Orangebox Switching to SteamPipe - Possible TF2 server downtime

Discussion in 'Gaming Discussion' started by VintagePC, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. VintagePC

    VintagePC GodModePC (Lead Developer) Srcds Server Operator Forum Operator Minecraft Operator Global Moderator Staff Member

    Both a heads up for everyone and some prep for when this does go live. I don't know whether it will entail having to rebuild the servers or not (depends on how much of a headache it is to convert or rebuild), but in either case there may be a bit of TF2 server downtime when it comes time to do this switch.

     
  2. VintagePC

    VintagePC GodModePC (Lead Developer) Srcds Server Operator Forum Operator Minecraft Operator Global Moderator Staff Member

    Looks like there will definitely be downtime when this switch happens. It will be necessary to completely re-download the entire TF2 server.

    AFIK the current plan is the server-side update will be released prior to the client side update in order for hosts to get everything sorted and give some more time to do the upgrade.
     
  3. Barbarossa_5

    Barbarossa_5 Achievement Hunter

    They're not just doing a file conversion like they will with the clients? That sucks.
     
  4. VintagePC

    VintagePC GodModePC (Lead Developer) Srcds Server Operator Forum Operator Minecraft Operator Global Moderator Staff Member

    Nope.

    I suspect it's because of the nature of the beast. Servers can be hacked up with a hell of a lot more content than clients and don't have their "vanilla" unmodded files packed up in GCFs to begin with. For clients they just have to handle re-indexing and re-packing the GCFs and such.
    Server side there is no GCF, they'd have to essentially take the files from the directory structure and there's no guarantee what state they're in, so you could easily end up with a mess.

    The change will save us a ton of disk space though as I should be able to share the new package files across all of the TF2 servers.
     
  5. Inflikted

    Inflikted Achievement Hunter

    hopefully it creates less network bottleneck issues on update days for servers and clients.
     
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