This document describes IMP, the intermud message protocol,
also known as Intermud-1.
Imp messages are exchanged between muds using UDP
(unreliable datagram protocol) packets. Each mud provides
a connection endpoint which is given by the ip host address
and the UDP port number. Muds may then send messages to
this port by using the efun send_imp(). The applied function
receive_imp will be called by the driver in the master
object if a imp message arrives at the mud's UDP port.
Imp message packets have the following format:
<password> is the connection password to verify incoming
imp packets. It is encoded using crypt(E) and compared to
the stored password. Each mud participating in the imp
network has a secret password which is encoded by the
admin and distributed to remote muds with which the mud
should have direct connection. Encryted passwords may also
propagated to other muds over already secure channels.
<objectname> is a logical name which is not to be confused
with mudlib object filenames. It is used by receive_msg in
the master object to route the message to another object by
associating the logical object name with a real mudlib file
name. A good idea would be to reserve a special directory
for imp objects, e.g. /secure/net/<objectname>.
<functionname> is the function which is called by the master
object in the object described by <objectname>.
<argument> are additional arguments which are handed to the
function <functionname>. The exact definition of functions
and arguments are left to the imp applications.
The above is only particularly correct nowadays. Recently a
package name "inetd" was published, that is based on the IMP
mechanism in the driver (send_imp() and receive_imp()), but
it uses a different message format. That package seems to
enjoy much publicity and is installed in a number of muds. For
details look into the inetd description.
An other method of inter mud connection is the Mudlink
package, which uses a normal user connection that is connected
to a special user object, and an auxiliary process that does
the connection to other muds.
send_imp(E), receive_imp(M), intermud(C)