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Server Help Is it safe to stop a server with the kill command?

Discussion in 'Multiplayer' started by Firan, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. Firan

    Firan Void-Bound Voyager

    I have a personal server to play with friends on Ubuntu 16.04, and I'm wondering if using the "kill $pid" command is safe to use to shutdown the server. I know control + c works fine, but I'm trying to automate the process. When I stop the server with the kill command, there's nothing about a shutdown in the logs, as opposed to the control + c way of doing it.

    Just wondering if there's a risk of my world going corrupt and losing data if I use kill instead of control + c.

  2. lazarus78

    lazarus78 The End of Time

    Its possible it could corrupt things, though I don't think it is likely. Just do regular backups and you should be fine.

    You could just automate the key-press too, unless you have it running the process in the background.
  3. Firan

    Firan Void-Bound Voyager

    Ooh I didn't know that was possible!
    How would I go about automating the key press?
  4. Sprvrn

    Sprvrn Industrial Terraformer

    If you want to automate the process, a rcon request "stop" is probably the cleanest way to stop a server.
    I'm using this rcon client: https://gist.github.com/Dunto/e310c00e84b98e0e90dd
    You will have to configure the client (check the readme) and starbound_server.config to accept rcon requests. Then a simple "python rcon_client.py stop" will gracefully shut your server down.
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  5. lazarus78

    lazarus78 The End of Time

    I don't know if Ubuntu has it, but I use "xdotool" with some Raspberries for automated page refresh for a specific project I did.

    The above method would probably be better. Im no linux guru so I don't know exactly how a lot of it works.
  6. Firan

    Firan Void-Bound Voyager

    Thanks so much, that worked beautifully! I'll probably try to use RCON with other servers now ^-^
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  7. Firan

    Firan Void-Bound Voyager

    I tried Sprvrn's solution and it worked really well, so I'll stick to that, but thanks a lot for the help!
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