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When the BZFlag client downloads a server map via its usual TCP connection, the speed is limited by the server to 1 KB per frame.  This can cause large maps to take many seconds to download, straining the patience of eager players.
Fastmap is a HTTPD plugin that allows for the transfer of the BZW map file over HTTP instead of sending it through the game client.  Sending it through the client is limited to 1kb per lag time, which causes large maps to take a long time to download.  Fastmap automatically sets the map's HTTP url to the server, allowing for a much faster download of the map file (hence the name, Fastmap).
The fastmap plugin provides for the transfer of the server's BZW map file in a separate HTTP connection, allowing much faster download (hence the name, fastmap). No changes to the map file are required to take advantage of this.
The plugin requires the [[HTTPServer plugin]] to either be in the same directory as fastmap.so, or to be previously loaded.  Unlike other HTTPD plugins, Fastmap does not create a vdir.

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