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John Gilmore

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Location: Park City Utah

PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:11 pm   

Cmud disconnects me from the MUD
Cmud keeps disconnecting me from the MUD I play. If I am idle for more then a minute, I input a command it drops my link. It does not do it all the time, but several times over the course of a couple of hours. I am using latest version of Cmud, windows 7 Home Prem. I use some custom scripts, but even when they are not loaded it drops link. It is not a single session, but all my sessions that act this way. I have been working with #ALARM for training, but even when I delete the setting I drop link. I would like to figure this out because, I play a PK Mud, and its going to get me killed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:38 pm   
If the connection only gets dropped when you type a command, then it sounds more like your ISP or some router is dropping your session due to a timeout. Windows doesn't know that a router has dropped a socket connection until you try to send data over the socket and it fails.

Telnet/MUD sessions require PERSISTENT network socket connections. This is very different from web browsing where each element of a page is a separate socket connection. So some ISPs cause sessions to timeout to prevent telnet, large file transfers, etc. I've seen this done at some schools and some companies.

So the first thing to check is with your ISP or your local network admin to find out what the policies for your network usage are. If you have a home-based network, sometimes there are timeout settings in the router for this. Unfortunately it's not something you will necessarily have control over with your ISP. Any router between your computer and the MUD server can drop your socket connection and cause this.

All I can say is that CMUD itself will never disconnect your session. All CMUD does is respond to any disconnect messages that come from the Windows network system.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:48 pm   
Our MUD uses a "keepalive" config, which is just a simple ping to your connection. Check with your admins to see if they can do something similar.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:12 pm   
I'm having exactly the same problem as the original poster - but have a little more detail on my problem to offer.

I was using zMud with Vista - yes, I know but I didn't choose it - and it was working fine until a few months ago I started getting exactly the error reported here. It's not consistent - sometimes I can be playing in one window and the other will lock, sometimes it takes minutes to lock up, sometimes ten or fifteen - but it occured every single time.

So I bought cMud, thinking that it might well sort it out - and hell, I've been meaning to get it a while anyway... No change whatsoever - but we've not changed ISP's or installed new equipment, so I'm tentatively assuming it's some annoying damn' Windows setting that's changed in an update without telling anyone.
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