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authorSteve Slaven <bpk@hoopajoo.net>2005-03-12 00:27:55 (GMT)
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+.\" -*-nroff-*-
+.TH POWWOW 6 "09 Mar 1994"
+.UC 4
+powwow \- telnet protocol client for MUD playing
+.B powwow
+.I host port
+.I definition-file
+.B powwow
+is a client program that implements the telnet protocol, adding some bells
+and whistles to the standard
+.B telnet(1)
+communication utility, mainly intended for playing multi-user games
+such as
+.I MUDs (Multi User Dungeons).
+.B powwow
+is either invoked with
+.I host
+.I port,
+and then does not save any definitions, or with a
+.I definition-file,
+which is supposed to contain various definitions as well as the name
+of the host and the port number. If the definition-file does not
+exist, the user is prompted for the host name and port number which
+are saved in the new file. The definition file can be edited with any
+text editor, and is updated whenever a definition (action, alias etc)
+is changed. If the environment variable POWWOWDIR is defined,
+.B powwow
+will look there first for definition files (and create new ones
+Lines that begin with `#' are assumed to be special commands to be
+processed locally. Help is available with the #help command. There is
+also a more detailed manual somewhere. Notably, semicolons separate
+commands on a single line. To send a literal semicolon, prefix it with
+a backslash.
+.B powwow
+also supports the MUME editing protocol for editing texts locally. The
+name of the editor is taken from the environment variable POWWOWEDITOR
+or EDITOR. "emacs" is used by default. For text viewing, POWWOWPAGER
+is searched, then PAGER and "more" is used by default.
+If the first character of the editor is `&' (which is then skipped),
+the editor is assumed to run in another window and powwow will run
+concurrently with the editor without waiting for it to finish.
+Massimiliano Ghilardi <max@Linuz.sns.it> and
+Gustav Hållberg <f92-gha@nada.kth.se>
+are the people that added many new features to an existing client,
+.I Cancan
+and transformed it into powwow.
+Mattias Engdegard (f91-men@nada.kth.se) was the original author of Cancan
+but many other people have contributed at least as much, including
+Finn Arne Gangstad (finnag@pvv.unit.no), David Gay (dgay@di.epfl.ch),
+Gary Dezern (gdezern@satelnet.org) and Lai-Chang Woo (vivriel@scs.com.sg).
+.I powwow
+was originally inspired by Peter Unold's
+.I Tintin
+client, but now only bears a very remote resemblance
+to the original. It aims to be a simple but very interactive client,
+and contains features that are interesting for "immortal players", in
+particular on MUME, though any mud player should benefit from
+.I powwow
+as well.
+.ta \w'$(POWWOWDIR)/*\ \ \ 'u
+powwow The binary.
+$(POWWOWDIR)/* Definition files (aliases, etc)
+.ta \w'POWWOWEDITOR\ \ \ 'u
+TERM Your terminal type.
+POWWOWDIR Where powwow will store and search for its
+ files by default.
+POWWOWEDITOR Name of editor to use
+EDITOR Alternative editor
+POWWOWPAGER Name of pager to use
+PAGER Alternative pager
+telnet(1), more(1), emacs(1)
+Most diagnostics are self-explanatory. Some are even more
+self-explanatory than others, namely those who crash the program.
+There is a diagnostic report called `core' which is not currently in
+human-readable form. The messages from
+.I powwow
+are generally prefixed with a `#' to separate them from output from
+the remote host.
+Are you kidding?