Rcon

hernanat

The Source RCON Protocol is a protocol designed to allow for the remote execution of commands on a server that supports it.

It is used for many different game servers running on the Source Dedicated Server, but other types of game servers (Minecraft) support it (or flavors of it) as well.

This gem intends to provide a means of executing remote commands via the “vanilla” RCON protocol by default, but also offers some configuration options to allow you to work with the more problematic implementations of the protocol (i.e. Minecraft).

See the docs for more information

Installation

Add this line to your application’s Gemfile:

ruby gem 'rconrb'

And then execute:

$ bundle install

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install rconrb

Usage

Basic Usage

Vanilla

ruby client = Rcon::Client.new(host: "1.2.3.4", port: 25575, password: "foreveryepsilonbiggerthanzero") client.authenticate! client.execute("list")

Minecraft

Minecraft implements the protocol in such a way that makes me want to tear my hair out. Anyways:

ruby client = Rcon::Client.new(host: "1.2.3.4", port: 25575, password: "foreveryepsilonbiggerthanzero") client.authenticate!(ignore_first_packet: false) # Minecraft RCON does not send a preliminary auth packet client.execute("list")

Segmented Responses

Some responses are too large to send back in one packet, and so they are broken up across several. We handle this by sending a “trash” packet along immediately following our initial packet. Since SRCDS guarantees that packets will be processed in order, and responded to in order, so we basically we build the response body across several packets until we encounter the trash packet id, in which case we know that we are finished. It’s worth noting that I’m not positive that Minecraft follows this behavioral guarantee, but throughout the testing that I’ve done it has seemed to.

Note that the segmented response workflow is disabled by default since most commands won’t result in a segmented response.

Vanilla

ruby client = Rcon::Client.new(host: "1.2.3.4", port: 25575, password: "foreveryepsilonbiggerthanzero") client.authenticate! client.execute("cvarlist", expect_segmented_response: true)

Minecraft

Minecraft RCON doesn’t handle receiving multiple packets in quick succession very well, and seems to get confused and just close the TCP connection. This has been a long standing issue. The solution is basically to wait a brief period between the initial packet and the trash packet to give the server some time to process. This isn’t an exact science unfortunately.

ruby client = Rcon::Client.new(host: "1.2.3.4", port: 25575, password: "foreveryepsilonbiggerthanzero") client.authenticate!(ignore_first_packet: false) # Minecraft RCON does not send a preliminary auth packet client.execute("banlist", expect_segmented_response: true, wait: 0.25)

Development

After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install.

Contributing

Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at https://github.com/hernanat/rconrb

TODO: contribution guidelines