Thanks EQ Worry Airio is looking really good now and has added extra fun to our Dead Men Racing servers.
As we change our track and car once a week on a Thursday at about 21:45, is it possible to have the championship stats changed at a user defined time rather than on the default Sunday? or a new "combo championship" started at track load with the !ptcc stats stored for that combo when race end is used a week later would be perfect.
The race start / qualify start button: At the moment there only is one big button in big letters displayed.
But we would like to display some basic server rules (3 or 4 lines) instead. Do you think it might be possible to add an integer in the config to adjust the font size and the possibility to add more than one line of text?
It would be nice if it is possible that only the first time a guest connects a kind of welcome screen is displayed (simmular as the connect button, but more than one line in smaller letters - like the rules e.g.).
At the moment every time a guest connects - no matter if it is the first time or he connected 1000 times before - a big button is shown :" Press shift+i for your personal configuration" and he has to click the OK button. This might be annoying doing it 1000x...
Same for connect buttons, up to 5 lines/buttons may be defined...
Well, certainly possible, I'm not sure what would be the point though. There can be no valuable info in such buttons, because they are displayed only once in a lifetime. And having "Press Shift+i" message there is rather an overkill, that instruction is always shown in chat lines anyway.
Yes, agreed, but that's how you defined it. By default there are no buttons displayed on connect or race start. If you'd like to use the buttons, I'd suggest using short server rules as connect buttons. It will not hurt people that much having to press OK after each connect, I've heard no complains yet. Race start buttons can then show good luck and some turn 1 warnings...
But I really would like to be able to create some short rules (5-liner) at race start - such as the "normal" rules are displayed instead of having (up to 5) BIG buttons covering the whole screen then....
But for ppl who like that large button it might be a good solution to be able to change the button seize by an integer. Maybe 3 values, big (as now), middle and small (as the rules are displayed now)
Well, I might add that size parameter, althought it is just a cosmetic change. But true, some people may prefer smaller buttons. However I consider 5 buttons (that is lines) of text maximum usable count. It has no meaning to create 10 lines of text to appear at race start, because time there is limited and you may have only 6 seconds to read it all...
TCP error means the IP/port combination you entered in CON file does not exist (is not reachable) - nothing responds there, no connection can be established. On the other hand password error means that something is responding on the set IP/port, but it does not respond correctly because you use wrong password (also in CON file) or it is some other TCP service.
Make sure the port you set in CON file is in fact server InSim port, defined by server /insim=xxxxx command, where xxxxx is often around 30000. If you can directly control your LFS server and especially if it is local (on the same computer when you run Airio), you should be always able to establish working connection. If you're using some LFS server provider, check with him the correct settings as there may be some port redirection and other strange limits...
Hmm... I still have no idea how to setup the timed messages...
I still have the problem, that 2 messages are displayed at the same time... I don´t know why.
Am I right that Message one should be displayed every 7, message 2 every 12 and message 3 every 17 minutes, right? Or is it so that after 7 min message 1 is displayed, 5 minutes later message 2, again 5 minutes later message 3 and then it starts again??
Sorry... did not stop the time yet
if point one is right then at min 7, 14, 28, 35, 42 etc. Message 1 should be displayed, at min 12, 24, 36, 48, 60 message 2 should be displayed and at min 17, 34, 51, 78, 95 message 3 should be displayed. I see no time at which 2 messages should be displayed at the same time...
LOL @ the in-depth exploration. I believe you're basically right, but you should realize that you'll see message 1 and 2 at the same time at least every 7x12=84 minutes, messages 1 and 3 at least every 7x17=119 minutes and all three messages at least every 7x12x17=1428 minutes (about once in 24 hours)...
I remember I was discussing this with someone about 2 or 3 months ago. We reached a conclusion that this is not the best system and we even came up with better idea how to rotate such messages so that only one always appears. But I have no idea now what this principle was.
Well, possible, but then setting individual times has no meaning, bacause if you set e.g. 5, 10, 15, there'll be 15 minutes with no message between message 2 and 3. So eiher what you say, but use only one periodicity with messages rotating, or another solution:
Define pauses as e.g. 5, 15, 60, but make sure only one message is displayed, the one that was waiting the longest. That means you'll have a message displayed every 5 minutes, but on each 15th and 60th minute it will be a different message.
Open Airio.tcd.txt file, find MaximumSpin key and set it to something like 360. This sets the maximum spin in degrees per second a car can rotate in race. All faster rotating cars are spectated for security. Note that this is not a perfect crash detection, but it helps a lot on packed servers. Don't forget to use !rld after saving the updated file!
It means there was a problem communicating with server, the conection was broken. Usually this happens when the server goes offline temporarily or restarts itself. Airio then closes the connection and tries to make a new one every 5 minutes.
LFSW data cannot be received for people that expressedly blocked them in their LFS World settings. You'll see the message about not receiving LFSW data for people with blocked access or without any data.
Use 360, spinning direction does not matter. Negative numer actually allows any spin speed.
That would be because of track rotation set. When last driver leaves the server, it is like voting to end race. If defined, track rotation will be done. See RotateTracks in SRV file.
This is active by default, see the following items in SRV file:
Completely wrong. Under default setting idling is set to 30 seconds. 5 seconds would be impossible to have, people will get specced right at the start before green light comes on and that really does not happen. So you're obviously wrong here.
Default settings define 2 restricted areas on BL1, the most important is on the inside of turn 1, the grass area there. It may hurt you once, it will save your race ten more times when people are sliding on grass (or going there on purpose) after start and crash the whole field. So, honestly, that's no crap, the gains are very high comparing to losses. How many cars would you have hit if you were not spectated? Maybe none, maybe ten, we do not know.
You have to go wrong way for 5 seconds in fact (and that is active movement in the wrong way, covering significant distance, not just a few meters), that is in race and under default settings. Most people need much less to turn their car around and get back on the track. Only crashers will not like this setting, because it makes their life so much harder.
Overall, EVERYTHING in Airio is admin-configurable. So if you think some settings are very wrong, ask server admins to change them. But the default demo settings, which I gather most servers use, have been tuned for many months. They are made so that decent racing is supported and so that crashers have a hard time (restricted areas in favorite crash spots, short allowed wrong way driving, many other filters). Strange you have problems with these primary protections. But take no offence.
Airio allows admins to create highly restrictive environment - say no bad words allowed, only one race join allowed, certain lap time required to join the race, etc. All these filters/check can also be turned off to create a very lenient environment - Airio then only gathers timing and other personal data, manages start grid, etc.
The default settings that are part of Airio download are something in between. Not all checks are active, not all defined, but some that has shown their value in the past are by default active. They may hurt you once, they may serve you in many other situations.
There's for example the blue flag check, people were complaining to me as to an AirAttack admin that it is a stupid filter. If someone has blue flag and the obstructed driver is close behind him, the flagged drivers may be getting requests to let the driver behind pass. If he ignores say 4 such warnings, he is spectated for bad driving. True, it may hurt when you're trying to unlap yourself and when you're not fast enough to put some space between yourself and the leader, but most of the time, when you're doing a good race (not rejoining in lap 3 from pits), it will help you, make the way clear for you from people unwilling to give way.
Sooo, every filter/check is a double-sided sword. I believe 95 percent of drivers would agree though that the default settings are very reasonable, supporting good racing, punishing only when there's a reason. Note that you're never speced/kicked for good driving. All the troubles you mentioned were results of your mistakes/crashes. That by itself tells a lot.
First, thanks J@tko for your responses. And you're of course right, not every restricted area is Airio-defined one. By default restricted/limited areas are defined only on BL1 and BL2 tracks, because they are more flexible than LFS-defined ones. (For example XFG and XRG cars would be spectated when trying to cut the chicane, while FBMs can pass there because for that car there are no time gains achieved by cutting, it is just escape route.)
There are also servers (I believe also the Suomi ones), which are running the so-called Remote+ version. Remote+ defines other areas (such as around the chicane on BL1) that would warn/spec you. Again, that's not Airio business.
I would almost agree on that one. It is kind of depressing that once you start spinning you can just wait if you'll get spectated or if you'll escape that filter and will be able to continue.
But then we must see that races with 32 cars are no exception on that server and spectating fast every quickly spinning car has its obvious advantages. In the end, as you mentioned, it is admin decision, if this filter will run and under what setting.
I might just call to Failure's attention that this filter may have different setting on every track (or car, or both). Very usable in SO track with narrow path, not so much on WE and elsewhere with wide escape zones and barriers far away.