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This is the changes file for PennMUSH 1.8.1. Please look it over; each
version contains new things which might significantly affect the
function of your server. Changes are reported in reverse
chronological order (most recent first)
[TAP] is T. Alexander Popiel, a PennMUSH developer (aka Talek)
[SW] is Shawn Wagner, a PennMUSH developer (aka Raevnos)
[EEH] is Ervin Hearn III, a PennMUSH developer (aka Noltar)
[GM] is Greg Millam, a PennMUSH developer (aka Walker)
[3] refers to code by (or inspired by) TinyMUSH 3.0
[MUX] refers to code by (or inspired by) TinyMUX 2.x
[Rhost] refers to code by (or inspired by) RhostMUSH
Version 1.8.1 patchlevel 10 September 13, 2006
* Cleaned up some compiler warnings. [SW]
* The AAHEAR and AMHEAR attribute flags work on listening parents.
Report by PAD@M*U*S*H. [GM]
* Flags without a letter would truncate the list of set flag letters.
Reported by Intrevis@M*U*S*H and Nathan Baum. Patched by latter.
* Win32 lacks the LC_MESSAGES setlocale() category. Reported by Intrevis.
* Trying to ignore signals could crash on Win32. Reported by Intrevis.
* Fixed parse errors in non-C99 compilers. Reported by Intrevis.
* Help fixes by Talvo, Sketch
* Fixes for 64-bit platforms [SW]
* @dump/paranoid produced corrupt databases.
Reported by Marvin@M*U*S*H. [SW]
* Better support for dealing with databases with a different number of
attributes on an object than expected. Marvin and Luke. [SW]
* Fixed the example in cmdlocal.c. Reported by Tokeli [SW]
* link() now takes an optional third argument to make it act like
@link/preserve. Suggested by qatoq@ST:Foundations.
Minor Changes:
* The hash table code now calls a cleanup function on data when deleting
an entry. [SW]
* The above is used in db.c, function.c and plyrlist.c [SW]
* @config compile reports if MySQL support is present. (This does not
mean the game is configured to use it.) [SW]
* restart copies log files from the last time the mush was running to
game/save/ instead of deleting them. [SW]
Version 1.8.1 patchlevel 9 July 9, 2006
* Fixes from 1.8.0p13.
Version 1.8.1 patchlevel 8 June 3, 2006
* New 'AAHEAR' and 'AMHEAR' attribute flags, when set on an
^listen attribute, cause it to behave like @aahear or
@amhear respectively, instead of like @ahear. Suggested by
Jules@M*U*S*H. Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* New UNIMPLEMENTED_COMMAND command handles commands that
are known but not implemented (currently just @SQL). By default,
produces a standard message, but can now be @hooked, etc.
Suggested by Talvo@M*U*S*H. [TAP].
* @conformat and @invformat are now passed a |-delimited list
of object names, unparsed in the default fashion, as %1. Patch
by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* default() can now take any number of obj/attr cases. Suggested
by Nathan Baum, patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* lwhoid(), mwhoid(), xwhoid(), xmwhoid() work like lwho(), etc.
but return objids instead of dbrefs. Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* stringsecs() converts timestrings to seconds. Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
Minor changes:
* %u is now set to the evaluated typed $command (when a $command
is matched) and is available to locks. Suggested
by Jules@M*U*S*H, patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* Rooms reachable from FLOATING rooms are now considered topologically
connected, just like rooms reachable from the base room.
Patch by Nathan Baum.
* %i0-%i9 evaluates to itext(0)-itext(9) for convenience in iter().
Suggested by Nathan Baum. Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* When safer_ufun is on, you must control an object to @function
an attribute on it. This prevents, e.g., mortals with @function power
from making attributes on wizard objects into @functions.
Suggested by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* Internal eval_lock_with function added to support passing special
%0/%1 values to lock evaluations. Suggested by Malix@8bit.
* Improved @uptime display by Ambrosia@M*U*S*H.
* Players may @search a ZMP if they pass the zone lock. Patch by
* cbuffer() crash fixed. Report by qa'toq@ST:Foundations. [GM]
* regex crash bug fixed. [GM]
* insert() added an extra delimiter when inserting at end of list.
Report by Sangman. [SW]
* make distclean is more thorough. Patch by Ranmir@M*U*S*H.
* EQSPLIT commands with no equal sign that were hooked were passed to the
hook attribute with an equal sign (and nothing to the right).
Fixed. Suggested by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* zwho/zmwho can now be used by see_all players on any zone.
Suggested by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* crecall() now accepts 1 or 2 arguments, as promised. Report by
* attrib_set(obj/attr,) sets the attribute to a single space
when EMPTY_ATTRS is off. Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* Portability fix in fun_speak. [EEH]
* Fix to TZ parsing in src/funtime.c by Jules@M*U*S*H.
* Fix to speak() for fragments of speech by Talvo@M*U*S*H based on
report by Trelane@M*U*S*H.
* Typo fixes in game/aliascnf.dst by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* Help fixes by Talvo@M*U*S*H, Sketch@M*U*S*H.
Version 1.8.1 patchlevel 7 March 21, 2006
Major changes: ** PLEASE READ **
* The FIXED flag's restriction on 'home' is no longer applied in
the hardcode but through restrict.cnf. A new entry has been
added to restrictcnf.dst for this -- people running existing
MUSHes that use the FIXED flag will want to copy this to their
* @lock/take controls who may 'get' something from a container
or location; note that @lock/enter no longer controls this on
containers but only controls who may 'enter'. The container's
TAKE_LOCK`*FAILURE attributes provide messages on a failed get.
Suggested by BladedThoth@M*U*S*H. Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* @chan/recall can take an extra argument to specify the line to
start the recall from. Suggested by Sholevi@M*U*S*H. Patch by
* ulambda() is a version of u() that can take #lambdas. [GM]
* speak() for language processing. Suggested by Nymeria@M*U*S*H.
Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H. [3]
* width() and height() take an optional second argument to set the
default values. Patch by Nathan Baum.
* unique() function removes contiguous duplicates in lists. [SW]
* nextdbref() returns the next dbref on the free list.
Suggested by Jules@M*U*S*H. Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* Specifying more than one type to locate() now makes each of them
preferred (not just the last one). Suggested by Anyasha@ST:Foundations.
* namelist() parses a list of dbrefs and possibly-quoted names a la page
and returns the corresponding dbrefs. Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* crecall() is a functional form of @chan/recall. Suggestd by
Cheetah and Trinsec@M*U*S*H. Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* The LIGHT flag now overrides the DARK flag consistently. DARK
objects will show up in LIGHT rooms and anything set both
LIGHT and DARK is effectively LIGHT. Suggested by Renee@ShoreSide.
Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
Minor changes:
* @poll by itself now displays the current poll instead of clearing it.
@poll/clear does that. [SW]
* Added aliases for @atrlock/@atrchown/atrlock to 'attr' versions
in aliascnf.dst. Suggested by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* Players who already have a forbidden name (as their name or alias)
may change to that name. Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* New alias_flag() and alias_power() hardcode functions for hackers.
Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* Mortals can use @power/list and @power <power> commands.
Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* Restriction-checking by power fixed in cases where no flag
restrictions were applied. Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* New type GARBAGE for @search/lsearch type class.
* @pemit/list now accepts player names as well as dbrefs, a la page.
Patch by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* pcre.c includes config.h again. [EEH].
* Help fixes by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* Fixes from 1.8.0p12
Version 1.8.1 patchlevel 6 February 25, 2006
Major Changes:
* pcre updated to 6.4. This includes such nifty features and
named captures. [SW]
* NT_TCP code has been removed from the server. It was deemed
less useful than keeping the networking code unitary and
the ability to @shutdown/reboot. Patch by Nathan Baum.
* New LOUD flag (admin-settable) causes an object to bypass
speech (including chat) and interaction locks. Admin and others
with Pemit_All no longer pass interaction locks automatically
unless they are also LOUD. Patch by Cheetah@M*U*S*H.
* New DBREFLIST^<attrib> lock key checks to see if the enactor
appears in a list of dbrefs/objids stored on an attribute of
the object, simplifying a very common need. Suggested by
NightDaemon@M*U*S*H, patch by Cheetah@M*U*S*H.
* Many_Attribs power allows an object to have more attributes
than the max_attrs_per_obj parameter. Suggested by Nymeria@M*U*S*H.
* decompose() now decomposes ansi codes into ansi() calls.
Patch by Sketch@M*U*S*H.
* mapsql() efficiently feeds sql query results to an attribute. [GM]
* wildgrep()/wildgrepi() are versions of grep()/grepi() that now take
wildcard patterns instead of substrings. [SW]
* regmatch()/regedit() now has a more flexible syntax for assigning
subpatterns to %q-registers. [SW]
* decompose() no longer inserts an initial backslash all the time.
Suggested by Trinsec@M*U*S*H.
* ordinal() returns the spelled-out ordinal form of an integer.
Suggested by Malone@HavenMUSH.
Minor Changes:
* Font size tags (for pueblo) are not quite so huge for room names.
* The /noeval switch for @command is now called /noparse.
Patch by Nathan Baum.
* hints/ has been removed, as no hints were needed to
build on cygwin when tested with 1.5.19-4. win32/README.cygwin
has been added to document the cygwin build process.
* Added hints/ and README.OSX. [SW]
* Track_Money objects with No_Pay still reported coins lost to
queue costs, even though they didn't pay them. Report by
Cheetah@M*U*S*H. [GM]
* Help fixes by Trinsec@M*U*S*H, Cheetah@M*U*S*H.
* Various %c weirdnesses fixed by Cheetah@M*U*S*H.
* Better message in restart when mush.cnf not found by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* @alias provides more specific error messages for invalid aliases
of various sorts. Suggested by Intrevis@M*U*S*H.
* Function restriction localize now appears in @function info output.
Better error messages when attempting to use invalid function
restrictions. Reported by Trinsec@M*U*S*H.
* Linting of warnings. [SW]
* Command and function names may now really start with punctuation
characters. Reported by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* Fixes from 1.8.0p11.
Version 1.8.1 patchlevel 5 January 29, 2006
Major Changes:
* @attrib/access no longer treats one-word flag lists that don't
match a single flag as a set of flag characters. You must now always
specify a space-separated list of full flag names.
* @list/locks and list(locks) lists all defined locktypes.
Suggested by Jules@M*U*S*H, patch by Walker@M*U*S*H.
* New @search classes 'start' (nth element of return list to start
with) and 'count' (how many elements to show, from <start>).
Useful for getting results a page at a time. Patch by Walker@M*U*S*H.
* nsearch()/nlsearch()/nchildren() return the number of objects that
would be returned by the equivalent search/lsearch/children call.
Patch by Walker@M*U*S*H.
Minor Changes:
* delete() can use a negative length argument to delete characters
leftward, a la MUX. [MUX, SW].
* In @mail commands, <n>: is now recognized as meaning 'all messages
in folder n'. Notably, @mail 3: now lists all messages in folder 3,
rather than reading all messages in folder 3. Patch by Sketch@M*U*S*H.
* When one alias in a list of aliases being set is invalid, we
now report it with specificity. Suggested by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* You no longer need to escape commas in decompose(). Suggested by
* @sitelock rules for Guest access can now be specified per-guest
character. Suggested by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* process_expression now parses for regex pattern captures by default,
so lots of things will work better under regedit(). Use of a ufun
clears the captured registers so dollar signs in ufuns don't
need escaping. Patch by Walker@M*U*S*H.
* Refactoring of ufun code by Walker@M*U*S*H.
* Help fixes by Trinsec@M*U*S*H and Talvo@M*U*S*H and qa'toq@M*U*S*H.
* Crash bug in page fixed. Reported by the fine folks at ST:Foundation.
Patch by Walker@M*U*S*H.
* Win32 portability fixes. [EEH]
* Fixes from 1.8.0p10.
Version 1.8.1 patchlevel 4 December 6, 2005
Major Changes:
* Errors in matching switches to commands are ignored when the
command is hook/ignored or hook/overriden, so you can override
a built-in command and provide your own switches. Suggested by
* @mailfilter attribute causes incoming mail to be be automatically
filed to a folder if it evaluates to a folder name/number.
Patch by Sketch@M*U*S*H.
* @prompt/@nsprompt work like @pemit/list, but add a telnet GOAHEAD
at the end of the message when emitting to players; players whose
clients handle GOAHEAD (e.g. tf) will get the message displayed
as a prompt in the input window. Suggested by Trinsec@M*U*S*H.
* The PROMPT_NEWLINES socket command can be used to add a newline
after the GOAHEAD in a prompt, for clients that mix up prompt
lines with other output.
* namegrab() and namegraball(). Patch by Walker@M*U*S*H.
* prompt() and nsprompt() (the function equivalents of @prompt/@nsprompt).
* textentries(). Suggested by Trinsec@M*U*S*H.
* cdesc(), cusers(), cmsgs(), cbuffer(), cstatus(), clflags()
functions. Suggested by d'Ark@M*U*S*H.
* numversion() returns Penn version as an integer (1008001004)
for softcode use.
Minor changes:
* @chan/list works better for people who increase CHAN_NAME_LEN.
Suggested by Trinsec@M*U*S*H.
* Help fixes by Trinsec@M*U*S*H, Chili@M*U*S*H.
* Several powers (tport_anything, tport_anywhere, no_money, no_quota,
debit, sql_ok) are now aliased to TinyMUSH/TinyMUX equivalents
as well, for better code portability. [3,MUX]
* center() behaves better when given a fourth argument but
not a third one. Also fixes to cases where the right fill
string is one longer than the left. Report by Ian@M*U*S*H
* Fixes from 1.8.0p9.
Version 1.8.1 patchlevel 3 September 15, 2005
* Bugfixes from 1.8.0p8 applied.
Version 1.8.1 patchlevel 2 September 5, 2005
* @edit/check shows the results of an @edit without actually doing
it, to avoid inadvertent overediting. Patch by Walker@M*U*S*H.
* sortkey() sorts a list by mapping each list element through a
function and applying a standard sort type. Patch by Walker@M*U*S*H.
Minor changes:
* "% " (percent-space) is now parsed to a literal percent-space,
making it easier to type things like "I'm 50% happy". And
% at end of line is parsed to a literal %. Patch by Sketch@M*U*S*H.
* @nameformat now receives the default-formatted name as %1
so you can edit from that if you prefer. Suggested by Talvo@M*U*S*H.
* Added netbsd hints. Suggested by Tyr@M*U*S*H.
* hastype() can take a list of types to check for, not just one. [SW]
* Add @function/preserve, which does the same thing as the localize
restriction. [MUX] [SW]
* Leaving out the <filler> argument to align() defaults it to a
space. Suggested by Tyr@M*U*S*H, patch by Walker@M*U*S*H.
* Improved error message for setq() with odd arguments.
Report by Malix@8bit.
* When variable exits fail due to invalid/not permitted destination,
the enactor is told what the attempted destination was.
Suggested by Nathan Baum.
* Rooms may now @search/search() their owners. Suggested by Kali@M*U*S*H.
* @function/restrict mentioned in help. [SW]
* Clearer help on parallel setq. Suggested by Trinsec@M*U*S*H. [TAP]
* lsearch() didn't refund pennies when it failed because of lack of
permissions or invalid search criteria. Reported by Nathan Baum. [SW]
* lsearch() could return garbage objects. Report by Nathan Baum. [SW]
* %+ now only records argument count from last ufun, not from other
(builtin) functions. Report by Cheetah@M*U*S*H.
* Some linting of float comparisons. Report by Cheetah@M*U*S*H.
* page <player>= now pages the player with a blank line instead of
repaging the last paged player with "<player>". Report by Cheetah@M*U*S*H.
Version 1.8.1 patchlevel 1 June 27, 2005
* Players could set the 'internal' attribute flag, which causes
confusion. Report by Cooee@PDX.
* Setting attribute flags by character alias did not work
Version 1.8.1 patchlevel 0 June 25, 2005
Major Changes:
* Players may have multiple aliases, by specifying a semicolon-separated
list to @alias. Players may list their usual @name as one of their
aliases, and the @name command may be used to switch to any alias.
The maximum number of aliases per non-Wizard player may be limited by the
max_aliases config directive. Suggested by Nymeria@M*U*S*H. [3]
* 'home' is now a standard command, with no special precedence.
It can be @command/disabled and/or @hook'd. Suggested by
several people. If 'home' is disabled, 'goto home' will no longer
work (but @tel to home is still allowed).
* A player with the TRACK_MONEY flag set gets a message any time
their objects spend or lose money. Patch by Walker@M*U*S*H.
* New Pueblo_Send power allows use of xch_cmd and send tags.
* The @MAILFORWARDLIST attribute can be set to a list of dbrefs or
objids to which any @mail received should be forwarded. Your own
dbref may be listed if you wish to retain a copy
of the message as well. You must pass the @lock/mailforward of
any player listed in your @MAILFORWARDLIST. Suggested by T'orA@M*U*S*H.
* setq()/setr() can set multiple registers in parallel. Suggested by
Nathan Baum. [SW]
* center() can now take multi-character fills, and can have different
left and right fills. Suggested by Boris@M*U*S*H.
* attrib_set() is a version of set() for setting attributes that
has a more comfortable syntax and that can clear attributes
without wiping whole attribute trees like wipe(). Suggested by
Kevin@M*U*S*H. [TAP]
* extract()'s second and third arguments are now optional, and default
to 1. Suggested by Philip Mak.
* lsearch() can now take more than one class/restriction pair, and
will require them all to be met. New "mindb" and "maxdb" classes
specify low and high dbrefs, and replace the old <low>,<high>
parameters, which are now deprecated. Suggested by qa'toq@bDv.
* alias() and fullalias() functions. [EEH]
* New function restriction "localize" causes q-registers to be
saved and restored around the function as if localize() or
ulocal() were used; handy for @functions. Patch by grapenut.
* flip() and reverse() no longer require escaping of commas.
Suggested by Yar Kramer.
* Channels, by default, now ignore interaction rules defined in
local.c, so they can be used as "OOC" communication between
players who wouldn't be able to interact "IC"ly. A new per-channel
permission, "interact", changes this behavior back to enforcing
interaction rules on the channel. @lock/interact always applies,
however. Suggested by Shamash.
* New channel_flags config directive sets default permissions
for newly-created channels.
Minor changes:
* The %+ substitution returns the number of arguments passed to
a function and is useful in ufuns and @functions.
Suggested by Nathan Baum.
* The rules for valid command and functions names (e.g. for @command/add)
have been relaxed to allow @foo, +blah, and others with punctuation.
Suggested by Mike Griffiths.
* @hook/list <command> lists hooks on a command. Suggested by Nathan Baum.
* @INVFORMAT works like @CONFORMAT for the inventory command.
* Help for mail and chat functions moves to pennmail.hlp and
pennchat.hlp, respectively. Suggested by Kevin@M*U*S*H.
* Settings and resetting multiple attribute flags at once is now
supported more flexibly. Suggested by Sholevi@M*U*S*H.
* The restart script handles mush.cnf files with Windows-style
line endings more gracefully. Reported by CBeilby@M*U*S*H.
* @attribute/access now understands the privilege 'none' to mean
'no associated attribute flags'. Report by Tyson Cochrane.
* @flag/alias flag=!alias removes a flag alias. Suggested by
* @search now refers to things as things instead of objects.
Suggested by Zebranky@M*U*S*H.
* Suggested restrictions to disable hardcoded chat and mail
are in restrictcnf.dst for those who want to do that.
Patch by Kevin@M*U*S*H.
* TZ attribute is now visual by default, since time() gets it anyway.
Suggested by Mike Griffiths.
* Fixes include from versions up to 1.8.0p6.