Mordor MUD Troubleshooting Guide
See also the Mordor FAQ, Tips and the Windows FAQ for more information.
This guide is devoted to discussing the most frequent problems with
setting up Mordor. If you have questions that are not answered
adeduately here please post your question to Isenhelp's message forum.
In addition, there is a low volume list-server for Mordor
administrators. You can get more information by sending email to
This guide is brand new as of March 17, 1996, and thus will be improved
as more questions get asked. It has been revised to account for the new
release of Mordor version 4.0.
I type mordor and it doesn't run.
Did you make sure that it is in the proper directory heirachy? If you
didn't compile a version yourself, it MUST reside in the /home/mordor
path. If you cannot run it in this directory, or the binary is
incompatible with your system you'll need to compile your own version.
mordor runs okay, but when I log in the room has no exits, and I
see 'File could not be opened.' error.
Check your paths. Be sure that if you are running mordor under WinNT
that you put the mordor.exe binary in the bin/ directory. It is located
in bin/NT after you unzip it, and needs to be moved to bin/ for mordor
to work. Also, check to see that the log/news file exits. This is the
first file shown just after login.
mordor copiles okay, but when I try to log in it crashes right
after asking my password.
This is the most common problem seen, and can be caused by a number of
- First, check your PATHS in mtype.h. Make sure that they are
set to match the path for the account or directory that is running the
server. For example, if mtype.h states c:\home\mordor, then you must
have the executable started in c:\home\modor\bin. If you want to change
this you need to compile a binary for yourself, after making changing
- Second, Make sure that you have a rooms/r00001 file. This is the
first room you will drop into after character creation. If it does not
exist the server will crash. You can create a new Room #1 (rooms/r00001
file) by using the editor.
- Third, check to make sure that your database is compatible
with your particular machine. The database included with the standard
release is in binary format for the 80x86 processor line. You can check
to see if your machine is incompatible with the database by erasing (rm)
the file rooms/r00001, and creating Room #1 with the editor. If this
fixes your problem then you need to make a compatible database for your
NOTE: You will also need to create all the
monster and object files as well.
You can create your own database by
deleting all the room, object and monster files and creating your own.
These files are kept in rooms/ and objmon/, with the object files named
as o00-o04 and the monster files as m00-m04.
If you want to use the stock database, you will need to get the
version and the ascii to binary converter, which is included with the
The game runs fine for about 6 hours and then shuts down, how can I
This is a builtin 'feature' of Mordor. This allows you to run a backup
routine without overloading the system while the game is running. You
can change this by changing the AUTOSHUTDOWN setting in the mordor.cf file.
You can also use the *shut command to set the time to
shutdown at a very high value (it takes the value in seconds).
When i execute the mordor.exe file, i only get a dos window in
which you can't type anything. I have followed all the instructions
(like the path) and typing mordor and so on but nothing works.
Once you have the dos window activated, minimize it to your menu bar.
You cannot do anything with this dos window except hit ^C to kill the
process. After you have it running you can activate a telnet session to
log into the game on port 4040 (i.e. telnet localhost 4040) just as if
you were logging into a normal mud. If you don't know what telnet is,
then its time to learn. Go to a search page and learn about telnet.
Several decent telnet clients for WinNT can be found at Winsite; Just search for 'telnet client'.