Natural Selection 2 will run on popular distros as long as the minimum requirements are met.
Minimum Recommended Distros
Other DistrosAlthough not tested, any distro with tmux => 1.6 and glibc => 2.17 should also be compatible with Natural Selection 2 servers. For distros not listed above LinuxGSM does not check dependencies and should be manually checked.
Game Server Binary
Only 64-Bit game server binary is available.
SteamCMD by Valve is used to install and update this game server.
Before installing, you must ensure you have all the dependencies required to run ns2server.
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386; sudo apt update; sudo apt install mailutils postfix curl wget file tar bzip2 gzip unzip bsdmainutils python util-linux ca-certificates binutils bc jq tmux netcat lib32gcc1 lib32stdc++6 steamcmd speex:i386 libtbb2
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386; sudo apt update; sudo apt install mailutils postfix curl wget file tar bzip2 gzip unzip bsdmainutils python util-linux ca-certificates binutils bc jq tmux netcat lib32gcc1 lib32stdc++6 speex:i386 libtbb2
EPEL is required to install some dependencies needed for using LinuxGSM on CentOS.
yum install epel-release
yum install mailx postfix curl wget tar bzip2 gzip unzip python3 binutils bc jq tmux glibc.i686 libstdc++ libstdc++.i686 speex.i686 tbb.i686
GamedigGameDig is a recommended additional module that allows LinuxGSM to gather more info from the game server such as current map and connected players to be displayed in details and in logs. It also replaces the default LinuxGSM query module in monitor. To install GameDig follow the steps in the LinuxGSM documentation.
Install Dependencies Using LinuxGSMIt is possible for LinuxGSM to install dependencies either by having the ns2server user account with sudo access or running the installer as root.
user with sudo accessDuring the installation if the game server user has sudo permissions LinuxGSM will attempt to install any missing dependencies itself.
root userif ns2server is already installed run
./ns2server installas root and LinuxGSM will automatically install missing dependencies.
From the command-line do the following. Ensuring you have also installed the required dependencies.1. Create a user and login.
For security best practice, ensure you set a strong password. Random password:
su - ns2server2. Download linuxgsm.sh.
wget -O linuxgsm.sh https://linuxgsm.sh && chmod +x linuxgsm.sh && bash linuxgsm.sh ns2server3. Add Steam login details.
You will need to enter a Steam username and password to download dedicated server.
It is recommended that you create a new Steam username just for the server.
steamuser="username"4. Run the installer following the on-screen instructions.
All CommandsA complete list of commands can be found by typing.
./ns2serverBelow are the most common commands available.
consoleConsole allows you to view the live console of a server as it is running and allow you to enter commands; if supported.
To exit the console press CTRL+b d. Pressing CTRL+c will terminate the server.
updateUpdate checks for any server updates and applies them. The server will update and restart only if required.
./ns2server updateBypass the check and go straight to SteamCMD update.
validateYou can use the SteamCMD validate option when updating the server.
You can get all important and useful details about the server such as passwords, ports, config files etc.
Use debug mode to help you if you are having issues with the server. Debug allows you to see the output of the server directly to your terminal allowing you to diagnose any problems the server might be having.
Server logs are available to monitor and diagnose your server. Script, console and game server (if available) logs are created for the server.
Backup will allow you to create a complete tar bzip2 archive of the whole server.
LinuxGSM can monitor the game server by checking that the proccess is running and querying it. Should the server go offline LinuxGSM can restart the server and send you an alert. You can use cronjobs to setup monitoring.
For details on how to alter LinuxGSM settings visit LinuxGSM Config Files page.
For detailed documentation visit the LinuxGSM docs.