pioneers-meta-server — meta game server for Pioneers


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 meta-server 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 meta-server 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 meta-server can be influenced with the following three environment variables:
The hostname the meta-server 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


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


This manual page was written by Jeff Breidenbach <>, and updated by Roland Clobus <> and Bas Wijnen <>. Pioneers was written by Dave Cole <>, Andy Heroff <>, and Roman Hodek <>, 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.