pioneers-meta-server [options]


Pioneers is an implementation of the popular, award-winning "Settlers of Catan" board game. It uses a client/server model for networked play. This program provides a piece of network infrastructure that helps match pioneers clients to pioneers servers. Casual players of pioneers probably do not need to run this program.


-?, --help

Print a short help text and exit.

-d, --daemon

Run in daemon mode.

-P, --pidfile pidfile

Write the pid to pidfile (implies -d)

-r, --redirect location

Redirect to another metaserver running at location.

-s, --servername hostname

Use hostname as hostname when creating servers.

-p, --port-range from-to

Use ports in the range from-to (inclusive) to start servers. It is advised not to include port 5557 in the range. (See BUGS below.) When this range is not specified, the metaserver will not be able to create new games.


Enable debug messages.


Duplicate the messages of the syslog to the console.


Show version information.


The default settings of the metaserver can be influenced with the following three environment variables:


The hostname the metaserver will use when creating new games. This should be a hostname that can be resolved by all clients that will connect.


The path to pioneers-server-console. If it is not set, the default installation path will be used.


The path to the game definition files. If it is not set, the default installation path will be used.



Game definitions



Shutdown the metaserver gracefully (can be used to check for memory leaks)


Do not include port 5557 in the --port-range argument because the metaserver uses this port.


This manual page was written by Jeff Breidenbach <[email protected]>, and updated by Roland Clobus <[email protected]> and Bas Wijnen <[email protected]>. Pioneers was written by Dave Cole <[email protected]>, Andy Heroff <[email protected]>, and Roman Hodek <[email protected]>, with contributions from many other developers on the Internet; see the AUTHORS file in the pioneers distribution or the help->about dialog in one of the graphical programs for a complete list of contributing authors.

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