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ykiu

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RWHO protocol
« on: March 11, 2018, 7:29 AM »
Is RWHO documented anywhere?  Where can I find the .c file that queries muds?

nullscan

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Re: RWHO protocol
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2018, 1:41 AM »
I'm unclear on whether you mean the Referral WHOIS Protocol (RWHOIS) or some command that actually exists in some specific MU* platform, but RWHOIS is documented in IETF RFC 1714 and updated by RFC 2167.

https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1714

https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2167

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN, North America's RIR subordinate to IANA) has further information on their own particular policies regarding IP Address owners who operate RWHOIS to comply with ARIN requirements, as well as a github repo containing a full-fledged RWHOIS server (but not a client, which is what I suspect you want).

https://www.arin.net/resources/request/reassignments_rwhois.html

https://github.com/arineng/rwhoisd/tree/master/rwhoisd

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Re: RWHO protocol
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2018, 2:34 AM »

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Re: RWHO protocol
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2018, 12:34 PM »
I mean this... http://www.mudconnect.com/mudfaq/mudfaq-p3.html

OK so...

You'll see in that link, as you read the whole thing, that the last known MUD running an RWHO server shut down in/before December 1999.  Or maybe the document there implies that there was actually a central RWHO server and that when you install this addon to your MU it would have communicated with that, and the last central RWHO server was shut down before the year 2000.

You probably wouldn't find a .c file in any given MU source package because this never was a feature of any particular MUD or MUSH platform - it's a separate daemon (a background service) that apparently integrated with or connected to MU servers back in the day.  The document does state that UnterMUD has the RWHO client built in so you might try that.

http://www.mudmagic.com/codes/download/tiny/untermud/

Troubleshooting the dead source link was a bit more challenging, but long story short is that the FTP Server at dec.com no longer exists.  Attempts to visit dec.com in a browser (via HTTP) result in a forward to https://www.paulkocher.com/index.html

I have no clue if this Paul Kocher guy is or was a MUDer or if he is or was involved in mudconnect.com at any time.  If you read through his bio, the dates of his professional accomplishments may suggest that he would have been a college student working on networking and cryptography projects (and therefore a likely candidate for MUDing) in the 1990s.  My best advice is to look at his contact page and send him an email asking if he owns dec.com (because it forwards to paulkocher.com he probably does) and if/whether he was a MUDer and if he has the source code that used to live at ftp://decuac.dec.com/pub/mud - if he turns out to not be the owner of dec.com then he should be able to tell you who does own it (again, because it's configured by someone deliberately to forward to his domain) and you can try contacting them about it.

Or some oldbie might spot this thread and point you at a more modern repo like github where the source is/was archived.
« Last Edit: March 15, 2018, 12:50 PM by nullscan »