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 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 - aresto switch to them with a privileged account. Otherwise things won’t work right.
There are a variety of ways to connect to the server shell depending on your OS and what tools you want to use.
On Windows 10 and up, you can connect using Windows Powershell:
On MacOSX, you can connect using the Terminal app:
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.
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 - 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.