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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:37 pm   

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Welcome to the CMUD forum

This forum is used to discuss Chiara's MUD Client, the new MUD client from the makers of zMUD.

Please only use this forum for the latest PUBLIC version of CMUD. If you have a bug report or suggestion for a BETA version of CMUD, please post it to the CMUD Beta Forum. If you have a question about Zuggsoft's other products or the website itself, use their separate forums. Posts in the wrong forum will be moved.

Below are some frequently asked questions. Please check that your question hasn't been answered before you start a new thread.

1) What is CMUD? How is CMUD different to zMUD?
2) What is CMUD Pro? How is CMUD Pro different to regular CMUD?
3) What new features are planned for CMUD?
4) When will the next public/beta version of CMUD be released?
5) How do I convert my zMUD scripts to CMUD?
6) I'm using Windows Vista and CMUD won't connect. What's wrong?
7) How do I report a bug in CMUD?
8) What does the GURU under some people's names mean?
9) Is there anything else I should know before posting?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:38 pm   
 
What is CMUD? How is CMUD different to zMUD?

CMUD is short for Chiara's MUD Client. It is a brand new MUD client being written by Zugg, the creator of zMUD (Zugg's MUD Client).

A comparison chart of features in CMUD, CMUD Pro, zMUD and TeSSH is available here.

A detailed explanation of the features in the first version of CMUD is available here.

Since then, there've been a great number of changes, additions and bugfixes. A fuller but less detailed list of features is available on CMUD's product information page.

Finally, the the CMUD manual contains a full list of features, with explanations and documentation. You can find that here.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:38 pm   
 
What is CMUD Pro? How is CMUD Pro different to regular CMUD?

The major additional features that CMUD Pro provides are SSH support and advanced scripting support for the mapper.

SSH is mostly used for people who're using an SSH shell as a proxy, or for people who're using CMUD as a server administration tool. The advanced mapper features aren't actually in CMUD Pro yet - the mapper will be rewritten to use a newer, better database format some time soonish (UPDATE Dec 08 - this rewrite is currently under way), which'll then necessitate a new version of the zMapper program, which also uses that format. This new version of zMapper will probably be called CMapper.

What happens when you have zMapper and zMUD (or, currently, CMUD) installed is that zMapper makes a lot more map manipulation options available through a COM object. When CMapper is released, CMUD Pro will be upgraded, and will allow you to use this advanced COM interface without buying the separate CMapper product and having to keep it installed.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:38 pm   
 
What new features are planned for CMUD?

There are many, many new things planned for CMUD - too many to list easily. A list of major planned features is available in the Knowledge Base here, but that list isn't always up-to-date. Perhaps a better place to try is Zugg's New Year's Letter, which contains plans for Zuggsoft's products, including CMUD. If you want to suggest a feature and you're not sure if someone else thought of it first, try searching the forums.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:38 pm   
 
When will the next public/beta version of CMUD be released?

Zugg doesn't give firm release dates any more - he used to, but any time they weren't reached he got flak. Programming isn't an exact science and you don't always know how long something's going to take before you do it, and the pressure to release something "on time" rather than "when it's ready for release" only leads to more buggy releases.

With that said, beta versions are generally released about once a month. If Zugg is really crunching (and no doubt going grey in the process) they might be as often as once a week, but that's rare. If the changes Zugg is making are very large, then it might be longer than a month.

Public versions are less frequent because they're only released once Zugg feels a beta is stable enough. This can take many iterations for betas that make fundamental changes to the way CMUD works. Unfortunately the only answer is "when it's done".
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:52 pm   
 
How do I convert my zMUD scripts to CMUD?

Many scripts will work with no changes at all. Other potential problems caused by differences between CMUD and zMUD will be shown by the Compatibility Report, which you can access on the File menu in the Package Editor. Note that the report only flags potential issues and isn't guaranteed to be completely accurate - there can be both false positives and false negatives. Test your scripts thoroughly.

There is an article in the Knowledge Base about converting your zMUD scripts into CMUD as well - you can find it here. If your question isn't answered there and the Compatibility Report isn't helping, start a new thread about your problem.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:14 pm   
 
I'm using Windows Vista and CMUD won't connect. What's wrong?

The problem is with something in Vista called DEP (Data Execution Prevention). It appears that DEP is being enabled by default on new Vista machines, and it might be getting turned on by a new Vista patch.

To see if DEP is enabled on your Vista system:

1) Press Win+R to open the Run dialog box.
2) Type "SystemPropertiesDataExecutionPrevention" (without the quotes) and press Enter.
3) Click Continue, if prompted by User Account Control.
4) Under Performance, click Settings.
5) In the Performance Options dialog box, click the Data Execution Prevention tab. If your processor supports this feature, a sentence to that effect appears in the lower part of the dialog box.

You can turn off DEP for user applications by selecting the option "Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only". Then click OK and close all of the dialog windows. Then you MUST REBOOT for this change to take effect.

After turning off DEP and rebooting, then try running CMUD to see if it works.

If CMUD works and you don't want to leave DEP turned off, you can go back into the DEP dialog and select the option: "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select" and then click the Add button and add the CMUD.EXE program to the list of exceptions (and make sure there the checkbox next to CMUD.EXE gets checked). You'll again need to click OK and again need to Reboot to save the changes.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:35 am   
 
How do I report a bug in CMUD?

If you think you've encountered a bug in CMUD or something isn't working the way you think it should, try searching the forums to see if the issue has been reported. It's possible that the problem is just a difference between CMUD and zMUD, or that it's already on the bug list.

If you're sure that your issue hasn't been reported before, then post a new thread. Be sure to mention which version of CMUD and which version of Windows you're using, including whether it's 32- or 64-bit. Try to describe your problem in as much detail as you can - give the exact steps you used to encounter your problem. Pressing Alt-L is different to choosing "Load" from a menu. Describe what it is you expect to happen and what's actually happening. Above all, try to be clear - read back what you've written and see if it makes sense. A sentence like "I created a button in a window and now it doesn't display" isn't helpful because it's not clear whether or not you mean the button or the window.

The first thing someone's going to do upon seeing your bug report is to try to make it fail for them. For that they need to be able to do what you did, so don't be offended if people are asking for more information about how the problem happened. Intermittent or complex bugs can be very hard to track down.


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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 2:03 am   
 
What does the GURU under some people's names mean?

Zuggsoft Gurus are otherwise regular forum users that've volunteered to help out on the forums. In addition to moderating the forums, they can also edit the CMUD help files - they're usually the ones who fix typos in them and things like that.

Gurus have generally been around for a long time, so they're a good source of information. Gurus don't get paid (except in gratitude), and they don't work in any official capacity for Zuggsoft; they just hang around on the forums and help people out because they like to.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:04 am   
 
Is there anything else I should know before posting?

You should search the forums first (here) to see if your question's already been answered or if your feature has already been requested. You may also find information about your problem in the CMUD manual. If neither of these is helpful, feel free to start a new thread.

In your new thread, make sure you mention which OS and which version of CMUD you're using. These are vitally important because XP and Vista are radically different, and your problem may be related to the specific CMUD version you're using (and might even already be fixed in a later version).
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:35 pm   
 
Bookkeeping: list of old sticky threads that this one replaces:

http://forums.zuggsoft.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27888
http://forums.zuggsoft.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=22657
http://forums.zuggsoft.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=25919
http://forums.zuggsoft.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=23700
http://forums.zuggsoft.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=23609
http://forums.zuggsoft.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=30505

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