I'm running a game dedicated server for the Valve game Left 4 Dead 2 on my housed root server. I had one running for years back when I was still running Debian Squeeze (6, oldstable, x86_64) on my servers and wanted to set one up again now on Debian Wheezy (7, stable, multiarch x86/x86_64). When running the server I see some error messages and noone seems to be able to connect to the server.
I start the dedicated server with the following command:
sudo -u l4d2 /opt/left4dead2/srcds_run -steam_dir /opt/left4dead2/steamcmd -steamcmd_script /opt/left4dead2/left4dead2.steamcmd -autoupdate -ip 126.96.36.199 -port 27016
When starting the dedicated server process I see the following lines in the output:
[S_API FAIL] SteamAPI_Init() failed; SteamAPI_IsSteamRunning() failed. [S_API FAIL] SteamAPI_Init() failed; unable to locate a running instance of Steam, or a local steamclient.dll.
And after some probably unrelated cable-noise-like blobs of text:
[S_API FAIL] SteamAPI_Init() failed; SteamAPI_IsSteamRunning() failed. dlopen failed trying to load: /opt/left4dead2/.steam/sdk32/steamclient.so with error: /opt/left4dead2/.steam/sdk32/steamclient.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
The server is configured as a Steam Group server (I have some echo commands in the config file and know that it has been successfully loaded) and should be visible to anyone in the referenced group who is ingame. It doesn't show up, nor can I join manually by issuing the ingame command
connect 188.8.131.52:27016. The respective UDP port is open on the system firewall.
Some months ago Valve replaced their
hldsupdatetool utility for downloading the game server files with a new tool called SteamCMD, this tool, according to a Valve mailing list announcement, is now mandatory.
I used the following command to install the game server:
cd /opt/left4dead2 sudo -u l4d2 steamcmd/steamcmd.sh +login anonymous +force_install_dir .. +app_update 222860 validate +quit
I managed to get rid of the last three lines by creating the directories
/opt/left4dead2/.steam/sdk32 and copying the
/opt/left4dead2/steamcmd/linux32/ to that location, which was described as a solution to the problem here. But I still cannot connect to the server at all.
I hope someone can help me with this and that Server Fault is the right place for such a problem. I didn't see any better matching Stack Exchange branch to post it on.