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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 4:03 pm    Post subject: How-to: Bitlbee - combines IRC and IM Reply with quote

How-to: Bitlbee - combines IRC and IM

Introduction

First of all: Bitlbee is not a new IM, instead it is something like an IRC-Gateway. That means, you connect with your favourite IRC-Client on a bitlbee server and on this server you can set up connections to your messenger-services. At the moment bitlbee supports ICQ, MSN, AIM, Yahoo and finally: Jabber.

Too hard to understand? Ok, I'll be more precise. :D

After you connected to a bitlbee irc-server you will be thrown into the channel #bitlbee. Then, as already said, you can set up connections to your favorite IM-services. When you finished, all people who are in your contact list will join the channel #bitlbee - you'll just have to open a query and then you can speak to the persons on your contact list similar like using an IM ;)

Ok, I've told you enough. Still interested? Then follow the next step.

Go go go!

First, you can either emerge your own bitlbee server or you can just use a public server like me. Pick the nearest mirror from here: http://bitlbee.org/main.php/servers.html .. and connect with your irc-client to the server.

You will be auto-joined into the channel #bitlbee, now it's time to set up your account data. Afterwards you'll have to register your nickname with
Code:
register your_password
. Then,

Choose what services you need / want and type the specific command:

Code:
    * Jabber
          o account add jabber you@jabber.org your_password
    * MSN
          o account add msn you@hotmail.com your_password
    * ICQ
          o account add oscar your_icq_number your_icq_password login.icq.com
    * AIM
          o account add oscar your_aim_number your_aim_password login.oscar.aol.com
    * Yahoo
          o account add yahoo your_yahoo_screenname your_yahoo_password


Type
Code:
account on
to connect to your IM-services. With
Code:
account list
you can see what account has which number. If you want to delete an account, type
Code:
account del ACCOUNT_NUMBER
.

The only problem which bitlbee has is it can't add IM-Contacts, which are stored on your contact-list automatically to the specific IM-Protocol, so when you try to add a new friend you will have to use your account number, which you can view with account list. So the syntax is:
Code:
add ACCOUNT-NUMBER ICQ/MSN/YAHOO/AIM-NICK NICKNAME


When you want to speak to someone, just fire up a query ;)

And don't forget to add
Code:
identify your_password
to your server-autoconnect command to get authed each time you connect!

Screenshots

http://bitlbee.org/main.php/screenshots.html

Have fun!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! :D
I'll try it very soon, thanks for the howto.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 4:03 pm    Post subject: Re: How-to: Bitlbee - combines IRC and IM Reply with quote

re-nice wrote:

First, you can either emerge your own bitlbee server or you can just use a public server like me.


I'd recommend running your own server, as account information is accessible on public servers - it's quite simple, just start bitlbeed and connect to localhost on 6667.
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 10:58 am    Post subject: Re: How-to: Bitlbee - combines IRC and IM Reply with quote

Hi!

Bitlbee is grate :P ... I'm using it with ERC.
I wonder if it possible to send xml scripts to jabber server through bittlbee?

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2005 7:17 pm    Post subject: Still developed? Reply with quote

I am sorry if my question is out of place. I have been using bitlbee as local server on a daily basis for 6 months... Now I wonder if it is still developed: the last news on their website is three months old. Do you know if it chance or not?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there anyway to make bitlbee beep or make any type of sound when you get a message? I'm supprised it doesn't do this out of the box. At least with irssi it doesn't seem to do this.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bitlbee itself isn't able to do this - it's just a gateway and doesn't care about your client. Instead you'll have to configure your IRC-Client properly. I don't know how you can play sounds with Irssi, but I think there is a possibility to get your computer beeping. Try these irssi-settings:

Code:
irssi

    "/set beep_when_window_active ON"
    "/set beep_when_away ON"
    "/set beep_msg_level MSGS NOTICES DCC DCCMSGS HILIGHT"
    "/set bell_beeps ON"

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks alot. I didn't have irssi setup properly. You can get /beep to play sound files by using a script like beep_beep.pl. It's working pretty good now.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bitlbee rocks with irssi and screen, yeah!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jabber, bitlbee, irssi and screen ftw! it would be nice to run on a gp2x!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about setting it with SSL ?
I 've been having a hard time doing that.
Using Xinet.d to try to load an SSL cert.pem seems not to work so i guess that the only option is with stunnel ?
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