How do I enable fast downloading?

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How do I enable fast downloading?

Post by aMies|NFo » Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:35 pm

The Fast HTTP Asset Downloading (sv_downloadurl) function for Half-life significantly speeds up resource downloads by retrieving them from a website instead of through the game server. Because the map downloads are limited only by the speed of the web server (up to 100mbps), instead of the poky 10 to 20 KB/s that the game server can send at, the end result is clients not having to wait as long for custom maps and sounds to download.

When you connect to a server using Fast HTTP Asset Downloading, and you are missing one of its resources, it remembers your connection attempt and disconnects you so that your Steam client can automatically download the map from the website specified by the server's sv_downloadurl variable. When it's finished downloading the resources, your Steam client reconnects to the game server and you re-take the slot that the server saved for you there. The whole process requires no user intervention.

Automated Method
You can do this quickly and easily through your control panel's Websync tab, by clicking Sync files. Or, you can do it manually as we describe below:

Manual Method
1. Determine the folder on your web space that your domain points to.

2. Use the FTP to create a directory within that same folder on your web space called "server". This will be the starting directory structure for your custom files.

3. Take your custom maps/sounds/wad files off your game server's FTP and upload them to the same place within the "server" folder of your free web space. For instance, if you download "fy_iceworld.bsp" out of the "maps" folder on your game server, you will put it in the "server/maps" folder on the free web space. A ".wad" file would go directly into the "server" folder since it is not in a subfolder on the game server. If your custom files came from a folder on the game server that does not exist in the "server" folder of the webspace, you will need to create the folder there.

Note: If you are uploading previously untested custom maps, we highly recommend uploading them one at a time and testing each individually (by changing to the map on the server and having someone connect who does not have the map). Many maps are missing links to important resource files or those files themselves, which may force you to upload more files than you thought and potentially fill in the gaps with a .res file for the map.

4. Update the server.cfg on your game server and add a line at the bottom like this:

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   sv_downloadurl "http://webspaceaddress.com/server" 
5. Restart the server or wait for a map change for the setting to take effect.
-Andrew "aMies" Miesner

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