A New Breed of MUSH Server

Connecting to the Server Shell

To manage certain parts of your game, you will need to connect to the Server Shell, which is like a command prompt for your game server. This is different than connecting with your MUSH client, because your’e connecting to the server, not the game.

The Ares User

The very first time you log in (using any of the methods described below), you’ll use the username “root” and the password that was emailed to you.

As part of the game installation, it will create an “ares” user and password. Use the “ares” user for day-to-day operations and save the “root” user for things that require special permissions.

Note: All of the command line tools you use once the game is set up, like starting the game and doing upgrades, are designed to be run as the ares user. You’ll need to either log in as that user or su - ares to switch to them with a privileged account. Otherwise things won’t work right.

How to Connect

There are a variety of ways to connect to the server shell depending on your OS and what tools you want to use.

Using Windows Powershell

On Windows 10 and up, you can connect using Windows Powershell:

  1. Open a Powershell prompt.
  2. Type ssh

Using Mac Terminal

On MacOSX, you can connect using the Terminal app:

  1. Open a Terminal window. (It’s usually under “Utilities” in the Applications menu.)
  2. Type ssh

Using a Desktop Client

There are many SSH clients available. A popular one is PuTTY, available for Windows Mac. Once installed, you can add your game to PuTTY’s address book.

Connecting through Digital Ocean

If you used the Digital Ocean setup instructions, you can connect directly to your droplet using the Digital Ocean control panel. The console is rudimentary and annoying, but it’s a safe fallback if nothing else works for you.

  1. Log into your Digital Ocean account and select “Droplets” from the top menu.
  2. Select your droplet.
  3. Select “Access”.
  4. Click “Launch Console”.
  5. Log in.

Changing Directories

Once in the server shell, you’ll need to change to the folder where the Ares code lives. You do this through the change directory command - cd.

cd - Goes to your home folder.
cd aresmush - From your home folder, changes to the game folder.
cd ares-webportal - From your home folder, changes to the web folder.

This article is part of the Installing AresMUSH tutorial.