basic.cfg

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Introduction

This article deals with the basic.cfg, the name means nothing, and can be called anything. The real name is determined by the -cfg command line option when launching the dedicated server or the game executable - in other words it also works for clients. When you do not provide a name, a default .cfg file is loaded with a name depending on a product, located in the Documents area of the OS user profile. (For Arrowhead the name is ArmA2OA.cfg, for ArmA 2 it is arma2.cfg).

In this configuration file you should configure your server's connectivity, mainly for performance tuning.

Performance Tuning Options

There are also some parameters that can be used to fine-tune network performance. You can add following entries to arma.cfg (the main Armed Assault configuration file)

MaxMsgSend=<limit>; 
   Maximum number of packets (aggregate messages) that can be sent in one simulation cycle ("frame").
   Increasing this value can decrease lag on high upload bandwidth servers.
   Default: 128

MaxSizeGuaranteed=<limit>; 
   Maximum size (payload) of guaranteed packet in bytes (without headers).
   Small messages are packed to larger packets (aggregate messages).
   Guaranteed packets (aggregate messages) are used for non-repetitive events like shooting.
   Default: 512

MaxSizeNonguaranteed=<limit>; 
   Maximum size (payload) of non-guaranteed packet in bytes (without headers).
   Small messages are packed to larger packets (aggregate messages).
   Non-guaranteed packets (aggregate messages) are used  for repetitive updates like soldier or vehicle position.
   Increasing this value may improve bandwidth requirement, but it may increase lag.
   Default: 256

MinBandwidth=<bottom_limit>;
   Bandwidth the server is guaranteed to have (in bps).
   This value helps server to estimate bandwidth available.
   Increasing it to too optimistic values can increase lag and CPU load, as too many messages will be sent but discarded.
   Default: 131072

MaxBandwidth=<top_limit>;
   Bandwidth the server is guaranteed to never have (in bps).
   This value helps the server to estimate bandwidth available.

MinErrorToSend=<limit>;
   Minimal error to send updates across network.
   Using a smaller value can make units  observed by binoculars or sniper rifle to move smoother.
   Default: 0.001 (was 0.01 until ARMA 2:OA version 1.60, ARMA 2 version 1.11 uses 0.01)

MinErrorToSendNear=<limit>;
   Minimal error to send updates across network for near units.
   Using larger value can reduce traffic sent for near units. Used to control client to server traffic as well.
   Introduced in ArmA 2 1.60, Default: 0.01

Networking Tuning Options

class sockets{maxPacketSize = <limit>;};
   Maximal size of packet sent over network. 
   This can be set for both client-to-server AND server-to-client(s) independently!
   see client(arma2.cfg#Generic_config or arma2oa.cfg#Generic_config, ) 
   Default: 1400
   Use please only in case Your router or ISP enforce lower packet size and You have connectivity issues with game
   Desync might happen if used MaxSizeGuaranteed/MaxSizeNonguaranteed values over the maxPacketSize. 
   maxPacketSize default reduced from 1490 to 1400 since 1.60, thus MaxSize... values over 1300 could be affected negatively.

Other Tuning Options

 ! NOTE: See the talk page for some more background info by Suma.
MaxCustomFileSize=<size_in_bits>;
   Users with custom face or custom sound larger than this size are kicked when trying to connect.
Note
The greatest level of optimization can be achieved by setting the MaxMsgSend
and MinBandwidth parameters. For a server with 1024 kbps we recommend the
following values:
   MaxMsgSend = 256;
   MinBandwidth = 768000;

While connected to the dedicated server, you can use the admin command #monitor to monitor server resource usage. (You have to be logged in as or voted as game admin to do this.) The server never runs at more than 50 fps. When running slower, it always uses all available CPU processing power to maintain the smoothest possible gameplay. When running at less than 15 fps, you can consider the server overloaded – the mission currently played is probably too complex for given server. If you see the server is not using bandwidth that it could use, you can try increasing values MaxMsgSend and MinBandwidth.

Example Configuration File

// These options are created by default
language="English";
adapter=-1;
3D_Performance=1.000000;
Resolution_W=800;
Resolution_H=600;
Resolution_Bpp=32;


// These options are important for performance tuning

MinBandwidth = 131072;			// Bandwidth the server is guaranteed to have (in bps). This value helps server to estimate bandwidth available. Increasing it to too optimistic values can increase lag and CPU load, as too many messages will be sent but discarded. Default: 131072
MaxBandwidth = 10000000000;		// Bandwidth the server is guaranteed to never have. This value helps the server to estimate bandwidth available.

MaxMsgSend = 128;			// Maximum number of messages that can be sent in one simulation cycle. Increasing this value can decrease lag on high upload bandwidth servers. Default: 128
MaxSizeGuaranteed = 512;		// Maximum size of guaranteed packet in bytes (without headers). Small messages are packed to larger frames. Guaranteed messages are used for non-repetitive events like shooting. Default: 512
MaxSizeNonguaranteed = 256;		// Maximum size of non-guaranteed packet in bytes (without headers). Non-guaranteed messages are used for repetitive updates like soldier or vehicle position. Increasing this value may improve bandwidth requirement, but it may increase lag. Default: 256

MinErrorToSend = 0.001;			// Minimal error to send updates across network. Using a smaller value can make units observed by binoculars or sniper rifle to move smoother. Default: 0.001
MinErrorToSendNear = 0.01;		// Minimal error to send updates across network for near units. Using larger value can reduce traffic sent for near units. Used to control client to server traffic as well. Default: 0.01

MaxCustomFileSize = 0;			// (bytes) Users with custom face or custom sound larger than this size are kicked when trying to connect.

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