Re: Strange mail system problem, help!

From: Akuma/Chris Baggett/DOOMer (doomer18@EARTHLINK.NET)
Date: 04/27/98

At 02:25 PM 4/27/98 -0700, you wrote:
>-----Original Message-----
>From: blah <merren@MINDCRYME.COM>
>To: <>
>Date: Monday, April 27, 1998 12:48 PM
>Subject:  Strange mail system problem, help!
>>I don't get this:
>>AFK 5000/5000h [none] > mail melen
>>The postmaster tells you, 'No one by that name is registered here!'
 [ snip ]
>>MALE PC 'Melen'  IDNum: [    1], In room [ 1205]
>>ID nums are fine for all players when I stat them. I'm sorry I don't have
>>any more info to give, but it just doesn't make any sense at all!
>>  if ((recipient = get_id_by_name(buf)) < 0) {
 [ snip ]
>>Any ideas?
>You're not alone... This happened on my MUD as well...  This has only
>happened once, and a reboot fixed it.  I assumed it was "one of those
>things" and didn't give it much thought.  Looks like there's more to this
>than I thought.  Wonder how many others have seen this?

well, this has happened a few times more than normal to me.
2 solutions (both of which should be applied to make sure it works.

1) if you happen to be using Ascii pfiles, check the plr_index file
to see if any of the names happen to be stored with capital
letters anywhere.

fix all those first.

2) check the  get_id_by_name() function and see if it's using strcmp()
   or str_cmp().   The simple fix is to use str_cmp() so that
   just in case the names are being read in and not being
   changed to lowercase (player_table[].name 's) then this will solve

that's my  $((1 << 1)/100) worth.

ObCircle: (just for the heck of it)
  If that was all that needed to be fixed, why doesn't stock CircleMUD
use str_cmp() in the get_id_by_name() functions and such?
and in functions like one_argument(), any_one_arg(), et al.
Why convert the word to lower case letters first?
  I never understood the reasons fully, so I ended up going through
EVERY function (search_block, fill_word, etc) to change it
to not convert every word to LOWER case letters.
and to also use str_cmp() in comparisons (so that the functions wouldn't

Just a suggestion for future releases of stock CircleMUD

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