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Links on places to get help with BZFlag
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Getting help on BZFlag is rather easy. There are a number of places to get help
  
There are normally people in the #BZFlag channel on irc.freenode.net that can help live.
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==IRC Chat Room==
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The BZFlag communities [[BZFlag on IRC|make heavy use of IRC]] for communication and collaboration.
  
* http://my.BZFlag.org/irc/irc.cgi - web interface
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The [http://freenode.net/ freenode network] is used for all IRC communications.
* http://irchelp.org/ - information on IRC
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Common channels include:
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*#bzflag
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*#bzchat
  
The official BZFlag forum:
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A web interface is provided to these channels at http://my.BZFlag.org/irc/irc.cgi
  
* http://my.BZFlag.org/bb/
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Please see [[BZFlag on IRC]] for more info.
  
The old forums are on SourceForge and less friendly:
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==Web Forums==
  
* http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=3248 - main page
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BZFlag maintains a set of [[BZFlag Forums|official forums]], located at http://my.BZFlag.org/bb/
* http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=9554 - help forum
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There are a number of BZFlag mailing lists. The best one for support questions is bzflag-user. Archives and subscription information can be found on the SourceForge BZFlag project mailing list page:
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An older set of forums, located on SourceForge , are mostly unused, but located at:
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*http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=3248 - main page
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*http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=9554 - help forum
  
* http://sourceforge.net/mail/?group_id=3248
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==Mailing Lists==
  
Some basic instructions:
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There are a number of BZFlag mailing lists. The best one for support questions is bzflag-user. Archives and subscription information can be found on the SourceForge BZFlag project mailing list page at http://sourceforge.net/mail/?group_id=3248
  
* ListServer - using the ListServer for central registration.
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==Common Support Issues==
* ["CreatingAServer"] - starting a private or public server
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The [[Common Support Issues]] page lists a number of the common problems with the game, and there resolutions.
* SinglePlayerMode - running with bots on your own server
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* SquidProxy - a possible work around if you are getting central login tickets, but not logging into servers
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Crashing
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==Documentation==
* If your client crashes on startup or some keymappings dont work you might try removing your ConfigFile and starting again. You will have to set things like video mode and username/password again after removing it.
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The game is documented via a series of manual pages ( or man pages ).
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They on Linux and other Unix like operating systems they are installed by default, and can be accessed by using the '''man''' command and one of the following pages.
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*bzflag
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*bzfs
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*bzadmin
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*bzw
  
The man pages are online:
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On Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX, the manual pages are in HTML format, and ether installed in the start menu, for windows, or in the extra's folder on the install DMG for OSX.
  
* [http://my.bzflag.org/bzfman.cgi?bzflag.6.in bzflag] - the game ("client")
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The man pages are also online in HTML format:
* [http://my.bzflag.org/bzfman.cgi?bzadmin.6.in bzadmin] - a text-only client
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* [http://my.bzflag.org/bzfman.cgi?bzfs.6.in bzfs] - the server
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* [http://my.bzflag.org/bzfman.cgi?bzw.5.in bzw] - the game map "world" file format"
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If you can't find what you need above, you can open a support ticket
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*[http://my.bzflag.org/bzfman.cgi?bzflag.6.in bzflag]
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*[http://my.bzflag.org/bzfman.cgi?bzadmin.6.in bzadmin]
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*[http://my.bzflag.org/bzfman.cgi?bzfs.6.in bzfs]
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*[http://my.bzflag.org/bzfman.cgi?bzw.5.in bzw]
  
* http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=3248&atid=203248
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==Further Support==
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If any of these methods to not provide acceptable resolution to a problem. The project maintains a support tracking system on SourceForge. New tickets can be opened at this URL:
  
[[Category:Development]]
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http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=3248&atid=203248
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==See also==
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[[BZFlag on IRC]]
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[[BZFlag Forums]]
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[[Common Support Issues]]
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==External links==
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[http://my.BZFlag.org/irc/irc.cgi BZFlag Web IRC gateway]
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[[Category:Support]]

Revision as of 19:32, 19 February 2007

Getting help on BZFlag is rather easy. There are a number of places to get help

IRC Chat Room

The BZFlag communities make heavy use of IRC for communication and collaboration.

The freenode network is used for all IRC communications. Common channels include:

    1. bzflag
    2. bzchat

A web interface is provided to these channels at http://my.BZFlag.org/irc/irc.cgi

Please see BZFlag on IRC for more info.

Web Forums

BZFlag maintains a set of official forums, located at http://my.BZFlag.org/bb/

An older set of forums, located on SourceForge , are mostly unused, but located at:

Mailing Lists

There are a number of BZFlag mailing lists. The best one for support questions is bzflag-user. Archives and subscription information can be found on the SourceForge BZFlag project mailing list page at http://sourceforge.net/mail/?group_id=3248

Common Support Issues

The Common Support Issues page lists a number of the common problems with the game, and there resolutions.

Documentation

The game is documented via a series of manual pages ( or man pages ). They on Linux and other Unix like operating systems they are installed by default, and can be accessed by using the man command and one of the following pages.

  • bzflag
  • bzfs
  • bzadmin
  • bzw

On Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX, the manual pages are in HTML format, and ether installed in the start menu, for windows, or in the extra's folder on the install DMG for OSX.

The man pages are also online in HTML format:

Further Support

If any of these methods to not provide acceptable resolution to a problem. The project maintains a support tracking system on SourceForge. New tickets can be opened at this URL:

http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=3248&atid=203248

See also

BZFlag on IRC

BZFlag Forums

Common Support Issues

External links

BZFlag Web IRC gateway