You need to have the Fionread module installed where your perl can find it. To do this, download the Fionread module, and then run these commands:

    % gzip -dc Fionread.tar.gz | tar xf -
    % cd Fionread
    % perl Makefile.PL
    % make
    % make install

Please let me know if you have problems with this step.

Once you've installed the Fionread module, you'll also want to grab the talker code. Change to the directory where you want to unpack it, and run this command:

    % gzip -dc pserv-0.12.tar.gz | tar xf -

You'll need to edit the files serv and Conf.pm in pserv/src. After that, just run

    % cd pserv/src
    % ./serv &

and you should be ready.

Please let me know if you have any problems.


The README:

Description
-----------

THIS IS ALPHA QUALITY SOFTWARE!  ITS INTERNALS AND INTERFACES ARE LIKELY
TO CHANGE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.  USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!  THE AUTHOR IS NOT
RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE INCURRED FROM YOUR USE OR INABILITY
TO USE THIS SOFTWARE!

This is the Perl 5 Pserv distribution.  It requires perl version 5.004
or later.

This distribution provides creating and manipulating a text-based
virtual reality, also known as a talker or social MUD.  The system
provides a rich command set for both users and administrators.  The
ultimate goal is ease of total configurability without as well as within
the system.

Prerequisites
-------------

To use Pserv, you need the following

    Data::Dumper
    Net::Telnet
    Fionread

All of these with the exception of Fionread can be found on the CPAN
(Comprehensive Perl Archive Network -- http://www.perl.com/CPAN/).
Fionread may be obtained from

    http://www.cs.uah.edu/~gbacon/perl/pserv/Fionread.tar.gz

I would be amazed if Pserv worked properly on a non-Unix platform, but
if you're interested in such madness, let me know. :-)

Bugs, Problems, Suggestions
---------------------------

Please send me any suggestions, bug reports, complaints, etc.

Acknowledgements
----------------

Pserv's command interface is based on the interface originally seen in
NUTS (Neil's Unix Talk Server), written by Neil Robertson.  Find the
NUTS home page at

    http://www.ogham.demon.co.uk/nuts.html

Kudos also go to Rob Wilson for some helpful bugfixes, suggestions,
and renewing my interest in Pserv.

Copyright
---------

Copyright © 1997-1998 Greg Bacon. All rights reserved.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the Artistic License, which comes with Perl.