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Close server for maintenance?

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CHrankAdminDeinFreund
7 months ago
(edited 7 months ago)

Since two days, the server apparently no longer knows what game version to host (.19/.20/.22). The outdated versions have a bug where the build menu crashes when removing a unit from queue, causing the interface to break for most players. Replays aren't saved for MM games and games not using ZK 1.5.4.19. Due to this, Elo isn't updated either. (+Spring crashes at the start of every game for me)

All of these features are pretty central to the user experience, which is why I'd suggest fixing them asap and notifying users that the server is currently in need of maintenance. Acknowledging the problem would at least give newcomers the hope to come back another day when the game is working again.

Now to make this rant and actual meaningful thread:
  • What are we going to do to avoid such failures in the future?
  • If it still happens, how will we respond to it for a quick resolution?

For the former, we should definitely set up a proper testing server. The current test server requires complicated configuration and a Chobby restart to connect to it. You need to be core-admin to set up the proper engine and update the server to the current state. Then you need to clone the zk github and set it up as game because zk:test is not working anymore. No wonder nobody is using the test server. Connecting to the server should be a simple switch in the login screen and automatically use the latest engine and zk version.

For the latter, there has to be a revert button. It would set the server's engine, zk and infra version to what was used before the last roll-out. Of course this would first require a concept of "roll-outs" other than github version tags and the server to be actually able to choose the version of the game that is being used.


+2 / -0



RUrankFirepluk
7 months ago
(edited 7 months ago)

Develobs doing their regular bullshit - commit and deploy while doing zero testing
especially on fri, sat, sunday and then go drink/socialize whatever else normal human do on weekends..
gg wp and lob lob develob

But hey at least we're moving with renames xD
+5 / -0


CZrankAdminLicho
7 months ago
(edited 7 months ago)

To connect to server it should be enough to download test chobby.exe from test.zero-k.info and run it.

OR

Switch your steam branch to "test" (but that is currently not being updated to save harddisks from hardwork)



Anyway is there any issue atm? I'm mostly away from game for 2 more weeks but nobody contacted me about any issue.
+1 / -0



CHrankAdminDeinFreund
7 months ago
(edited 7 months ago)

CZrankAdminLicho sorry for the misunderstanding leading to me taking this here. I've summarized my main concerns on github.
+1 / -0

NZrankhedgehogs
7 months ago
(edited 7 months ago)

1st problem:

Dedicated test servers.
Consistent testing
Bugfix before release
Have good alpha/beta testers
(We need more players for this.)
2nd:
Immediate throwback.
Cut off anything affecting server.
Alert any and ALL decent devlobsters.
+0 / -4



RUrankFirepluk
7 months ago
(edited 7 months ago)

Keep calm and just lob lob develob
One more shittie gonna fix it all
+0 / -2


DErankChesti
7 months ago
I have to arrange some things. Game development is very good and I like it.
To be hold is that the infrastructure and the deployment structure really sucks since years.
+1 / -0