Warning: This is part of an ongoing project. We anticipate changes which will reflect the questions and needs of users.
There are two major areas in the running of the MOO. They are the server
and the database. The server can exist without the database, but the database
cannot exist without the server. We can consider the database, without the
server, as an archive, unchanging. The server is the program,
running on your computer, which accepts and handles user connections,
parses comands and
changes the database when asked to do so. The database is the storage, where the
changes made by the server are stored. The database is also the
user interface to the server itself.
A core is a database, specially
made with the most general objects and functionalities the programmers of
the core felt were needed in starting a new MOO.
To set up your MOO, you need the server and a core database.
The standard LambdaMOO set-up which is used by the famous
(and first MOO)LambdaMOO
can be found at Xerox's ftp
site (ftp://parcftp.xerox.com/pub/MOO) as
the files LambdaMOO-latest.tar.Z,which is the server,
and LambdaCore-latest.db.Z, which
is a basic MOO core database extracted from what they use at LambdaMOO
There are also other different servers and databases you can
download if you want different set-ups from the one at LambdaMOO.
Some servers that will run on Win32s and Macs,
and there are a few core databases out which offer different functionalitites
than the LambdaCore. Some of them are based on the one from LambdaMOO; some
have been built from scratch.
Now you need to extract and compile the server code for the MOO and start it
with the core database. Then you are ready to go.
If it were only this simple.
You might encounter problems during compilation due to your
or other considerations you need to make.
The MOO-cows FAQ
is a good place to look for solutions to some of these problems.
The MOO-cows list archive
is another place to look. Most problems have prolly been posted to this list
at some point.
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