Network Text Editor UCL Multimedia

NTE Frequently Asked Questions

For IPv6 related problems, please also see the IPv6 FAQ.


  1. How do I get started?
  2. How do I find out more and command line options?
  3. How do I report bugs, comments, and other feedback?
  4. How do I contribute code?



  1. How do I start NTE?
  2. NTE is a multicast shared text editor. It is best to start it using a session directory tool, like SDR. NTE does not do call or session invitation for two reasons. There are several alternative protocols for performing call setup and negotiation, and adding code encumbers the tool unnecessarily. In addition, these call setup and negotiation is reasonably complex and best handled elsewhere so that audio, whiteboard, etc, can all leverage the same functionality if desired.

    If desired NTE can be launched from the command line as described below.

    You can start it from the command line using an IP address and port number as arguments. The syntax is:

    nte address/port

    To join a multicast group (address range to just enter the group address and a port number.

  3. How do I find out about command line options?
  4. Documentation for NTE can be downloaded from the Software section of the UCL Multimedia web-page.

  5. How to report bugs, comments, and other feedback?
  6. All bugs, comments, and requests for features should be directed to

    When reporting problems please detail:

    1. which version of NTE you are using.
    2. which hardware platform and OS version.
    3. The events leading up to the error.
    The more information you furnish, the more likely we are to be able to assist you.

  7. How to contribute code?
  8. All code contributions are welcomed. The preferred source code to use for code contributions is in the UCL CVS source code repository as this is the code that will consitute the next release. Please send patches and the version of the source code used to