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TinyMUX 2.10: README (Unix-based)
Last Update: January 2010

Congratulations and welcome to the README file for TinyMUX 2.10.  That
you have chosen to actually read the file is a sign of bravery equal to
that of Beowulf facing Grendel or anyone who has ever faced the garden
variety lumbering behemoth.

We know that README files are often turgid and vague, filled with
technobabble that ties the reader up needlessly in corundums of little
purpose.  Too often, the story  ends with someone spending a lot of time
with someone else in countless hours of consultation, all to type a few
lines that were there the whole time, buried beyond view.

In the past, this has resulted in README being tossed aside, unread,
unwanted, unloved, and probably bitter from the experience.  However,
because we want you to succeed, we are happy to provide a file that will,
in our sincerest hopes, provide you with enough information to make that
possible.  If not, it should be at least an entertaining read....

The TinyMUX 2.10 README and supplemental documentation has been divided into
multiple files.  For discussion and instructions on how to do various things
associated with the care and feeding of your TinyMUX, please refer to the
following files:

  README              General information on the distribution, platforms it
                      has been shown to run under out of the box, how to
                      report bugs.

  CHANGES             New features, commands, and bug fixes.

  INSTALL             How to compile your game, step by step.

  NOTES               All kinds of tidbits made much easier to find.
                      Known compiling issues and known fixes are located
                      here.  Known OSes that TinyMUX 2.10 will run on and
                      compiling issues.  Contains basic conversion
                      information.

  docs/BACKUP         A file about the TinyMUX 2.10 Backup script.

  docs/CONFIGURATION  How to set up your TinyMUX, including an explanation of
                      the common configuration items, as well as how to set up
                      your game so that your db files so that they are
                      customized for your GAMENAME.

  docs/CONVERSION     How to convert a game from another type of server to
                      TinyMUX.

  docs/CREDITS        The people who helped make this server possible.

  docs/GUESTS         How the current guest implementation works and how to
                      set it up.

  docs/MEMORY         Explanations about how to set up disk and
                      memory-based operation plus tips on saving memory.

  docs/PATCHES        A very basic introduction to applying patches to the
                      server.

===========================================================================

General Information:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TinyMUX 2.10 is written in a mix of C and C++ and is currently being developed
on Win32, Win64, Debian, and FreeBSD.  It is a continuation of the TinyMUX 1.x
flavor of MUSH servers.

The latest version of this code can generally be found running at:

  brazilmux.tinymux.org 2860

Refer to the file CHANGES for information about new features, commands,
and bug fixes.  NOTES now contains a LOT of small bits of info related
to running the server, as well as reminders about how to flatfile the
database for conversions and moving from site to site.

Reminder of changes to dbconvert from TinyMUX 1.x:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you intend to run with --enable-memorybased, you can ignore this section.

 - One of the major and important changes from TinMUX 1.x is the use of CHash
   in the place of GDBM.  You will notice the changes primarily in the way
   dbconvert and the db_unload and db_load scripts work.

 - For disk-based games, dbconvert is the means by which the binary game data
   is converted to flatfile format and back again.  The db_load and db_unload
   scripts simplify the process for the user.

 - The syntax of the scripts is:

   - './db_load netmux netmux.flat netmux.db'

     This converts flatfiled database to binary for use by the server and
     would be done with dbconvert thus:

     ../bin/dbconvert -dnetmux -inetmux.flat -onetmux.db -l

   - './db_unload netmux netmux.db.new netmux.flat'

     This converts binary data to flatfile for would be done with dbconvert
     thus:

     ../bin/dbconvert -dnetmux -inetmux.db.new -onetmux.flat -u


Conversions from Other Database Formats:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Support for other database formats was removed circa TinyMUX 2.1.  To import
one of the following formats, you must first use dbconvert from TinyMUX 2.0
before using the resulting flatfile with TinyMUX 2.10.

   TinyMUX 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 (not beta)
   TinyMUX(Win32Beta) 1.5, 1.6, 2.0
   TinyMUSH 2.0 (all versions)
   TinyMUSH 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 2.2.4 release version (not beta)
   TinyMUSH 2.2.4U1 release version (not beta)

BUGS! and bug reporting:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
First things first:  Bugs happen in any large and complex piece of code.  The
important thing to understand is that the dev team has worked very hard to
ferret out and fix as many of the crashing/corrupting bugs in the server as
possible.  As part of the process, we also fixed a lot of the legacy bugs from
TinyMUX 1.6 and before.  We intend to keep doing it.

As you might expect, the complexion of the bug finds has changed over the
years.  We are finding much fewer crashing/corrupting bugs than before,
and at the same time, the bugs we find are now more likely to be our own
than legacy issues.

As for the cases where you do find bugs, we would like you to take the time
to send an E-mail with as much data as possible about the bug.  Each bug
report we receive is rated both by its severity (how much pain it causes) and
prioritized according to how beneficial it would be to fix it relative to the
other bugs on the list.  Sometimes, this process is formalized.  Sometimes,
due to lack of available time, it is ad-hoc.

-- Please double check to be sure it really is a bug and not a new
   feature or design decision.  This is important to the process, as it
   may mean that something was missed in the documentation and needs to
   be made clearer.  This simple test is that if the server crashes,
   it's a bug and if you can't tell, consider it one.

-- Try to reproduce and document the sequence of events that will
   demonstrate the bug.  This will help the dev team identify the problem
   sooner.  The 'log' configuration parameter may be very helpful in this
   process.  It is more important for the bug reporter to develop a
   reproducible case than it is for the bug reporter to isolate where the bug
   might be located or to develop a workaround or fix for the bug.

-- Send mail about it to: brazilofmux@gmail.com
   If the bug crashes the TinyMUX, try to include the following information
   from running dbx (or gdb) on the resulting core file:

     - Output of the 'where' command.
     - Output of the 'dump' command for each procedure level.

-- To use gdb or dbx, make sure you are in the game/ directory, and type

        gdb bin/netmux core     OR      dbx bin/netmux core

-- From there, simply type 'help' for help, or 'quit' to exit.


Environment:
~~~~~~~~~~~
TinyMUX 2.10 should run on most Unixes with BSD-style sockets and a C++
compiler that groks function prototypes.  It is 64-bit 'clean' code.  It
has been compiled and run successfully 'out of the box' on the following
platforms:

AIX 4.3
CentOS 6.x
Cygwin
Debian 2.1, 2.2, Woody, Sarge, Etch, Lenny, Sid
Fedora Core 1-7
FreeBSD (32 and 64-bit)
IRIX (Some versions)
Linux Kernels 2.0.35 - 2.6.18
Mac OS X.
Mandrake 6.0, 7.0
OpenBSD
QNX
RedHat 5.1, 5.2, 6.0-9.0, Fedora Core 1-7
Slackware 3.6, 4.0, 7.0, 10.0
Solaris 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 5.1, 9, 10.
SuSE 6.2, 9.3-10.2
Ubuntu 5.10

If you get TinyMUX 2.10 working on another platform, please let us know
about it!