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\input texinfo                         @c -*-texinfo-*-
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@c $Id: Protocol-A.texi,v 1.81 1999/06/27 10:16:26 ceder Exp $
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@c %**start of header
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@settitle LysKOM Protocol A
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This is specification 10.0 of LysKOM Protocol A.  It specifies version
10 of the protocol.
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Copyright @copyright{} 1995-1999 Lysator ACS.
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Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this
specification provided the copyright notice and this permission notice
are preserved on all copies.
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@dircategory LysKOM
@direntry
* Protocol A: (protocol-a).             The LysKOM Protocol A specification.
@end direntry

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@titlepage
@sp 10
@title{LysKOM Protocol A}
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@subtitle{Protocol version 10}
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@sp 2
@author by the LysKOM Developers

@page
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Copyright @copyright{} 1995-1999 Lysator ACS
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Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this document
provided the copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved on all
copies.

Modified versions of this document may be redistributed with the added
condition that all modifications not cleared with the LysKOM development group
are clearly marked and that the entire modified work be redistributed under the
same conditions as the original.

Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations of this manual into
another language under the same conditions as for modified versions.

@end titlepage

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@node Top
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@top LysKOM Protocol A
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This document specifies version 10 of LysKOM Protocol A.
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This is revision 10.0 of the specification.
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@menu
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* Overview::                    
* Introduction::                
* Data Types::                  
* Protocol Requests::           
* Asynchronous Messages::       
* Error Codes::                 
* LysKOM Content Types::        
* The User Area::               
* Writing Clients::             
* Importing and Exporting E-Mail::  
* Type Index::                  
* Request Index::               
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@end menu
@end ifinfo

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@node Overview
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@chapter Overview

LysKOM is a conferencing system@footnote{Or in modern terms, enabling
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technology for Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).}. Similar
systems were QZ-KOM and PortaCOM@footnote{Also known as ``PottaKOM'' and
``BortaKOM.''}. The LysKOM system is copyrighted by Lysator Academic
Computing Society and distributed under conditions of the GNU Public
License. LysKOM and its documentation is provided ``as is'' without
warranty of any kind.
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This document specifies version 10.0 of protocol A used between a LysKOM
client and a LysKOM server. Anything described here as ``unspecified''
is liable to change in future protocol versions.
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This specification is the work of several people. The main contributors have
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been
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Per Cederqvist @email{ceder@@lysator.liu.se}, 
David Byers @email{byers@@lysator.liu.se},
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@ifinfo
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P@"ar
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Emanuelsson @email{pell@@lysator.liu.se},
Thomas Bellman @email{bellman@@lysator.liu.se}, 
Lars Aronsson @email{aronsson@@lysator.liu.se},
Linus Tolke @email{linus@@lysator.liu.se} and
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@ifinfo
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Kent Eng@-str@"om@penalty-10000
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@email{kent@@lysator.liu.se}.
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The LysKOM developers can be reached by email to
@email{lyskom@@lysator.liu.se}.
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* Document Revision History::   
* Protocol Version History::    
* Notation::                    
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@node Document Revision History
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@section Document Revision History

@table @asis
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@item 10.0: 1999-06-27
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The specification was translated to English and converted to Texinfo by
David Byers.  Protocol version 10.  Distributed with lyskomd 2.0.0.

@item 9.0: 1996-08-04
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Protocol version 9.  Distributed with lyskomd 1.9.0.
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@item 8.0: 1995-11-10
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Protocol version 8.  Distributed with lyskomd 1.8.0.
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@item 7.1: 1995-01-08.
Protocol and document revision history were added by Per Cederqvist. Outline
mode was used to make the document more manageable. This version was
distributed with lyskomd 1.7.1.

@item 7.0: 1994-12-31.
The first specification with a version number. All calls that had been added
since 1991-06-25 were documented. Pell and Per Cederqvist did the deed. This
version was distributed with lyskomd 1.7.0.

@item 1993-05-19.
Linus Tolke wrote comments for some calls that were without comments.

@item 1992-07-06.
Linus Tolke converted the document to ISO 8859-1.

@item 1991-08-12.
Per Cederqvist started using version control for documentation.

@item 1991-06-25.
Lars Aronsson documented the protocol that was in use at the time.
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@node Protocol Version History
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@section Protocol Version History

@subsection Protocol version 10 (first implemented in lyskomd 2.0.0)
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@table @asis
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@item Error codes

The error codes are now documented.  Several error codes were changed to
more sane values while documenting the new behaviour.

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@item New Server Calls
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These new calls have status Recommended.

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@itemize @bullet
@item 85=get-collate-table
@item 86=create-text
@item 87=create-anonymous-text
@item 88=create-conf
@item 89=create-person
@item 90=get-text-stat
@item 91=get-conf-stat
@item 92=modify-text-info
@item 93=modify-conf-info
@item 94=get-info
@item 95=modify-system-info
@item 96=query-predefined-aux-items
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@item 99=get-membership
@item 100=add-member
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@item 103=local-to-global
@item 104=map-created-texts
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@end itemize

These new calls have status Experimental.

@itemize @bullet
@item 97=set-expire
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@item Name changes

@multitable {59=create-anonymous-text} {59=create-anonymous-text-old}
@item Old name                 @tab New name
@item 5=create-person          @tab 5=create-person-old
@item 9=query-read-texts       @tab 9=query-read-texts-old
@item 10=create-conf           @tab 10=create-conf-old
@item 13=get-conf-stat-old     @tab 13=get-conf-stat-older
@item 14=add-member            @tab 14=add-member-old
@item 26=get-text-stat         @tab 26=get-text-stat-old
@item 28=create-text           @tab 28=create-text-old
@item 36=get-info              @tab 36=get-info-old
@item 46=get-membership        @tab 46=get-membership-old
@item 48=get-members           @tab 48=get-members-old
@item 50=get-conf-stat         @tab 50=get-conf-stat-old
@item 59=create-anonymous-text @tab 59=create-anonymous-text-old
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@item Status change

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@item 58=get-last-text
@item 77=set-last-read
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@end itemize

The following calls are have changed status from Recommended or
Experimental to Obsolete.

@itemize @bullet
@item 5=create-person-old
@item 9=query-read-texts-old
@item 10=create-conf-old
@item 14=add-member-old
@item 26=get-text-stat-old
@item 28=create-text-old
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@item Renamed Asynchronous Messages
A @samp{async-} prefix has been added to the name of all asynchronous
messages.  In addition, 0=new-text has been renamed to
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@item 14=async-deleted-text
@item 15=async-new-text
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@item 17=async-sub-recipient
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@item Notes
@itemize @bullet
@item Since protocol version 9 setting a priority of zero in a
conference was supposed to indicate passive membership in a conference. 
It was largely up to the client to implement this. True passive
memberships have been introduced in this protocol version through the
Membership-type extension to Membership type. In order to maintain
compatibility with clients that interpret priority 0 as passive
membership, the old calls @pxref{add-member-old} and
@pxref{get-membership-old} perform magic, translating between priorities 
and membership types. The magic is documented with each call.
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@subsection Protocol version 9 (first implemented in lyskomd 1.9.0)
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@item New functionality
@itemize @bullet
@item The server shall now reply with error @code{not-implemented} when
a client attempts to use an unimplemented call.  This feature requires
that the client uses newline as call terminator.
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@item Added Commands
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@item 79=set-info: Can change server information.
@item 80=accept-async: Can select asynchronous messages to receive.
@item 81=query-async: Can query which messages are being send.
@item 82=user-active
@item 83=who-is-on-dynamic
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@item Changed names
@itemize @bullet
@item @code{change-conference} was previously called @code{pepsi}.  The
name was changed, but not the functionality.
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@item Status change
@itemize @bullet
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@item 63=@code{who-is-on-ident} is now considered obsolete.
@item 64=@code{get-session-info-ident} is now considered obsolete.
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@subsection Protocol version 8 (first implemented in lyskomd 1.8.0)
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@table @asis 
@item Added Functionality
@itemize @bullet
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@end itemize

@item New Commands
@itemize @bullet
@item
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@item
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@end itemize
@end table

@subsection Protocol version 7 (first implemented in lyskomd 1.7.0)

@table @asis
@item Added Functionality
@itemize @bullet
@item
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@end itemize

@item New Commands
@itemize @bullet
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@end itemize

@item Other
@itemize @bullet
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@end itemize
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@subsection Protocol Version 6 (first implemented in lyskomd 1.4.0)

@table @asis
@item New Calls
@itemize @bullet
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@end itemize
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@subsection Protocol Version 5 (first implemented in lyskomd 1.3.0)

@table @asis
@item New Calls
@itemize @bullet
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@subsection Protocol Version 4 (first implemented in lyskomd 1.1.1)

@table @asis
@item New Calls
@itemize @bullet
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@subsection Protocol Version 3 (first implemented in lyskomd 1.1.0)

@table @asis
@item New Calls
@itemize @bullet
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@end itemize
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@subsection Protocol Version 2 (first implemented in lyskomd 0.30.0)

@table @asis
@item New Calls
@itemize @bullet
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@subsection Protocol Version 1 (first implemented in lyskomd 0.29.2)

@table @asis
@item New Calls
All calls from 0--56.
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@node Notation
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@section Notation

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This specification uses a BNF-like grammar to describe the protocol and
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its data elements.
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Data fields have been given names that start with a lower-case letter.
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Fundamental data types have names in all-caps (such as @code{INT32} and
@code{ARRAY}).

Derived data types have names that start with an upper-case letter. (If
the type contains more than one word, all words start with an upper-case
letter, like this: @code{Text-Stat}.)  The operator @code{::=} defines
the name to its left.

Comments start with @code{!} (exclamation mark) and alternatives are
separated by a @code{|} (vertical bar.) A @code{;} (semicolon)
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terminates statements in the grammar. In some specifications there are
literal strings. There is to be no whitespace before or after literal
strings unless there is whitespace in the literal itself.
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@node Introduction
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@chapter Introduction

This chapter introduces the concepts used in LysKOM, such as articles,
conferences and sessions. 

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* Articles::                    
* Conferences::                 
* The Misc-Info List::          
* The Aux-Item List::           
* Security::                    
* Membership and Reading::      
* Client-Server Dialog::        
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@node Articles
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@section Articles

An article is represented as a value of the type @code{Text-Stat} and a
string containing the article contents. An article will usually have one
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or more recipients and may be a comment or footnote to other articles.
Each article is kept in the database until it is older than the
@code{nice} value of each of its recipients and it is not marked by any
user.
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Currently there is a structure called a @code{Misc-Info-List} associated
with the @code{Text-Stat}. This list contains information about
recipients, senders, comments and footnotes. In the future the
information contained in the @code{Misc-Info-List} will be integrated
into the @code{Text-Stat}.
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Every article has at least one number, the global article number. Global
numbers are assigned in ascending order to new articles, and are never
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for each recipient. Local numbers are used in some data structures to
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a particular recipient. Local numbers are assigned in ascending order
and are never reused for a particular recipient, though different
recipients will have articles with the same local numbers.
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@node Conferences
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@section Conferences

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Conferences hold articles. They are represented in the protocol as a
data type called @code{Conference}. Each conference has a
@emph{creator}, the person who created the conference, and a
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If the supervisor is a person, the members of that person's mailbox
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are supervisors, which in most cases is only that person. We have also
introduced a type called @code{UConference} (pronounced micro-conf-stat)
which holds a subset of the information contained in the full
@code{Conference} type. Use the @code{UConference} type whenever
possible since it places a much smaller load on the LysKOM server.
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Each conference has a type, which is essentially a collection of boolean
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flags. Currently the flags @code{rd-prot}, @code{letterbox},
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@table @code
@item rd-prot
The conference is protected from reading by non-members. Persons become
members by having one of the existing members or supervisors add him or
her to the conference. This restriction is enforced by the server.
@item original
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Conferences of this type are intended for original articles only.
Comments are to be redirected to the super-conference instead. This
restriction is currently not enforced by the server; clients must
implement this functionality.
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@item letterbox
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are sent to the mailbox and the name of the mailbox is synchronized
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with the person name. It is currently not possible to explicitly set or
clear this flag on a conference.
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@item secret
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information of the existence of the conference to persons who are not
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members or supervisors of the conference. If a mailbox is made secret,
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that person cannot log in using the person name, but must specify a
person number instead.
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Conferences of this type accept anonymous articles. Other conferences
will reject anonymous articles.
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@node Persons and Sessions
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@subsection Persons and Sessions

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@code{Person}. Associated with persons are statistics, a set of personal
flags and a set of privileges (@pxref{Security}.) Persons are also
associated with a conference that has the same number as the person and
the @code{letterbox} bit set.
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Connections to the server are represented as values of the type
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@code{Static-Session-Info}, @code{Session-Info-Ident} or
@code{Session-Info}. Sessions have session number that are unique for
each session in the lifetime of the server execution. A single user can
have several sessions running at once. The session is not released until
the network connection is closed; a user can log in and out repeatedly
in a single session.
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@section The Misc-Info List

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The @code{Misc-Info} list contains tagged data. The fields are sent in
groups pertaining to a particular type of information: information about
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recipient; carbon copy recipient; blank carbon copy recipient;
comment to; footnote to; comment in
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and footnote in. The information groups may be sent in any order and
there may be any number of groups. Within each group the elements are
always sent in the order listed below.
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@table @code
@item recpt
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Starts a recipient group. It contains the conference number of a
recipient of the article.
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@item loc-no
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Always present within a recipient group. It contains the local text
number of the article in the conference specified by the preceding
@code{recpt} field.
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@item rec-time
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If the recipient is a person, this element is added by the server when
the recipient marks the article as read. It contains the time when the
text was read.
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@item sent-by
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Present when the recipient was added by a person other than the author
(after the article was created.) It contains the person number of the
person who added the recipient.
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@item sent-at
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Present when the recipient was added after the article was created. It
contains the time when the recipient was added.
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The carbon-copy recipient group is identical to the recipient group
above. The difference is how new comments to an article with a recipient
or carbon-copy recipient are treated. A comment to an article is sent to
all recipients, but not to carbon-copy recipients of the original
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article. This difference is enforced by the clients.
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@table @code
@item cc-recpt
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Starts a carbon-copy recipient group. It contains the conference number
of a carbon-copy recipient of the article.
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@item loc-no
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Always present in a CC recipient group. It contains the local text
number of the article in the conference specified by the most recent
@code{cc-recpt} field.
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Present after the CC recipient has read the article. It contains the
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time when the article was read. Since only persons can read articles
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@item sent-by
Present when a CC recipient was added by a person other than the author
after the article had been created. It contains the person number of the
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@item sent-at
Present when a CC recipient was added after the article had been
created. It is the time when the CC recipient was added.
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@subsection Blank Carbon Copy (BCC) Recipient

The blank carbon-copy recipient group is identical to the carbon-copy
recipient group above. The difference is the visibility of the
information. A carbon-copy recipient group is visible to anyone that is
allowed to fetch both the text status of the involed text and the
conference status of the involved conference.  (That is, as long as the
conference isn't secret everybody is allowed to se the carbon-copy
recipient group.)

A BCC recipient group is only visible to members and supervisors of the
recipient.  This is enforced by the server.

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will be converted to a CC recipient group by the server for the benefit
of clients that don't understand this group.

@table @code
@item bcc-recpt
Starts a blank carbon-copy recipient group. It contains the conference
number of a blank carbon-copy recipient of the article.
@item loc-no
Always present in a BCC recipient group. It contains the local text
number of the article in the conference specified by the most recent
@code{bcc-recpt} field.
@item rec-time
Present after the BCC recipient has read the article. It contains the
time when the article was read. Since only persons can read articles
this will only be seen if the BCC recipient is a person.
@item sent-by
Present when a BCC recipient was added by a person other than the author
after the article had been created. It contains the person number of the
person who added the BCC recipient.
@item sent-at
Present when a BCC recipient was added after the article had been
created. It is the time when the BCC recipient was added.
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@table @code
@item comm-to
Always present when the article is a comment to another article.
@item sent-by
Present when the article was added as a comment by a person other than
the author, after the article had been created. It contains the person
number of the person who added the article as a comment.
@item sent-at
Present when the article was added as a comment after the article had
been created. It contains the time when is was added as a comment.
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@table @code
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Always present when the article is a footnote to another article.
@item sent-at
Present when the article was added as a footnote after the article had
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@table @code
@item comm-in
Present when there are comments to this article. It contains the article
number which is a comment to this article.
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@item footn-in
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Present when there are footnotes to this article. It contains the
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@node The Aux-Item List
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@section The Aux-Item List
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The aux-item list is used as a generic extension mechanism in the LysKOM
server and in protocol A. 

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* About Aux-Items::             
* Predefined Aux-Item Types::   
* Client-Specific Aux-Item Types::  
* Experimental Aux-Item Types::  
* Defining New Aux-Item Types::  
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Aux-items were introduced in protocol version 10 as a mechanism for
extending the conference, text and server information structures without
changing the protocol. Persons were excluded since nobody could figure
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out a case where setting an aux-item on the mailbox wasn't as good as
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setting it on the person (another reason was that I was fed up writing
aux-item code by the time they were working on texts and conferences.)

The exact structure of an aux item is specified elsewhere (@pxref{LysKOM
Data Types}). The important fields here are the aux-no, tag and data
fields.

The aux-no field is used to identify an item. The aux-no together with a
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the aux-no for an item is never changed. New items are guaranteed to
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and by clients to figure out how to interpret the data field, and by the
server to decide if the item needs special treatment.

The data field is a simple string. The meaning of the string is
determined by the tag field, but since it is a string, clients that have
no understanding of the contents can successfully parse the item anyway
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Predefined Aux-Item types are part of Protocol A, and clients should
support all of them. As with other parts of the protocol, changes to
these definitions will be made backwards-compatible, if possible.
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Creation and deletion of items with a predefined type can cause
arbitrarily complex and wonderous behavior in the server. Furthermore,
the server may place constraints on the items with regard to content,
flags, who can create them, to what objects they can be attached to and
so forth. The server may also silently enforce specific values for any
field of an item, regardless of what the client requests.
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range, but the server has no idea what that tag means, the server will
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return an error (illegal-aux-item.)
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@table @samp
@item content-type [1] (text)
Specifies the content type of a text. Data is a valid MIME type of one
of the special LysKOM types (@pxref{LysKOM Content Types}.)

This item may only be set by the author of a text. The inherit, secret
and hide-owner bits are cleared. Only one content-type item can be
created per creator.


@item fast-reply [2] (text)
Data is a string that constitutes a brief comment to the text. This
comment should be displayed immediately after the text body. 

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An item of this type will never be inherited, can always be deleted, is
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@item cross-reference [3] (text, conference)
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Data is a cross-reference to something else. The contents consist of a
letter, a number, a space and a descriptive text. The letter must be one
of T, C or P. T specifies that the cross-reference points to a text; C
that it points to a conference; and P that it points to a person. The
number is the id of the target of the cross reference. The descriptive
text is simly that, a text that describes the cross-reference. For
example, "T15 Check this out!" is a cross reference to text 15 with a
description that reads "Check this out!".
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@item no-comments [4] (text)
When this item is set, the author requests that nobody comments the
text. This is advisory only; it is still possible to write comments, but
clients should advise the user that this is contrary to the author's
wishes. Data should be empty.

This item may only be set by the author. The secret, hide-creator and
inherit bits are automatically cleared.


@item personal-comment [5] (text)
When this item is set, the author requests only personal comments. This
is advisory only; it is still possible to create regular comments, but
clients should advise the user that the author prefers a personal
comment. Data should be empty.

This item may only be set by the author. The secret, hide-creator and
inherit bits are automatically cleared.


@item request-confirmation [6] (text)
The author requests that everyone who reads the text confirms having
done so by creating read-confirmation items on the text. Clients should
ask users if they wish to confirm having read the text when it is
displayed. Data should be empty.

The hide-creator, secret and inherit bits are automatically cleared.


@item read-confirm [7] (text)
This item can be taken as confirmation that the item creator has read
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the text to which the item is attached. Clients should never ever create
this item without an explicit confirmation from the user that the text
has indeed been read.
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Once created an item of this type cannot be deleted.
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@item redirect [8] (conference)
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This item indicates that texts should not be sent to the conference,
but be directed to some other target instead. Clients should notify
users that attempt to send texts to the conference of the redirect and
offer to send the text to the target of the redirect instead. A typical
use of this item would be a user that does not read LysKOM very often
and would like to advise other users to send e-mail instead.

Data is PROTOCOL:ADDRESS where PROTOCOL is either "E-mail" or "LysKOM",
and ADDRESS is either an e-mail address or a LysKOM conference. 
Hopefully we'll be able to replace this with a forwarding mechanism
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a mailbox, the person attached to the mailbox. The hide-creator and
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secret bits are cleared automatically. Only one redirect can be
specified.

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@item x-face [9] (conference)

Data is the face of the person in compface format. Cool, innit?

This item can only be set by the conference supervisor or in the case of
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a conference or the subject of a text. Note that the server does not
match against this name when performing name lookups. Clients should
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@item pgp-signature [11] (text)

Data is a PGP signature of the text. The signature should be the
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The secret, hide-creator and inherit bits are automatically cleared.
Signatures cannot be deleted once they have been created.


@item pgp-public-key [12] (letterbox)

Data is the public key of the person. It is desirable that the public
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key contains a userid of the format "LysKOM <p@var{n}@@@var{server}>+",
where @var{n} is the number of the person in the LysKOM server specified
in @var{server}. This rule is currently not enforced.
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This item can only be set by the person himself. The hide-creator,
secret and inherit bits are automatically cleared.

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Data is an RFC 822-style email address. When set on a mailbox, it
should be the email address of the person. If the person has multiple
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email addresses he may set serveral e-mail-address aux-items.

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mailbox is vague. For a conference that is used as to import a mailing
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This aux-item can only be set by the supervisor of a conference or the
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@item faq-text [14] (conference, server)

Data is a decimal text number, which is a FAQ for the conference (or
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a faq-for-conf item.
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@item creating-software [15] (text)

Data is the name and version number of the client that created the
text.  This aux-item can only be set by the author of the text.  Once
set, it cannot be removed or changed.  A typical value would be
@samp{elisp-client 0.47.3}.  Setting the creating-software aux-item is
optional.

The data should be the client name, a space, and the client version used
in the @code{set-client-version} call.  The server may enforce this
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Data is a string containing the name of the author of an imported
e-mail. Clients should display this instead of the actual author of the
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Data is the e-mail address extracted from the @code{From} header of an
imported e-mail. This field can be used by clients to construct an
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imported messages, these items contain the @code{To} header of the
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is the day, hh is the hour, mm is the minute and ss is the second. This
date and time are given in the timezone where the message was sent. TZ
is the timezone the date is valid for. It must be of the form "+hhmm" or 
"-hhmm", where hh is the number of hours offset from UTC and mm is the
number of minutes offset. Symbolic timezones are not permitted. The
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@code{<LysKOM%@var{text-no}@@@var{server}}, where @var{text-no} is the text
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@item mx-in-reply-to [23] (text)

Data is a string containing one item from the @code{In-Reply-To} header
of an imported e-mail. If the @code{In-Reply-To} header contains several 
items, there will be several @code{mx-in-reply-to} items.


@item mx-misc [24] (text)

Data is a string that contains all of the headers, including
@code{Subject}, and including whose that are redundantly stored in other
aux-items. It is set by the importer. The fields are concatenated with
"\n". In other words, this item contains all headers of an imported
e-mail as they appear in the message.

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@item notify-comments [27] (letterbox)

Data is a decimal text number that the user is interested in. Clients
should monitor this text for unread comments and present these to the
user in some convenient manner. This is typically used by users that
want to read comments to some text of theirs as soon as they arrive,
rather than in the normal reading order.

This item can only be set by the owner of the letterbox. No flags are
forced or cleared.
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@item faq-for-conf [28] (text)

Data is a decimal number specifying the conference a certain text is a
FAQ for. The special number zero denotes that the text is a FAQ for the
entire system. Items of this kind can only be created by the LysKOM
server itself. Texts with this item are protected from garbage
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Client-specific items do not cause the server to perform any magic. All
the flags (except the delete flag) are left untouched, the data is not
validated in any way, and anyone can create any item. If you need more
server support than this, your item should be on the predefined list.

All tags in the range 10000-19999 are reserved for clients. Blocks of
100 numbers at a time can be assigned to specific clients. A client
should never create items with tags in a range assigned to another
client or in an unassigned range. Assigned ranges will never change.

Currently, the following ranges are assigned to clients:
@itemize @bullet
@item 10000-10099: The Elisp Client
@end itemize

If you want a range of numbers, send e-mail to the LysKOM development
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@subsection Experimental Aux-Item Types
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Experimental numbers are free for all. Use 'em any way you want. All
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and send this to the LysKOM development group. We'll assign a number to
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If you're not sure what you want the data to look like yet, make a note
in your documentation that the data format might change. Once you have a
data format you're happy with, update the documentation so others may
use your item.

If you need serious magic in the server (more than can be specified with
the lyskomd configuration file), you'll probably have to write the code
yourself, or hope that the development group thinks your idea is so cool
we do the job for you.

The idea is not to reject any type of item, unless there's already an
item type that does the job just as well. Adding item types should be a
much less painful process than adding new calls.





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@section Security
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Security in LysKOM is based on two components. Each person has a set of
privileges and each session has a security level. Rights in the system
require both the sufficient privileges and a sufficient security
level. The privileges currently available are wheel, admin, statistic,
create-conf, create-pers and change-name. Security levels range from 0
to 255.


@table @code
@item wheel
@emph{Normally not assigned}
@table @asis
@item Level 0
Person may always log in, even when LysKOM is crowded.
@item Level 6
Person may set Priv-Bits for all persons.
@item Level 7
Person may set password for all persons.
@item Level 8
Person acts as supervisor for everything.
@item Level 10
Person can read all articles.
@end table

@item admin
@emph{Normally not assigned}
@table @asis
@item Level 1
Shut down the server@*
Set motd_of_kom@*
Read last_login
@item Level 2
Read status of secret conferences and persons@*
Read the protected parts of person and conference statuses@*
Read the entire text status, even when there are secret recipients
@item Level 3
Change everybody's names
@item Level 4
Add/remove members@*
Add/remove recipients to articles
@item Level 5
Set super-conference@*
Remove articles
@item Level 6
Set administrator
@end table

@item statistic
@emph{Normally not assigned}
@table @asis
@item Level 2
Read the statistics portions of persons, even if protected
@end table

@item create_conf
@emph{Normally assigned}
@table @asis
@item Level 0
Create conferences
@end table

@item create_pers
@emph{Normally assigned}
@table @asis
@item Level 0
Create persons
@end table

@end table


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@node Membership and Reading
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arrays of @code{Membership}-typed values. This structure contains
information about how and when the membership was created and which
texts have been read in the conference.

There are two kinds of memberships. An active membership indicates that
the person is actively participating in the conference, wants to know if 
there are unread texts and wants to receive messages send to the
conference. A passive membership is similar to no membership at all. The 
person is still a member but will not receive messages sent to the
conference and will not be notified when there are new texts. From the
user's perspective, passive membership should be like no membership at
all, but the server still remembers what the user has read in the
conference while he or she was an active member. Since protocol version
10 a bit in the membership type field of the membership structure
indicates the type of membership. Previously the server did not support
passive memberships, but there was a convention that clients should
treat the priority level zero as a passive membership.

The membership record indicates which texts have been read through the
@code{last-text-read} and @code{read-texts} fields. All texts with local 
numbers up to @code{last-text-read} have been read. In addition, all
texts with local numbers contained in the @code{read-texts} array have
been read.
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Finding out which articles a person has read in a particular conference
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requires a few calls. Normally, a client will retrieve a batch of
perhaps 50 articles at a time. The outline of the process is as follows:
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@enumerate
@item Fetch the membership to get the @code{last-text-read}
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@item Use @pxref{local-to-global} to translate a number of local numbers 
to global numbers. 
@item Remove the global numbers corresponding to local numbers contained 
in @code{read-texts} from the result
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@item Get and translate more texts as needed.
@end enumerate

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@pxref{local-to-global} call, it is possible to use the less
efficient but perfectly serviceable @pxref{get-map} call instead.
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@node Client-Server Dialog
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@section Client-Server Dialog

The client-server dialog consists of two phases, establishing the connection
and the LysKOM session itself.

@subsection Connecting to the Server

A connection to the server is initiated by connecting to the appropriate
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network port@footnote{The default port for a LysKOM server is 4894} and
sending a single letter which is used to select a protocol version
followed by connection information required by that protocol. In
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When the server has accepted the connection its reply is
protocol-dependent. Protocol A servers will reply with the string
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@code{LysKOM} on a single line if the connection attampt is successful.
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        Trying 130.236.254.151 ...
        Connected to varg.lysator.liu.se.
        Escape character is '^]'.
        A5Hbyers
        LysKOM
@end example

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Besides the string "LysKOM", the server may respond with "%%Unsupported
protocol" or "%% No connections left.". 

The "%%Unsupported protocol" reply is sent if the server does not
understand the requested protocol.

The "%% No connections left" reply is sent if the server is not
accepting additional connections. This error is transient. The next
connection attempt may succeed. Clients should wait a few seconds before 
attempting to make another connection after receiving this error.

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After connecting, calls to the server can be made. Most calls require
the user to log in, but some calls can be made without a log-in. Calls
to the server are made by sending a reference number followed by the
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character (ASCII 0x0A).
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@example
        server-call ::=
                ( ref-no        :       INT32;
                  request       :       Protocol-Request;
                )
@end example

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At some future point the server will reply with the result of the
request or an error code preceded by an indicator and the reference
number.
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@example
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        ok-reply ::=
                ( "="
                  ref-no        :       INT32;
                  reply-data;
                )

        error-reply ::=
                ( "%"
                  ref-no        :       INT32;
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@code{ref-no} in the corresponding request. @code{reply-data} depends on
which request was made and is specified together with each request.

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Note that there is no whitespace after the initial indicator in the
reply.
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Data elements sent from the client to the server are separated by one or
more space characters (ASCII 32). An entire call is terminated by a
linefeed character (ASCII 10). 

Earlier versions of the protocol specified that data elements could be
separated by any number of linefeed (ASCII 10), return (ASCII 13), tab
(ASCII 9) or space (ASCII 32) characters. Servers should be forgiving
and understand requests using the older conventions, but clients must
conform to the current convention of separating data elements with
spaces and terminating all requests with a linefeed character.

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If the request is syntactically incorrect, the server will respond with
the string "%% LysKOM protocol error." The server will attempt to
recover from the error, but in some cases complete recovery may not be
possible, which may result in one or more subsequent requests being
lost.

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@node Data Types
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The data types in protocol A come in two flavors. The first (vanilla)
are the simple data types from which the LysKOM (chocolate) data types
are built. Simple data types include things like integers and strings
while complex data types include things such as conferences and people.
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@menu
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* Simple Data Types::           
* LysKOM Data Types::           
* Name Expansion::              
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@node Simple Data Types
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@tindex INT16
@tindex INT8
@tindex BOOL
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integers which must fit in 32, 16, 8 and 1 bits, respectively. They are
transmitted to the server in ASCII-encoded decimal notation.
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@tindex HOLLERITH
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@dfn{HOLLERITH} denotes character strings of arbitrary length. They are
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nulls.

Long live FORTRAN!
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@subsection Bit Strings