Re: [newbie] encountered problem with abbrev.txt

From: Edward J Glamkowski (
Date: 06/13/02

Just personal preference, but I would urge you to use the old
isname function by Jvrgen Zigge Sigvardsson (in the utils/OLD
directory).  It seems far far too dangerous to be able to type
any part of a name.  I can't imagine it wouldn't get terribly
confused about what you mean if the last few letters of your name
matched the first few letters of your opponents name matched the
middle letters of some other mobile name in the same room.

Your name is "roberTO", your fighting a "TOy doll" and there is a
"barTOk" in the room.  You say "look to".  How can it possibly know
what you really mean?  There are three valid choices!  Right now it
just takes the first one in the list, which means it is effectively
random.  This is a Bad Thing (tm).

Granted,  Jvrgen's code could have the same problem if your name
was "TOm" and you were fighting a "TOy doll" and there was a "TOltec
warrior" in the room, but that is much less likely to happen then the
first example, and when it does it is less surprising.  i.e. Jvrgen's
code yields more intuitive results.

Not that Rob's code couldn't be useful elsewhere, but it seems
far too dangerous for general purpose name searching IMO.  To be
certain with Rob's code, you still have to type a large enough
portion of the name to insure uniqueness against anything else in
the room so you haven't really saved yourself a whole lot of effort.

I was actually surprised that Jvrgen's code was moved to the OLD
directory - they should both be maintained as current, with Rob's
being given a different name to reflect its more generalized searching

>int isname(const char *str, const char *namelist)
>  const char *newlist;
>  const char *curtok;
>  newlist = strdup(namelist); /* make a copy since strtok 'modifies' strings
>  for(curtok = strtok(newlist, WHITESPACE); curtok; curtok = strtok(NULL,
>     if(curtok && is_apart(str, curtok))
>/* was if(curtok && is_abbrev(str, curtok)) in Jvrgen's code */
>        free(newlist);
>        return 1;
>  free(newlist);
>  return 0;

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