Basic Linux Setup
Please note: this guide has been written with the objective of setting up a Linux server running a generic kernel/OS, like Ubuntu. This help file has been written with strict use of the console in mind. Linux was made to run command line, so there isn't an easier, quicker way to do things than the way we are about to do them. Please note, as I write this guide for Ubuntu that Aptitude is the default package manager, other operating systems may have a different package manager.
The only part of an ubuntu desktop system GUI we can use is the subversion downloader(Speaking about RabbitVCS which you should have found on a page before this), everything else must be done via the command line or script.
Of course Ubuntu is not the only Linux distribution available. For example if you have CentOS you should follow our CentOS guide: Compiling:CentOS
First, having presumably installed a fresh copy of Linux, we need to update our server so that we can compile ArcEmu. This will require several different packages. For the following commands, log in as the Linux root administrator.
sudo apt-get install g++ git-core git cmake build-essential zlib1g-dev libssl-dev libpcre3-dev
First we need to install MySQL into Linux as well as make sure that we have the correct libraries to properly operate it.
sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient-dev
In order to make your MySQL server available to other computers aside from your host (this is generally a good idea). Open up the mysql configuration with your favourite text editor.
sudo vi /etc/mysql/my.cnf
And comment out the following line (by adding the #):
#bind-address = 127.0.0.1
Then save, exit, and restart the mysql service.
sudo /etc/init.d/mysql restart
Next we have to setup the root account for MySQL so that the server isn't compromised. This step is absolutely imperative. Please choose a secure password.
mysqladmin -u root password new-password-here mysqladmin -h root@hostname -u root password the-pass-you-just-chose
Substitute hostname for the hostname you chose when installing linux. That's it! Setting up MySQL is pretty straight forward.
Security and Accounts
Once that is complete, we have the right environment in Linux to compile the server. Before we can compile though we need to address some very serious security issues. Whatever distro you are using, whether your server is private or public, please do NOT run your ArcEmu server using your root account--you might as well just castrate yourself.
Having said that, lets move on to create a basic account in linux from which you will run ArcEmu. You can name this account anything you would like, but for the sake of standardization, we will name ours arcemu. While still in your root account type:
sudo useradd -m -s /bin/bash arcemu
After you type in this command you will need to specify what password you will use for the account.
sudo passwd arcemu
Once you have added the arcemu user, you will have a new directory in /home/arcemu/. This will be the working root directory for your installation and eventually, for running the server.
Getting the Files
First, switch to the arcemu account, or whichever account you have just created.
sudo su - arcemu
Next, we need to download the arcemu files to compile them. Lets make sure we are in the home directory:
I am a fan of organization, so lets make some directories and organize this mess. We will create an installer, server, and arcmenu directory so that we can keep all of our files straight. The installer directory may seem like a waste for now, but it will come into play later when we install the database.
As you may have guessed, the installer directory will contain the arcemu files, and the server directory will contain the actual compiled files (like the libraries and binaries) to run the server. The next step is to download the files, so we will change to our installer/arcemu directory and use svn to get the files.
git clone git://github.com/arcemu/arcemu.git code
Once we have the files we can start compiling ArcEmu. The first step is to create the configuration file that will be used to pass the variables to the make file so that ArcEmu will compile properly.
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/home/arcemu/server ../code/cmake
Then we now simply invoke make and make install to install to the prefix directory
make && make install
Also, if you have a multicore machine, then you can substitute that final command with this one, where x is equal to the number of processors + 1. For example, with 2 processors x would be 3.
If you want to use all your processors just use a large number like 15.
make -j x && make install
This will not effect your server, this will only tell "make" to compile using all of your available CPU power
If this last step is successful then you are ready to configure your server and get on your way.
DBC and map files
Next you will transfer the DBC and map files over to your server.
To extract DBCs, follow the guide on the page below.
Use Wine if you must but preferably a windows machine to extract the DBCs, maps.
Place the DBC and map files in their respective directories above.
All that is left to do is create the /etc/ directory and move the configuration files into it, and make the ArcEmu binaries executable.
cd /home/arcemu/server $ mkdir etc $ mv /home/arcemu/installer/arcemu/code/configs/*.conf /home/arcemu/server/etc $ cd /home/arcemu/server $ chmod a+x arcemu-logonserver $ chmod a+x arcemu-world
Now your configuration files are in the .../etc folder ready to be edited, and used by the ArcEmu server and your ArcEmu binaries are executable.
The first step in setting up the database will be setting up a mysql user and databases to interact with ArcEmu. Please change the respective usernames and passwords to your own unique variants! Note, when it asks for your password, please enter your root mysql password.
$ mysql -u root -p CREATE USER 'username'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'password'; GRANT USAGE ON * . * TO 'username'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'password' WITH MAX_QUERIES_PER_HOUR 0 MAX_CONNECTIONS_PER_HOUR 0 MAX_UPDATES_PER_HOUR 0 MAX_USER_CONNECTIONS 0 ; CREATE DATABASE `arcemu-world` ; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `arcemu-world` . * TO 'username'@'%'; CREATE DATABASE `arcemu-acct` ; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `arcemu-acct` . * TO 'username'@'%'; exit
After we have setup the database, its time to start downloading the files.
Get a world database
This concludes the compile section of the Wiki. You should now have a fully functioning copy of ArcEmu. Refer to the sections below for information on how to startup and perform basic administrative functions.
Use an editor of your choice, in this example it'll be nano. Make sure to read all files at least once, so you know what configuration is where and you don't end up with an administrator account with default password you didn't know about ;)
cd /home/arcemu/server/etc nano logonserver.conf nano optional.conf nano realms.conf nano world.conf
The configuration is documented in Server Configuration, but the configuration files are richly documented, too. You should be fine :)
Starting the Server
~ This article has been consolidated here Screen
Please return to this page for the next step in the process after reading about Screen and how to use it to launch ArcEmu.
You're now ready to move on to Server configuration