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HexChat stores configuration files in
~/.config/hexchat, XChat does so in
Freenode SSL and SASL
In HexChat, enable SSL and SASL in Network List (
Ctrl+S) > Freenode > Edit.
To use the new Notifications and messaging tray, activate the following options in Settings > Preferences > Chatting > Alerts:
- Show tray balloons
- Blink tray icon (optional)
- Enable system tray icon: unchecked (the icon appears automatically if you have pending notifications)
Missing tray icon
If HexChat was loaded before the panel containing its icon, for example when the panel is forcibly reloaded, the icon may be invisible.  To restore the icon, run:
$ hexchat --existing --command="set gui_tray 0" $ hexchat --existing --command="gui apply" $ hexchat --existing --command="set gui_tray 1" $ hexchat --existing --command="gui apply"
Or restore the main window with:
$ hexchat --existing --command="gui show"