Update October 2017: The issue is back visit here for updated instructions.
UPDATE: It appears that Valve may of resolved this issue as I have tested without using the files and it now works first time. I will however leave the details here for reference.
HLDS (GoldSrc) games use appid 90 to download the server files from SteamCMD. There is a bug that requires you to try and download the serverfiles many times before it starts downloading all the assets. I have found a fix to this problem (After much trial and error).
This fix should work with both Windows and Linux servers.
update: I have found that the -beta beta flag is not really required. Only the correct appmanifest files are required.
Servers this fix is useful for.
|Server||ID||Extra Command Line options|
|HLDS for Half-Life and Counter-Strike 1.6||90|
|Counter-Strike: Condition Zero dedicated server||90||+app_update 90 +app_set_config “90 mod czero”|
|Deathmatch Classic dedicated server||90||+app_update 90 +app_set_config “90 mod dmc”|
|Day of Defeat dedicated server||90||+app_update 90 +app_set_config “90 mod dod”|
|Half-Life: Opposing Force dedicated server||90||+app_update 90 +app_set_config “90 mod gearbox”|
|Ricochet dedicated server||90||+app_update 90 +app_set_config “90 mod ricochet”|
|Team Fortress Classic dedicated server||90||+app_update 90 +app_set_config “90 mod tfc”|
How to Fix
I found the workaround while working on Linux Game Server Managers.
To fix the problem you require the correct appmanifest files to be pre-installed in the game server directory as for some reason the ones SteamCMD downloads rarely work first time.
Install the Server
Try downloading the server assets from SteamCMD once as you would normally.
./steamcmd.sh +login anonymous +force_install_dir "/home/csserver/serverfiles" +app_update 90 +app_set_config 90 mod czero validate +quit
You will notice that the download completed quickly. This indicates that the server did not download the files correctly.
Download the appmanifest files
Once the first download attempt is completed SteamCMD will of created a directory with a long name similar to the following within the install directory:
Delete all files in this directory.
Instead download the following files to this directory.
Retry using SteamCMD to download the server assets.
Half-Life, Half-Life: Deathmatch Classic and Counter Strike assets will of now downloaded.
For any servers that are a “mod”, for example +app_update 90 +app_set_config “90 mod czero” see ‘Download “mod” games’.
I recommend trying to download a couple of times just to make sure everything has worked.
Fix “mod” games
Once completing the previous step; If you are trying to install the following games an extra step is required. Replace appmanifest_90.acf with one specific to the server you want to install from the list below.
note: I am still missing some appmanifest but will add them when possible.
- Counter Strike: Condition Zero
- Day of Defeat
- Half-Life: Opposing Force
- Team Fortress Classic
When replaced once again run SteamCMD and the assets for that server will now download.
Hopefully this will save you several hours trying to install a HLDS server.