Unix Frotz 2.51 released

Frotz 2.51 is now ready. This is a minor release focusing on bugfixes and minor enhancements.

Summary of changes between Frotz 2.50 and Frotz 2.51:

NEW FEATURES

  • Added an -f option for Dumb Frotz to mark up the output with color and
    formatting codes. Currently “irc”, “ansi”, and “normal” modes are
    supported.

BUG FIXES

  • Cleanly account for some installations of ncurses which have the
    library split into ncurses (high level) and tinfo (low level).

  • Added an idiosyncrasy fix for Cutthroats, which assumes a
    quick-and-dirty conversion of 24-hour notation to am/pm notation.

  • Fixed where the Makefile used spaces instead of a tab in a rarely-used
    recipe.

  • Fixed a memory allocation problem with restoring a game at the command
    line using the -L option.

  • Fixed an oversight in which curses wasn’t being shut down properly
    when fatal zcode errors were encountered.

I’m currently finishing up folding in the old X11 interface. For that I’m waiting to hear back from Daniel Shepler, the person who wrote that interface code. I’m also trying to get Dumb Frotz compiled and running on TOPS20 on an emulated PDP-10. I’m not sure if I’ll add xfrotz to the 2.52 release or wait until 2.60. Full PDP-10 support with full screen control and disk paging will be in 2.60.

Source code and a precompiled executable for 16-bit MS-DOS have been uploaded to the IF Archive and will be in their usual places in a few days.

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