syntax will be different. A syntax to get both stdout and stderr is this: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ./mess 2>&1| ./sis ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ And if you want to get stderr alone, you can do this: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ./mess 3>&1 1>&2 2>&3 | ./sis ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FILTERS: SIS retransmits its standard input just the way it receives it. That does not prevent you from controlling the information, though. Just write a filter F (ie. a program taking its data from stdin and sending the results to stdout) and put it between S and SIS. ('S | F | sis'). I have provided tiny filters to illustrate that: see `toup.ml' and `tostar.ml'. CHAINED FILTERS: You may want to run several SIS servers from the same source, but offering content altered by different filters. SIS lets you chain several filters very easily by using the -pipe option. The following example runs three different servers offering three distinct views from the same source. (remove line breaks, of course) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ./mess | ./sis -pipe -p 1337 | ./toup | ./sis -pipe -p 1338 | ./tostar | ./sis -p 1339 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Note that in `real life', you may want to use different log files for these three servers. In this example they all share the default log file, which is messy. - The Source Code -~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~o - The source code for SIS is released under the GNU General Public License. SIS is written in Objective Caml. Plus three or four lines of C, for good measure... - The Binaries -~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~o - SIS is shipped with statically compiled binaries, which may or may not work on your own system. If they don't you will just have to compile it from source. You will need an OCaml compiler and a C compiler. In most cases, you will just need to run the build script in the /src directory. + APPLICATION TO JKA & JK2 (AND OTHER GAMES) +=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-o + The initial reason for which I wrote SIS was to make it possible for JKA server admins to chat with the players inside the server via RCon. The fact that RCon can send messages but not retrive the answers (or simply allow the admin to spy on their unsuspecting flock) is a long-time annoyance. Of course, using SIS requires access to the dedicated server, and this server must be some flavour of Unix. Assuming that, you either run jampded (or jk2ded or whatever) directly from the command line, or through some kind of shell script. Find it and simply add '| sis' (or '| ./sis' or whatever path works) at the end of the line launching the game server. Needless to say, if there is already a standard output redirection in this line, probably for logs writing, use a 'tee' to duplicate the stream. Then you can use telnet to see what is happening in your server. + CONTACT +=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-o + If you need help, or have suggestions, comments, insults, praise or in general, anything to say about this program you expect me to read and answer to, please post on the program's topic on my website: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://gamall-ida.com/f/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=390 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + END OF FILE +=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-o + +-----------------------------+ | File generated with 'GaTeX',| | an ASCII typesetting system | | by Gamall Wednesday Ida. | | http://gamall-ida.com | +-----------------------------+ Build: Sat Mar 15 16:13:01 2008 File : F:readme-sis.GaTeX.source
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