Frequently Asked Questions¶
- Frequently Asked Questions
- IRC clients
- How to change an account ID?
- How to change my nickname or my mood message?
- Is there a way to get minbif not to change the contact names server side?
- How to become away
- How to change my status message
- Why do my accounts are shown as away when I don't speak for a while?
- Protocols specifics
- Minbif crashes when I try to add a MSN buddy
- How to join a MSN group chat?
- Why file transfers are slow on MSN?
- XMPP (Jabber, GMail, Facebook)
- I can't join a conference room because my nickname is already in use
- How do I change my handle on a conference room?
- How using Facebook?
- Minbif crashes when I add a prpltwtr account
- I can't join the "Home Timeline" group chat
- How do I use the skype4linux plugin with minbif when it runs on a server?
- Does minbif support OTR?
In general case, perhaps some clients don't support some IRC commands needed to use Minbif. You may create aliases, or use the /quote command.
Minbif is mainly tested with irssi and this is probably the most supported IRC client.
- Add an alias for the SVSNICK command:
/alias svsnick quote svsnick
- Add an alias for the MAP command:
/alias map /quote map
This is a crappy old IRC client, do not use it.
How to change an account ID?¶
/MAP edit command. For example:
/MAP edit msn0 accid msn
Note: to work, this IM account needs to be disconnected.
How to change my nickname or my mood message?¶
/MAP cmd command can run a specific command on an account. Firstly, run it without any argument to display all available commands:
/MAP cmd jabber0 16:36:58 !public.minbif.im Commands available for jabber0: 16:36:58 !public.minbif.im SetUserInfo 16:36:58 !public.minbif.im ChangePassword 16:36:58 !public.minbif.im SearchforUsers 16:36:58 !public.minbif.im SetMood 16:36:58 !public.minbif.im SetNickname
Then, for example, run the
/MAP cmd jabber0 SetMood
The request pseudo-user will ask you what new mood message you want to set:
16:37:09 request> Request closed. 16:37:11 request> New request: Set User Nickname 16:37:11 request> Please specify a new nickname for you. 16:37:11 request> Default value is: 16:37:11 request> Type answer: 16:37:14 > romain 16:37:14 request> Request closed.
Note: this feature is introduced into Minbif 1.0.1
Is there a way to get minbif not to change the contact names server side?¶
You can do it globally:
/admin server_aliases false
Or for a specific account:
/map edit ACCID server_aliases false
Note: this feature is introduced into Minbif 1.0.2.
/SVSNICKcommand will not store aliases client-side, so when you disconnect/reconnect to the account, specific aliases will be lost.
How to become away¶
How to change my status message¶
See Status management.
Why do my accounts are shown as away when I don't speak for a while?¶
This is a libpurple setting which turn you away (Idle) if you don't send any message for five minutes.
To disable this setting, use:
/ADMIN away_idle false
Minbif crashes when I try to add a MSN buddy¶
This is a race condition in some libpurple versions. There isn't any work around available for minbif which does not disable the aliases feature.
How to join a MSN group chat?¶
As conversation channels does not exist on MSN, you need to initiate a group chat with a buddy. Just create one with this command:
Then you can invite people with the /INVITE command.
Why file transfers are slow on MSN?¶
The libpurple's msn plugin does not support peer-to-peer file transfers. Files are sent through the MSN server.
You can use instead the msn-pecan plugin which supports direct file transfers.
XMPP (Jabber, GMail, Facebook)¶
I can't join a conference room because my nickname is already in use¶
How do I change my handle on a conference room?¶
You need to give the handle parameter to the
/JOIN command. For example, use:
/JOIN #firstname.lastname@example.org:jabber0 handle=romain_
How using Facebook?¶
You can now use the Facebook Chat from Minbif without any third-party plugin, and without all the bugs, since Facebook now provides XMPP access.
To set it up, it is very simple: get your username and password from here (click on "Pidgin"), and provide Minbif with:
/map add jabber USERNAME@chat.facebook.com PASSWORD &fb -!require_tls
The connection won't be encrypted, but if you use Facebook you already don't care much about privacy, don't you ? ;-)
Minbif crashes when I add a prpltwtr account¶
That's probably because you compiled prpltwtr with
IS_PIDGIN. You need to disable it. Edit
global.mak and add this line on top of the file:
I can't join the "Home Timeline" group chat¶
Try to join the channel with:
If you use a version of Minbif which doesn't support IRC channel names containing spaces, you have two solution:
twitter.cand change the name from "Home timeline" to "Timeline" at line 138. Then, join channel with
- Compile prpltwtr with the
How do I use the skype4linux plugin with minbif when it runs on a server?¶
You can follow this article.
Does minbif support OTR?¶
It is the job of the IRC client. irssi-otr is known to work.