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An avman is an AVatar MANager server. Each avatar is assigned to a particular avman when it is created and this assignment never changes. For example, iay is on avman17.

Each logical avman server is composed of two parts: a dabase back-end process and a server process proper. These normally reside on the same physical machine but in cases of very busy avmans, ThereInc have split an avman over two physical machines with the database back-end process separated from the server process [source].

An avman is responsible for managing non-spatial data such as user accounts and object ownership, commerce transactions and ThereBucks? balances, clubs and groups, events and so forth. Note that object possession and object ownership are distinct: possession is tracked by the 3D servers (a dob knows who is carrying it) while ownership is tracked by the avman (the pob for a dob knows who owns the dob).

The avman is usually to blame for effects like slow login, startup inventory issues and auctions timing out.

When avman3 died in April 2004 and had to be restored from backup, one effect was that all objects designed by one of the avatars assigned to avman3 vanished from the PortaZones they had been placed in.

OpenQuestion: not that it would be at all useful, but is there a way to find out which avman is responsible for a particular avatar?

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