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MChat is a package allowing a conversation to take place between a potentially infinite number of people across the Internet. It uses the Multicast support that has been added to XEmacs in the early 21.0 days. At that time a rudimentary version of MChat was written, merely to illustrate the feature, and almost nobody knew it, apart from the other developers. This version is much improved and completely backwards incompatible ;-).
NOTE: before using this package, you most likely have to customize the
mchat-nsl-method first. It specifies a program like
nslookup in order to retrieve the IP number of your machine.
The main entry point to the package is the
mchat function which allows
you to open a multicast group based on the MChat protocol. There are a number
a variables that can be customized and their doc-string should be
self-explanatory. You might also want to look at the bindings (C-h b)
in MChat buffers, or at the menubar entries to get an idea of what you can
WARNING: the current version (but there's also a limitation in the internals of XEmacs's processes) doesn't let you send messages longer than 500 octets or so, including the protocol header. I plan to change this in the future (see the todo list).
To configure this package, type:
M-x customize-group RET mchat RET
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