Subject: Re: Wanted: simple chat server
To: None <>
From: Rick Kelly <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/28/2000 15:05:52
Jay Maynard said:
>On Fri, Apr 28, 2000 at 04:49:44PM -0400, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
>> Martin Husemann <> writes:
>> > I'm in need of a (very basic) chat server, based on technologies available
>> > for NetBSD (client and server).
>> What's wrong with IRC?
>While I agree, in principle (the closest thing to a real live production
>system I run personally is an IRC server on NetBSD/pmax), have you ever
>*looked* at the IRC server code? It *defines* "tissue of hacks". If there's
>something better out there, or at least something different that fits his
>needs, I'd recommend staying away from IRC.

One possibility is PERLmud from It looks a lot like
tinymud, but is entirely written in perl. One could set it up as a
series of rooms for different kinds of chat. The code has been somewhat
hardened against hacking. 

I have it running on one of my servers.
Rick Kelly