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are our own, and not theirs!
To install tkMOO-light on your Macintosh machine and use it to
connect to Acadiana, follow these instructions.
There are four things to do. Do all four steps,
including downloading and installing the tkmoo-light worlds file for
or Acadiana will not appear as an option when you try to connect.
- Download the tkMOO-light software
- Install tkMOO-light
- Install the worlds file that contains the information for
connecting to Acadiana
- Start tkMOO-light and use it to connect to Acadiana
You may want to print this page so that you'll be able to keep these
instructions in view as you work.
Note that while this takes a lot of space to explain, it's super
easy to do. If you're used to downloading and installing software,
please use these instructions anyhow to make sure you do not
forget to install the correct worlds file.
I. Download tkMOO-light
- Go to the
tkMOO-light distribution page
- Find the downloadable file under the heading "tkMOO-light for
Macintosh." This file name will be something like tm0-3-31.sit
. The numbers in the filename will change each time tkMOO-light
is upgraded and a new version is offered here, but the file needed
by Mac users always has a .sit extension on its name.
- Before you download the tkMOO-light file, make sure you have a
program able to unpack a .sit archive file. If you don't have one,
download Stuffit Expander before you download tkMOO-light. There is
a link to Stuffit Expander right there in the "tkMOO-light for
Macintosh" section of the tkMOO-light distribution page.
- To download tkMOO-light for Mac, click on the link to the
download file for Macintosh. The file should download and Stuffit
Expander should extract it automatically.
- If prompted, select a save location for the file, the same as you
do when saving any other file to your computer. Your Desktop is a good
location for this particular file, which you'll be able to delete
after you've finished the installation.
II. Install tkMOO-light
- If Stuffit Expander has extracted your file, you should have two
new files, a .sit file named something like tm0-3-31.sit and
a folder named something like tm0-3-31. You can rename the
folder, if you prefer, and you can throw the .sit file away.
- If Stuffit Expander has not extracted your file, you need to
launch Stuffit Expander and then double-click the file you just
downloaded. When prompted, select your desktop as the location where
should be saved.
III. Install the tkMOO-light Worlds file for Acadiana
The Worlds file is the file that contains information tkMOO-light
uses to connect to MOOs you want to use. For your convenience, I offer
a Worlds file already aimed at Connections. Once you've installed
it, you can add other MOOs to it.
- Option-click on this link: worlds.tkm
- Select Save As or your browser's equivalent.
In the Save dialog box:
- Navigate to the Preferences folder within your System Folder
- Make sure the File name line says worlds.tkm
Click the Save button. You might see a dialog box
telling you that the worlds.tkm file already exists, and asking whether
you want to replace it. If you do, click Yes--replace the
original worlds.tkm file with the one you're downloading.
IV. Run tkMOO-light and connect to Acadiana!
- Open your new tkMOO-light folder (remember, it's called something
like tm0-3-31, unless you renamed it).
- Locate the tkmoo file, which has a grey diamond icon with a blue
feather in it.
- Double-click the tkMOO file, and tkMOO-light will open. It will
look pretty blank; don't let that worry you.
- From the Connect menu in the upper left corner of the
menu, select Acadiana, and tkMOO-light will open a connection
the MOO Connections. You'll see the Connections welcome screen appear
in the large white area of the tkMOO-light window. Now you can log
- Your input box, or command line, is the pink box at the bottom of
the screen; you'll see your cursor blinking in the upper left corner.
In that input box, enter one of the following commands:
If you have an Acadiana character, enter:
connect yourcharactername yourpassword
If you want to connect as a guest, enter:
connect walker u4mxy9
- To get started using Acadiana, consult the information given you
by your teacher or group leader, or use one of these Connections
tutorials (Connections uses the same software as Acadiana and is
For more help and more tutorials, explore the options on the
Connections home page
Some important notes
Currently, there is no Mac OS X version of
It will, however, run in the Classic environment. See the tkMOO-light
Running tkMOO-light on Mac OS X
for more information. (You might
want to try MudWalker
first Mac OS X mud client.
You do not have to keep the file you downloaded
and extracted the files from--the file that has a name similar to
tm0-3-31.sit. Once you've finished part II above, you can delete
the original downloaded file.
You do not have to leave your tkMOO-light folder
on your Desktop. You can put it where ever you prefer to store program
If you need to uninstall tkMOO-light, simply
the folder; there's no additional uninstall process.
If you use other MOOs in addition to Acadiana,
you can add them to your tkMOO-light menu by selecting Worlds
from the Connect menu, and then clicking the New button. Do
not edit the DEFAULT WORLD item on that menu--click New
and add a new item for the MOO you want to connect
to. Some users have experienced problems after editing the default
If you add a new world to tkMOO-light, you'll
that, as in many clients, there is a place to put in your username
and password. You do not have to put that information into the client,
and I recommend that you don't, for two reasons:
If anyone else uses the same computer and
to use tkMOO-light, they will be automatically connected to
your MOO character. Not only is that a violation of most MOOs'
policies, but someone could do a lot of damage to your MOO character
and objects, as well as to your friendships with other MOO users,
by logging in as you.
Even if you're the only one with access to
the computer you use, putting your password into your client means
that you never have to type it and will probably forget it, which
in turn means you won't know how to log into the MOO when you
want to use a different computer or MOO client. Additionally,
changing your MOO password, which you should do periodically in
order to be sure your character remains secure, is more difficult
to do if you also have to edit client settings.
tkMOO-light was written by Andrew Wilson, and you
can read more about it on the tkMOO-light home
. If you discover any bugs in tkMOO-light, or you have any
other feedback for the author, go to the tkMOO-light home page and
. The author is very responsive and appreciates
feedback about tkMOO-light.
However, if you're a member of a class that was specifically
asked to use tkMOO-light, and you're having some trouble installing or
using it, contact your teacher first. He or she should be able to
answer many of your questions. Then try the documentation on the
tkMOO-light home page. If you can't solve your problem that way, then,
of cs. Then try the documentation on the tkMOO-light home page.