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  • HLDS Update Tool Shortcut Info

    Here is the shortcut to use for HLDS to update/install the red orchestra server files:

    hldsupdatetool -command update -game redorchestra -dir .

    You can get the update tool from:
    [I support "RO Forums Classic" mode!!!]

  • #2
    This will probably be asked a lot, so for linux:

    Download the linux version of hlupdatetool and place it into the directory you want to install the server to. Then do:

    chmod +x hldsupdatetool.bin


    If you get an "uncompress not found" error do:

    <type in root password>

    then do:

    cd /bin; ln -s gunzip uncompress

    now exit the root shell and again do:


    After you accept the license agreement do:

    ./steam -command update -game redorchestra -dir .

    If should update the steam binary; when it's done run the above command again.

    Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy


    • #3
      Originally posted by y2kill
      . . . .

      ./steam -command update -game redorchestra -dir .

      If should update the steam binary; when it's done run the above command again.

      Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy
      This is actually the full command line if you used the instructions from the draft manual. If you don't specify the right subdirectory after -dir or put the period at the end of the line, you will install a second server on the box. That can be a problem if you use a script to start your server, because you will just run the old version rather than the patched-up version.

      [FONT=Verdana]./steam -command update -game redorchestra -dir ~/hlds/ROOST[/FONT][FONT=Verdana]

      Last edited by mburnzie; 04-17-2006, 08:06 PM.


      • #4
        Tonight I was installing a Half-Life 2 dedicated server on the same box and I discovered that it will also install without the tilde (~). So this command line should work too.

        ./steam -command update -game redorchestra -dir /hlds/ROOST

        p.s. it looks like the info preceding my post came from here. Pretty good stuff.


        • #5
          Idiot needs help!!

          Can we have a step-by-step idiot-proof guide for using HLDS tool on a windows server please?


          • #6
            if you guys already got a server setup for you just contact the company that did it.

            If you want to set up a server yourself follow the link to the hlds update tool and just read the txt file its self explaining.


            • #7
              Will we lose our configuration files?
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              • #8
                no you shouldn't but you could always back it up and place it back later.


                • #9
                  The way I do it with rdp to my WinServer2003 server:

                  Download the hlds update tool.

                  Open notepad.

                  Add lines similar to the following:
                  cd C:\program files\valve\hlserver
                  hldsupdatetool -command update -game "redorchestra" -dir "c:\program files\ROOST"
                  Change the first line so that the batch file changes to the directory where you installed the hldsupdatetool.

                  Change the text within the quotations after -dir to point to the parent location of your Red Orchestra files.

                  Save the file as (for example) ROupdate. bat to your desktop. (Be sure that notepad does not save it as ROupdate.bat.txt)

                  Close notepad.

                  Double click the icon and it should update the server files.

                  Be warned, just like the client patch, it takes a while.



                  • #10
                    Floyd, for some reason that batch file wants to install the updatetool every time i run it, i have chnged all the lines to the correct paths.
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                    • #11

                      The first line should change to the directory where you installed the hldsupdatetool.exe file.

                      Then the next line executes it with the parameters.

                      If there is no update, I get a message indicating so.

                      That is verbatim the .bat file on my servers desktop....strange.


                      • #12
                        Thats the way I've done in m8, just don't under stand why it keeps wanting to install hldsupdatetool, never mind I've just resorted to typing it in.
                        Would have been handy having the batch file though.
                        RO AirAttack =
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                        • #13
                          I've got it to work, I forgot the server has a partition where the games are installed, just had to change the path to partition drive then cd to the hlserver.

                          Thanks Floyd

                          BTW Floyd,
                          That is a cracking little tip, simple but effective.
                          Last edited by Punchy; 06-28-2006, 07:08 AM.
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                          • #14
                            The DOS days weren't all in vain
                            I neglected to ask if you had multiple drives (virtual or otherwise).
                            Glad you got it going.



                            • #15
                              Am I correct in assuming that this needs to be done on DEDICATED servers only and is not to be done on CLIENT machines??

                              Assuming the answer is yes, if someone has a GSP running their RO Server, they will need to have them do this update..

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