The Forum Protocol

Introduction: The Forum Protocol is a new multi-user chat protocol intended to be a complete replacement for the talk protocol.

Background: The original talk protocol has originated (AFAIK) in the BSD UNIX and got a lot of various improvements later which ended in an almost uncountable amount of different only partially compatible implementations full of defunct compatibility glue. No official protocol standard exists at all. Multi-user support is present only in ytalk and is of a questionable quality.

We decided to develop a completely new protocol based on TCP and offering the following features:

The current Forum development team consists of the following persons:

We have set up a mailing-list for discussion of the protocol. If you want to subscribe to it, ask the Atrey List Server.

Publicly available data:


Last modifications done by Pavel Machek, original author is Martin Mares.