Re: Autoloot

From: Ron Poulton (
Date: 07/26/95

> > > Setting default values is easily accomplished.  Initialize them just 
> > > before the pfile is loaded.  Then old pfiles are converted to new pfiles 
> > > the next time the user connects.
> > 
> > It's a method that's very easy to have a program automatically upgrade if 
> > anything is added to the structure.  This is exactly what I was talking 
> > about.  And I think the 'waste' is overcome if the file's not necessarily 
> > a text file, but a binary file.
> > 
> > If an entire player file were read in as a block and then parsed, the MUD 
> > wouldn't have to spend a lot of time chopping up a text file into 
> > separate pieces.
> Yep.  I've been playing with merc 2.2 and circle 3bpl8.  Whichever one I 
> eventually stick with, I plan on using a system like that.  For right 
> now, though, the merc text files are a real convenience during 
> development.  I s'pose I could throw a god-command in circle to text-save 
> a player in merc format when I want to look at a pfile.  Guess I'll put 
> that on my big list of small projects ;)

A system could be installed such that both formats are supported and a 
conversion process exists that could convert text to binary and back.  
Quite the project altogether.

I've been meaning to look into saving world, object, mobile and zone 
files, on a similar topic.  I've decided to build my own tertiary editor, 
in hopes of building something that's efficient for me.  I'd like to have 
a number of editors installed for flexibility.  The "rset" command is 
installed now; it recognizes "name", "desc" and "state" (state is inside, 
mountain, etc etc).  Eventually it'll be writing to memory, and later I 
want it writing to the world files.

Then objects are next. <grin>.  It's going to be a long pull altogether, 
but it will be advantageous in the long run.

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