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  • noun The definition of the current MUD scenario. In MUD1, the database (written in MUDDL) really is a database, but MUD2's database (written in MUDDLE) looks like a proper program. The text that comprises the database is read in by another program (misleadingly referred to as the 'loader' or 'compiler') and interpreter-friendly intermediate code is produced. Prior to 1991, this program was called 'dbase'; it's now the equally confusing 'mcomp'. When MUD is said to 'have a new database' it means that revisions to the MUDDLE code have been made and the changes are about to take effect. As a result, Strange Things may occur... See definition language, DB, version, Mist, Rock.

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