Minecraft, pockets & editions

Minecraft is not Minecraft Pocket Edition.

My son’s now into Minecraft. I set up a Docker-based server for him, & discovered that he was running Minecraft Windows 10 Edition. This uses the same API as Minecraft Pocket Edition, which is not the same as Notch‘s standard Java-based Minecraft. For this reason, my first attempt at running a server worked only on my son’s PC when he remembered to run the Java-based game.

So I ran a Minecraft PE server. This was wonderfully easy but for actually starting the damn thing in a forked process. After multiple permutations of setsid, & and parentheses, this was the only command that actually forked successfully on Amazon’s default CentOs:


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