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Minecraft servers

For entertainment purposes as well as availability training, the Sylphe Project hosts several Minecraft servers, called Realms for convenience and consistency with Mojang.

Service providers

Primary

  • Lylat: Minecraft dynamic maps
  • Tyria: server hosting, local backups
  • Weyard: server hosting, local backups

Secondary

Realms

Configuration

Weyard has ports 25565 to 25568 available for Realms. Each Realm corresponds to a subdomain and a port. For an example, Indra is available at indra.sylphe.fr:25565.

Standard operation and regular maintenance

Each Realm is run from a GNU screen with a dedicated non-privileged user. As such, it can be easily controlled remotely and via scripting thanks to screen -X stuff. It is also possible with the help of crontab to set automatic broadcast messages to specific Realms. Right now it is not used.

Whereas several CLI utilies are available to manage Realms, Baku decided to create his own simply called mine-utils to practise his shell scripting abilities. As the script is still in early development stages, its source code is not yet available. After some refactoring, it will be available for review and download (and maybe later pull requests) through git.

Realms are not automatically upgraded as tests must be run to make sure no compatibility issues are raised, especially on modded ones. However, a customizable script is available to upgrade Forge based modded Realms

Mapping

Map overviews used to be generated each hour for each active server. However, due to some incompatibility with modded Realms, this service is a bit glitched and not fully supported.

However, Dynmap offers a better alternative and is fully compatible with our modded Realms. Dynmap has been set up during October 2015 on Osenia and on Brinstar during its reset in January 2016.

It is now set up on each Realm.

Backups

Each active server is backed up under the .tar.gz format once per hour for the last two days (48h). It used to be for the last 72h, however it wasn't worth the disk usage. Once the server has been archived, the latest backup is sent to Neudaiz to make sure data is available in case something happens at Roubaix.

A recent update to the upgrade system and the filesystem architecture allowed to reduce file corruption in backups and ensure Realm integrity. Each server is now stored on a logical volume, allowing it to be snapshot and safely archived.

Known issues

  • Some mods on Osenia leak, leading to increased RAM usage and progressive load increase as well. Right now, the Realm is gracefully restarted twice a day, notifying players each minute five minutes beforehand.
    • Upgrading and using the MaxPermSize argument in OpenJRE 7 fixed all those issues.
      • This workaround isn't needed anymore on OpenJRE 8.
services/minecraft.txt · Last modified: 2019/10/09 15:15 by baku