[JDEV] [Off Topic] Jabber Client for the Command Line

Keith Minkler kminkler at jabber.com
Thu Jul 6 00:28:16 CDT 2000

there is a jabber client or two that use command line only interface.. jabberx i think is one of them, included in the libjabber (i *think*) or bitchX and svc_irc works good (/server jabber.org) (it'll work even better when updated to 1.1)  there is also a svc_telnet (not sure which port it listens on) that you can telnet to a jabber server to get a text interface... all these are valid "no gui" options... 

On Fri, Jun 30, 2000 at 10:36:13AM -0500, Jonathan Conrad wrote:
> I haven't yet tried to play with the Jarl client, but I imagine that it
> requires X Windows, and the Gabber client for Gnome probably requires
> Windows also, and the Windows clients for Microsoft's point and click thingy
> probably won't do anything useful in command.com, and the client for the
> Macintosh probably requires the user to occaisionally handle one of those
> dirty little rodents, and I don't even know what the Newton MessagePad is,
> but it sounds like something that doesn't even have a keyboard.  My point is
> that it is silly that I should have to stop typing and dig my mouse out from
> beneath the pile of books and papers on my desk to point at something and
> click on it so that I can type something to it.  I still yet to get X
> Windows working with my ATI Rage Fury 32Mb AGP video card with anything
> better than 640x480x4 bit, and will only use it for a fish tank when I do
> get it to work.  (Could specifying the exact frequencies for my monitor be
> giving me problems?  Should I allow a slightly higher or lower refresh rate?
> Is the problem with the new hardware that doesn't entirely implement the
> good old standard SVGA because the new "features" are designed for Microsoft
> Windows 9x?)  Anyway, my intention is to implement a telnet client
> "transport" that has a nice ANSI graphical interface for use from the bash
> prompt (telnet localhost $JABBERPORT) and maybe a mechanism like an IRC
> server for users of differing clients to all use a common channel to have a
> group discussion.  The channel would just be a set of identities from all of
> the participating users' servers which are allocated as needed from a set of
> ICQ numbers and AOL "screen names" and similar Yahoo and MSN devices.  Maybe
> I can just use the IRC transport with BitchX or something, but the telnet
> transport seems like a good idea that shouldn't be too complicated to
> implement.  I look forward to your suggestions and comments, but I may not
> check my email again until Sunday evening.  In the meantime, this is
> Jonathan Conrad, and I am rebooting to RedHat...
> By the way, are there any other pieces of Open Source software that may
> allow me to use ICQ in Linux, especially without using X?
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