Ban File

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The banfile is a file in which a list of banned player accounts and IP addresses are saved. Server administrators may issue bans to players who use foul language, Team Kill, use a cheat client or who behave inappropriately or against the spirit of the game.

Creating a Banfile

A server administrator wishing to use a banfile (eg: filename.txt) would add:

-banfile filename.txt

to the BZFS configuration.

Banning Players

Before banning a player, it is advisable to warn them either verbally or use a slash command such as /kick or /kill. A ban may not always be necessary, and should be used as a last resort. Some server owners recommend a "warn, kick, shortban, ban" method to deal with troublesome players. While others just skip the warnings, because they often do not correct the problem or only stop it temporarily, and send a stronger message using a "kick then ban" strategy. And still others use a "warn/ban" strategy.

A server administrator would ban a player by either:

  • using the /ban command in an in-game chat window or
  • editing the file while the server is off

Server administrators can also load the serverControl plugin that reloads a specified banfile every few seconds.

The administrator may specify a duration for the ban, or ban a player indefinitely. A reason for the ban may also be specified, which will be used for reference in server logs and sent to the player.

See also


BZFS Command Line Options

Good Server Administration

Slash Commands

Known Cheats