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PyTalker is quite quite dead. This isn't even PyTalker's latest version, or a version at all, this is a development snapshot of what almost came to be PyTalker 0.3.0 (but never really did anyway). So, I'm just uploading this because: 1) This is the only version of PyTalker I've found on my old backups; 2) Daniel (see MAINTAINERS file) asked me for a backup of this, for old times' sake; 3) History :-P The PyTalker project ended, and we've pointed out a replacement at the time: please read http://mamnuts.blogspot.com/2010/10/mamnuts-and-pytalker-are-dead-long-live.html =============================================================================== PyTalker These are the release notes for PyTalker. Read them carefully, as they tell you what this is all about, explain how to make your own talker using PyTalker, and what to do if something goes wrong. WHAT IS PyTalker? PyTalker is a NUTS-like talker base, written in Python, made by Daniel Alexandre with assistance from Mind Booster Noori and Hellraiser. More info about the developers team in the MAINTAINERS file. It aims to have all the features you would expect in a modern fully-fledged talker base, including accentuated characters, colors, SSL connections, configuration tools, database I/O, rooms, levels, stuff like that. It is distributed under the GNU General Public License - see the accompanying COPYING file for more details. WHAT IS A NUTS-like TALKER BASE? A NUTS-like talker base is a talker base that has an enviorement like NUTS, the most commonly used talker base. WHAT IS A TALKER BASE? A Talker is a program. Although you can build a complete talker from scratch, there are some base programs (Talker bases) you can use to build a Talker. It much simpler and coder friendly (if that even exists...) to modify a Talker base into a real Talker. All you need to do is to add some commands an to give a new look. At least on most of the Talker bases. The fact of a Talker is built on one or another base doesn't affect much the user. The interface may change, but the user rarely has a perception of the core of the Talker. Experienced users may see it but for the common user this doesn't mean much. There are many bases for a Talker and that is the choice of the Talker coder. They choose this or another because they like the implementation or because they are in a given community that uses that base. That was what happened to me. This way, I can discuss bugs within this community and/or new implementations. WHAT IS A TALKER? The best and last up-to-date definition of a talker can be read in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talker . ON WHAT SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE DOES IT RUN? Since PyTalker is fully written in Python, it will work in any Operating System that supports Python and in any hardware that has the ability of running it. We have reports of full functionality in GNU/Linux and MAC OS X Operating Systems, and machines with processors with 400 Mhz or above. More info on Python support in http://www.python.org . DOCUMENTATION: - There is the documentation that comes with the latest version on PyTalker. You can also find some info in our webpage, at http://talkerspt.no-ip.org/~pytalker . It may not have many documentation for now, but we intend to extend the documentation present there as much as possible. - Reading the documentation is highly recomended. INSTALLING PyTalker: - If you install the full sources, put the PyTalker tarball in a directory where you have permissions (eg. your home directory) and unpack it: gzip -cd PyTalker-z.y.x.tgz | tar xvf - Replace "z", "y" and "x" with the version number of the latest PyTalker. SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS Running the latest PyTalker requires only an up-to-date version of Python. We know it works with Python 2.3 #1 and above, but we don't know if it works with lower versions of Python. To get the latest Python version visit http://www.python.org . BUILD A TALKER USING PyTalker: Go to PyTalker source directory and configure it (see section above). Run PyTalker using ./pytalker-background.py CONFIGURING PyTalker: Do not skip this step even if you are only upgrading one minor version. New configuration options are added in each release, and odd problems will turn up if the configuration files are not set up as expected. Edit the files in the 'config' directory and set each variable to suit your own talker. IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG: - If you have problems that seem to be due to PyTalker bugs, please check the file MAINTAINERS and mail them. - In all bug-reports, *please* tell what PyTalker version you are talking about, how to replicate the problem, and what your setup is (use your common sense). If the problem is new, tell so, and if the problem is old, please try to tell when you first noticed it. - If the bug results in a Python traceback on your screen or in your system log, please duplicate it *exactly*. The dump may look incomprehensible to you, but it does contain information that may help debugging the problem. The text above the dump is also important: it tells something about why PyTalker dumped code.