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This is the changes file for PennMUSH 1.8.2. 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)
[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 1.8.2 patchlevel 8 Jan 01, 2008
Minor changes:
* 'make versions' now provides some feedback.
* width() and height() do not return 0 when set to invalid input.
By Talvo.
* Array underflow bug found by running under Valgrind.
* Crash bug when too many objects are nested. Reported by Paige, fixed
by Javelin and Intervis.
Version 1.8.2 patchlevel 7 October 6, 2007
Minor changes:
* nwho() now takes an optional viewer argument like lwho(). By Sketch.
* Clarified the behavior of eval() and get_eval() in help. Suggested by
Talvo and Javelin.
* A failed db save no longer broadcasts a success message in addition to a
failure one. Reported by Cooee.
* The open database file wasn't getting closed on a failed save.
* Crash bug in sortkey(). Fix by Nathan Baum.
* Crash bug in pathological container cases reported by Paige@M*U*S*H
fixed by Javelin.
* 'help @desc' brings up @describe instead of @descformat.
Suggested by Nymeria.
* Removed mention of Win32 requiring a particular attribute
compression algorithm. Any will work, and always have.
Reported by Andrew Klein.
* Crash bug in @purge. Javelin.
Version 1.8.2 patchlevel 6 July 9, 2007
Development team changes:
* After many years of valuable work, Talek has retired from
Minor changes:
* Removed the gmalloc malloc option. [SW]
* KEEPALIVE flag makes the server send a telnet NOP after
a short period of inactivity; helps prevent timeouts from
NAT/router devices with a short timeout. [MUX]
* Fixed assorted small memory leaks. [SW]
* Fix to fraction() when dealing with numbers that can't
be fractioned. Discovered by Ashen-Shugar. [GM]
* Fixed handling of telnet NOPs sent by clients. [SW]
* The OpenSSL random number pool wasn't getting adequately
initialized on systems without /dev/urandom [SW]
* Infinite loop in math code. Reported by Ashen-Sugar. [GM]
* skips over emacs backup files.
Version 1.8.2 patchlevel 5 June 13, 2007
Minor changes:
* Assorted gcc warning fixes. [SW]
* Cleaned up some unsafe signal handler functions. [SW]
Help files:
* Mention examine lock in help lattr(). Talvo.
Version 1.8.2 patchlevel 4 May 16, 2007
Minor changes:
* speak() uses accented names. Sketch.
* config() no longer lists options that can't be set
with @config/set. Suggested by Trispis. [SW]
* 'page foo\=bar' pages the last person you paged. Fix by Nathan
* Receipt of a SIGUSR1 (Causing a shutdown/reboot) is explictly
logged. Suggested by Interloper. [SW]
* @wipe reports the number of attributes deleted. [183]
* You can no longer save objects slated to be destroyed
by using @set foo=!GOING (The help file for GOING now tells
the truth) Reported by Cooee. [SW]
* Useless variable in real_unparse() removed. Reported by
Taladan. [SW]
* 'make portmsg' works, and portmsg.c rewritten to current
Penn standards. [SW]
* case() would replace #$ in the default argument, contrary
to the help file. Reported by Talvo. [SW]
* Memory leak in grep(). [SW]
* Quotes can be around the player name on the login screen
always, instead of just when player_name_spaces was
on. Suggested by Dan Widdis. [SW]
* '{think foo} bar' exhibited odd behavior. [GM]
* 'make test' wouldn't work right unless '.' was in you path.
Fix by Nathan Baum.
* stdin and stdout weren't getting closed, potentially causing
problems when trying to log out of a shell after starting
a mush. Reported by K Moon. [SW]
* NetBSD compile and general warning fixes. [SW]
* Favor difftime(3) over subtraction of time_t variables. [SW]
* Clarification of attribute trees in HELP @WIPE. Suggested by
* Loading a db with empty attributes used as the roots of
attribute trees didn't work if empty_attrs is set to no.
Reported by Kevin. [SW]
* Bugs in wiping attribute trees with attributes the wiper
doesn't have permission to delete fixed. [SW]
Version 1.8.2 patchlevel 3 March 11, 2007
* Unterminated buffer in sortkey() fixed. Reported by Balerion.
Patch by Javelin.
* Memory leaks in setunion() and revwords() fixed by Javelin.
* Crash bug in speak() fixed. Reported by Trinsec. Patch by Javelin.
* Crash bug in buy fixed. Reported by Amy. Patch by Javelin.
* If we should fail to clear a semaphore attribute for some
reason (e.g., it's the branch of an attribute tree), reset
the semaphore count on the attribute to 0. Patch by Javelin.
* iter() dealt badly with freeing buffers when CPU_LIMIT or
function_invocation_limit was hit. Found by Ashen-Shugar. [GM]
* @ps/all displayed the wrong queue entry count for mortals.
Reported by Cheetah. [SW]
* @hook/override of say would get an extra leading " if that was
used instead of the literal say command. Reported by Tuxedo Ian.
* Fixed a bug where speech seemed to come from the wrong
object for nospoof information. Reported by Jules. [SW]
* The help entry for @poll failed to mention @poll/clear.
Reported by Cooee. [SW]
Version 1.8.2 patchlevel 2 January 27, 2007
* Vector functions with an empty vector didn't return anything.
Reported by Talvo. [SW]
* Several typos in server messages. Fixed by Sketch, Stoko.
* Help fixes by Malix, [GM], Talvo, Sketch, and others.
* Crash bug in lmath() fixed. [GM]
* Crash bug in list functions fixed. [GM]
* list2arr in C now removes markup. list2arr_ansi() was added. [GM]
* Compilation problems on IRIX and similar OSes. [SW]
* Matcher bug with multiple wildcards fixed. Reported by Ian. [SW]
* Garbled output of locks from examine. Reported by Intrevis. [SW].
* regraballi() couldn't use its output seperator argument. Reported
by Jules. [SW]
* Looking at an object used the looker, not the lookee, as the origin
of the name for @ahear/@aahear/@amhear. [SW]
* Fixed the distribution of random numbers with a huge range. Reported
by Luke.
Version 1.8.2 patchlevel 1 November 26, 2006
* Corrected inadvertent breakage of null comparisons. Patched by
* Added overview since 1.8.0 to help 1.8.2p0. [EEH]
Version 1.8.2 patchlevel 0 November 26, 2006
Major Changes (since 1.8.0):
* Players may have multiple aliases.
* 'home' is now a standard command.
* Errors in matching switches to commands are ignored when the command
is hook/ignored or hook/overriden.
* @attrib/access no longer treats one-word flag lists that don't match
a single flag as a set of flag characters.
* pcre updated to 6.4.
* NT_TCP code has been removed from the server.
* The FIXED flag's restriction on 'home' has been moved to restrict.cnf.
* New commands: @edit/check, @function/preserve, @hook/list, @prompt,
* New functions: alias, fullalias, attrib_set, sortkey, namegrab/all,
ns/prompt, textentries, cdesc, cusers, cmsgs, cbuffer, cstatus,
clflags, numversion, nl/nsearch, nchildren, decompose, mapsql,
wildgrep/i, ordinal, ulambda, speak, unique, nextdbref, namelist,
crecall, l/m/x/xmwhoid, stringsecs
* New attributes: invformat, mailforwardlist, mailfilter
* New substitutions: %+, % (percent-space), %i0-%i9, %u
* New locks: mailforward, take
* New behaviors: @flag/alias, @attribute/access, flip(), reverse(),
lsearch(), extract(), center(), setq(), setr(), page, align(),
regedit(), delete(), @search, @pemit/list, @poll, width(), height(),
locate(), @chan/recall, insert(), default(), @conformat, link().
* New flags: loud, track_money.
* New powers: pueblo_send, many_attribs.
* New attribute flags: aahear, amhear.
* New config directives: channel_flags.
* 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.
* 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.
* The LIGHT flag now overrides the DARK flag consistently.
Minor Changes (since 1.8.1):
* decompose() now properly handles all manner of spaces, as well as
replacing 5 or more spaces with [space(<count>)]. Report by Malix. [GM]
Fixes (since 1.8.1):
* Fix crash bug in decompose(). Report by Malix.
* The mush can listen to ports above 32000. Suggested by Nathan Baum.
* Fix the mix() bug that prepends the separator to the list. [GM]
* Win32 experienced erratic time behavior when compiled with MSVC++ 8
or higher. Reported by Intrevis@M*U*S*H.
* Win32 project and readme files for MSVC++ 6 and .Net updated. [EEH]
* Help fixes by Kevin@M*U*S*H.