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\input texinfo                         @c -*-texinfo-*-
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@c $Id: Protocol-A.texi,v 1.111 2001/04/18 21:08:32 ceder Exp $
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@c %**start of header
@setfilename protocol-a.info
@settitle LysKOM Protocol A
@setchapternewpage odd
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@c @afourpaper
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@c %**end of header
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@set PROTOEDITION 10.4
@set PROTOVER 10
@set VERSION 1.0.4
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@c @req{login} is used for protocol requests.
@macro req {n}
@code{\n\}
@end macro

@c @aux{mx-allow-filter} is used for aux-item names.
@macro aux {n}
@code{\n\}
@end macro

@c @async{async-login} is used for async names.
@macro async {n}
@code{\n\}
@end macro

@c @type{Conference} is used for LysKOM types.
@macro type {n}
@code{\n\}
@end macro

@c @priv{wheel} is used for privilege bits.
@macro priv {n}
@code{\n\}
@end macro

@c @conftype{rd-prot} is used for conference type bits.
@macro conftype {n}
@code{\n\}
@end macro

@c @misc{bcc-recpt} is used for misc-info names.
@macro misc {n}
@code{\n\}
@end macro

@c @rarg{passwd} is used to reference arguments of requests.  This is
@c *only* used in the nodes that defines the requests.
@macro rarg {n}
@code{\n\}
@end macro

@c @aarg{text-no} is used to reference arguments of asynchronous
@c messages.  This is *only* used in the nodes that defines the
@c relevant asynchronous message.
@macro aarg {n}
@code{\n\}
@end macro

@c @errorcode{no-such-text} is used to mark error codes.
@macro errorcode {n}
@code{\n\}
@end macro

@c @field{ident-user} is used to mark fields of struct types.
@macro field {n}
@code{\n\}
@end macro

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@ifinfo
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This is the LysKOM Protocol A specification, edition
@value{PROTOEDITION}.  It specifies version @value{PROTOVER} of the
protocol.  It corresponds to version @value{VERSION} of lyskomd.
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Copyright @copyright{} 1995-2000 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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@ignore
Permission is granted to process this file through TeX
and print the results, provided the printed document
carries a copying permission notice identical to this
one except for the removal of this paragraph (this
paragraph not being relevant to the printed manual).
@end ignore

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.
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@end ifinfo

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@c FIXME: What does this do?
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@titlepage
@title{LysKOM Protocol A}
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@subtitle{Protocol version @value{PROTOVER}}
@subtitle{Edition @value{PROTOEDITION}}
@subtitle{(lyskomd @value{VERSION})}
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@author by the LysKOM Developers

@page
@vskip 0pt plus 1filll
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Copyright @copyright{} 1995-2000 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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@ifnothtml
@contents
@end ifnothtml
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@dircategory LysKOM
@direntry
* Protocol A: (protocol-a).             The LysKOM Protocol A specification.
@end direntry

@ifhtml
@html
<a href="http://www.lysator.liu.se/" ><img
src="http://www.lysator.liu.se/icons/lyslogo.gif" alt="Lysator"
width=40 border=0 height=40 align=left ></a>

<a href="http://www.lysator.liu.se/lyskom/" ><img
src="http://www.lysator.liu.se/icons/lyskom.gif" alt="LysKOM" width=40
border=0 height=40 align=left ></a>
<br clear=all>
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@node Top
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@top LysKOM Protocol A
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This document specifies version @value{PROTOVER} of LysKOM Protocol A.
This is edition @value{PROTOEDITION} of the specification.  It
corresponds to version @value{VERSION} of lyskomd.

The most up-to-date version if this document can always be found at 
@uref{http://www.lysator.liu.se/lyskom/protocol/}.
@end ifnottex
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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

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@node Overview
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@chapter Overview

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@iftex
This document specifies version @value{PROTOVER} of LysKOM Protocol A.
This is edition @value{PROTOEDITION} of the specification.  It
corresponds to version @value{VERSION} of lyskomd.

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The most up-to-date version if this document can always be found on
the web at @uref{http://www.lysator.liu.se/lyskom/protocol/}.
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@end iftex

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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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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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Per Cederqvist @email{ceder@@lysator.liu.se}, 
David Byers @email{byers@@lysator.liu.se},
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@ifinfo
Pär
@end ifinfo
@iftex
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
Kent Engström
@end ifinfo
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Kent Eng@-str@"om@penalty-10000
@end iftex
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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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@menu
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* Document Edition History::   
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* Protocol Version History::    
* Notation::                    
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@end menu

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@node Document Edition History
@section Document Edition History
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@table @asis
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@item 10.4: 2001-04-07
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Editorial changes needed to publish an online version on the web at
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@uref{http://www.lysator.liu.se/lyskom/protocol/}.

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@item 10.3: 2000-09-09
Several aux-items can be set on letterboxes and not only conferences.  A
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few can now be set on the server.  The @aux{allowed-content-type} and
@aux{recommended-conf} aux-items were added.  The
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obsolete.  Text regarding mail import was improved, based on actual
experience in writing an email importer.  Reserved a range of aux-items
for komimportmail.  Several minor corrections and clarifications made.
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Distributed with lyskomd 2.0.4.
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@item 10.2: 1999-07-23
Some typos and other minor errors were fixed.  Distributed with lyskomd
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corrected. Regexps are case sensitive.  The Info-Type enumeration was
introduced in the description of the protocol.  (Previous versions of
the protocol had broken definitions of add-recipient,
async-new-recipient and async-sub-recipient.)  Distributed with lyskomd
2.0.1.
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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
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Note: this edition incorrectly marked the @req{sub-comment} call as
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obsolete, and stated that regexp lookup was case insensitive.  Both
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@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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@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 98=query-read-texts
@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 105=set-keep-commented
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@end itemize

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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
@end multitable

@item Status change

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@itemize @bullet
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@item 58=get-last-text
@item 77=set-last-read
@item 78=get-uconf-stat
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The following calls have changed status from Recommended or
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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 New and Modified Structures
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@item Aux-Item
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@item Info
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@item Membership
@item Membership-Type
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@item Text-Stat
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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 New Asynchronous Messages
@itemize @bullet
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@item 14=async-deleted-text
@item 15=async-new-text
@item 16=async-new-recipient
@item 17=async-sub-recipient
@item 18=async-new-membership
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@item Notes
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conference was supposed to indicate passive membership in a conference. 
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memberships have been introduced in this protocol version through the
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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.
@end itemize
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@subsection Protocol version 9 (first implemented in lyskomd 1.9.0)
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@item New functionality
@itemize @bullet
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a client attempts to use an unimplemented call.  This feature requires
that the client uses newline as call terminator.
@end itemize
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@item Added Commands
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@itemize @bullet
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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
@item 84=get-static-session-info
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@item Changed names
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name was changed, but not the functionality.
@end itemize
@item Status change
@itemize @bullet
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@item 64=@req{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
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@item Added Functionality
@itemize @bullet
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@end itemize

@item New Commands
@itemize @bullet
@item
77=set-last-read
@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
53=send-message: Recipient can be a conference or a person.
@end itemize

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

@item Other
@itemize @bullet
@item
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@end itemize
@end table

@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
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@subsection Protocol Version 4 (first implemented in lyskomd 1.1.1)

@table @asis
@item New Calls
@itemize @bullet
@item
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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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@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)

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@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 @type{INT32} and
@type{ARRAY}).
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Derived data types have names that start with an upper-case letter. (If
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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

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An article is represented as a value of the type @type{Text-Stat} and a
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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
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@field{nice} value of each of its recipients and it is not marked by any
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Currently there is an array of @type{Misc-Info} included in the
@type{Text-Stat}. This array contains information about recipients,
senders, comments and footnotes. In the future the information
contained in the @type{Misc-Info} array will be integrated into the
@type{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
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data type called @type{Conference}. Each conference has a
@dfn{creator}, the person who created the conference, and a
@dfn{supervisor}, a conference whose members can modify the conference.
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If the supervisor is a person, the members of that person's mailbox
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Each conference has a type, which is essentially a collection of
boolean flags. Currently the flags @conftype{rd-prot},
@conftype{letterbox}, @conftype{secret}, @conftype{original},
@conftype{allow-anonymous} and @conftype{forbid-secret} are defined.
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@table @conftype
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@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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Conferences of this type are connected to persons. Letters to a person
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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
Conferences of this type are secret. The server will not divulge any
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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
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@item allow-anonymous
Conferences of this type accept anonymous articles. Other conferences
will reject anonymous articles.
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@item forbid-secret
Conferences of this type do not allow secret members. If a conference is 
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* Persons and Sessions::        
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@node Persons and Sessions
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@subsection Persons and Sessions

Persons are represented in the protocol by values of the type
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flags and a set of privileges (@pxref{Security}.) Persons are also
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Connections to the server are represented as values of the type
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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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@node The Misc-Info List
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@section The Misc-Info List

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recipient; carbon copy recipient; blank carbon copy recipient;
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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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@subsection Recipient
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@table @misc
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@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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Always present within a recipient group. It contains the local text
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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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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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Present when the recipient was added after the article was created. It
contains the time when the recipient was added.
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@subsection Carbon Copy (CC) Recipient
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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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Starts a carbon-copy recipient group. It contains the conference number
of a carbon-copy recipient of the article.
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Always present in a CC recipient group. It contains the local text
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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
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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
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A BCC recipient group is basically only visible to members and
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member of the recipient can also see it, as can the author of the text
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@item bcc-recpt
Starts a blank carbon-copy recipient group. It contains the conference
number of a blank carbon-copy recipient of the article.
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@item rec-time
Present after the BCC recipient has read the article. It contains the
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@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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@subsection Comment To
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@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
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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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@item comm-in
Present when there are comments to this article. It contains the article
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Present when there are footnotes to this article. It contains the
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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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* Experimental 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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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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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
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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,
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flags, who can create them, to what objects they can be attached and
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so forth. The server may also silently enforce specific values for any
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@table @samp
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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
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@item fast-reply [2] (text)
Data is a string that constitutes a brief comment to the text. This
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An item of this type will never be inherited, can always be deleted, is
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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
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The inherit bit is automatically cleared and the item can always be
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