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I'm making a small server for me and my friends, on a Raspberry Pi. All the guides I have seen so far use Spigot, but there isn't that much documentation that I can find on what they did to make it more lightweight.

What features are lacking? Or did they just make it handle the RAM more efficient but still have 100% the same features? Can I still use the same Bukkit plugins for my server? Also, with the modifications, with a Minecraft update, do I have to wait for MinecraftCraftBukkitSpigot/Plugins to get all updated before I can update my server? (i.e., does Spigot lag behind CraftBukkit's update cycle?) If so, does it generally take a long time to do this?

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Spigot is a fork of CraftBukkit and implements the same Bukkit plugin API, and is designed to be a drop-in replacement for CraftBukkit.

The advantage of Spigot is extreme configurability. If you know what you're doing, you can see a 50% drop in RAM and CPU use. But that's a big if – since you're asking, you should probably assume that the extreme configurability of Spigot will cause you more trouble than it's worth right now. Spigot is kind of like the "Enterprise Server" version of CraftBukkit, intended for expertly-tuned dedicated servers.

Spigot does update slower too, since it depends on CraftBukkit development.

On the plus side, since they're compatible you can always start with CrafBukkit and then move to Spigot once you feel like you understand how to manage a Bukkit-based server. Believe me, there is plenty to learn just in setting up a "basic" CraftBukkit server.

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So it's just settings? No removement of features? Thanks! –  Annonomus Penguin Sep 23 '13 at 22:55
    
I didn't even know this answer but I am glad I found it. Thanks for the good insights. –  user55083 Sep 23 '13 at 23:02
    
Didn't Spigot offer the 'We send the mods to the client' functionality as well? I thought that was its key feature.. Maybe Ive been out of CraftBukkit too long. –  James Sep 23 '13 at 23:28
    
@James I believe there's a Spigot client too, which has been used as the basis for Forge-based modpack installers like Technic. I don't think the server usually needs it though since Bukkit mods are exclusively server-side. –  SevenSidedDie Sep 24 '13 at 0:03
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@James I think that you mean "Spoutcraft", I can't access it currently but I believe it is get.spout.org –  The Ugly Nov 5 '13 at 17:43

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