|Global Player Rankings - Top 1,000 Players, Weekly Kills, Top Clans and Server List.|
The latest version is v1.5 (Released 10th May, 2006) - What's New?|
Download it from here (80 Kb), or from The Lancers Reactor.
|Contents: About FLstat | Installation | Customising Output | Advanced Options | Tips and Tricks | Revision History | Links|
is a futuristic computer game for the PC which offers cutting edge space combat as well as
exploration, trade and missions. Players can also join one of many multiplayer games on the Internet.
Written for this PC game, FLstat is a program that decodes the player files on a multiplayer server, and generates a ranking table in HTML. This HTML file can then be published on the internet for all to see. Here is an example of FLstat in action >>>
FLstat is not a MOD, and does not change any of the files used by Freelancer. This will only run on multiplayer servers, not clients.
This is designed to encourage healthy competition amongst players, and it can even assist administrators in spotting cheats on their multiplayer servers. However, this is tool is not specifically aimed at player administration - for a more complete admin tool, have a look at Freelancer Server Operator from www.ioncross.com.
Once a server is running FLstat, it is eligible to be included in the Global Player Rankings.
Windows 95/98/Me users: you will have to rename "update.cmd" to "update.bat".
Warning: On multiplayer servers with a large number of players, this may take some considerable time to execute and will put significant load on the computer, so schedule it for when the least number of players are on. Consider using the -nice option to reduce the load on the computer.
You can use a web server of your choice to publish this file on the Web.
I found TinyWeb
to be very simple and effective.
If you want to run this from a different account or computer, have a look at the -path option in Advanced Options below.
Also see Tips and Tricks to see how you can automatically uploads the stats to another computer.
Note: After editing "header.htt" or "footer.htt", you will need to run "update.cmd" again to see the changes. Also, don't forget to copy/move the file "table.css" to the same place that you have "flstat.html"!
-top <N> - Show only top N players.
FLstat.exe -rank 25 -active 24 > middle.txt
copy /B header.htt+middle.txt+footer.htt flstat.html
-rank <N> - Show only players at rank N or higher.
-days <N> - Show only players which have played within the last N days.
-nice <N> - Run with lower CPU usage, for example: -nice 50. This is useful on multiplayer servers with very many players, as it minimises the load. Default setting is 10.
-path <dir> - Override the default location of the Multiplayer Accounts.
You might want to use this if you are running FLstat as a different user, or from a different computer. This must be the full path where the accounts are stored, for example:
-active <N> - Highlight players that have logged in within the last N hours.
-path "C:\My Documents\My Games\Freelancer\Accts\MultiPlayer"
This is best set to a number of hours that is similar to the frequency that the page is updated. For example, if the page is update once per day, then use -active 24, but if it is updated every hour, then you could use -active 1.
-cheats <N> - Highlight cheaters, where N is the sensitivity level.
The higher cheat sensitivity number N, the less sensitive the detection becomes. If you set this too high, then cheaters will go undetected, and if you set it too low then innocent players get unfairly branded as a cheat. 30 is the recommended value to catch most cheaters, where as 50 with only catch the really serious cheats. A value of 10 will probably catch all cheaters, but may also highlight someone who hasn't actually cheated. You should experiment with different values, and stick with the one that works best for you.
-sort <key> - sort players by Rank (default), Kills, Money, Time or Login.
It is possible to call FLstat.exe multiple times in the "update.cmd" file, each time with a different sort key. This means that you can publish different pages, each sorted by a different key. For example:-nofile - prevent filenames of player files from appearing in the HTML code.
FLstat.exe -sort Rank > middle.txt
copy /B header.htt+middle.txt+footer.htt flstat-rank.html
FLstat.exe -sort Kills > middle.txt
copy /B header.htt+middle.txt+footer.htt flstat-kills.html
FLstat.exe -sort Time > middle.txt
copy /B header.htt+middle.txt+footer.htt flstat-time.html
FLstat.exe -sort Login > middle.txt
copy /B header.htt+middle.txt+footer.htt flstat-login.html
If this option is not specified, then the player filenames will appear as comments in the HTML code. Some admins find this a useful way to identify certain players who break the multiplayer server rules.
<!-- File: 23-41639410/0a-bafe861e.fl -->.
However, some servers have rules that allow players to have more than one character, and so this option can be specified to preserve the players privacy, and protect their secondary characters.
This line will upload the file "flstat.html" to your ftp server (in ASCII mode), into the directory "remote/path". The file "ftp.txt" contains the following lines:
C:\path\to\NcFTP\ncftpput -a -f ftp.txt remote/path flstat.html
IMPORTANT: Be very careful about your security - your password is stored on the computer here, so you must make sure that no one can get to it!
If you're using an ISP webspace and can't configure the webserver, then try the Perl CGI script gzip_cnc.