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About

Bitlbee is a "console-based IRC to IM chatting gateway, including ICQ/MSN/Jabber". Basically, it allows the user to interact with popular chat networks (ICQ, MSN, Jabber, AIM, YIM) within their IRC client.

The users' buddies appear as normal IRC users in a channel and conversations use the private message facility of IRC.


Setup

First, download and install the package using pacman:

# pacman -S bitlbee

Bitlbee can now run as a daemon of its own! Open up /etc/bitlbee/bitlbee.conf to browse through the settings. Edit the "RunMode" line to "ForkDaemon", then run

/etc/rc.d/bitlbee start

to start the Bitlbee server. Of course, add bitlbee to your DAEMONS array in /etc/rc.conf to start the server on boot. Note that just starting the server does not log you in to any of your messenger accounts! You must join a channel and issue commands.

Configuration

You are now able to connect to this in an IRC client. To connect, just connect to localhost using your favorite IRC client.

Hopefully this will connect and you should immediately join a channel called '&bitlbee'. When you join this channel it will tell to type 'Help' if you're new... type 'Help' ;)

Read through the help offered by Bitlbee to get started. There are some great guides online too:

http://quark.humbug.org.au/publications/internet/bitlbee.pdf

http://princessleia.com/bitlbee.php

How to connect to Jabber using your Gmail account

In your control channel do the following:

account add jabber username@gmail.com mypasswd
account set <account id>/server talk.google.com

After root responds with "Account successfully added" you can check your accounts with "account list".

<@user> account list 
<@root> 0. JABBER, username@gmail.com (connected) 
<@root> End of account list

After you have added the account, type "account on 0" and it should log in:

<@user> account on 0 
<@root> JABBER(username@gmail.com) - Logging in: Connecting 
<@root> JABBER(username@gmail.com) - Logging in: Connected 
<@root> JABBER(username@gmail.com) - Logging in: Requesting Authentication Method
<@root> JABBER(username@gmail.com) - Logging in: Authenticating 
<@root> JABBER(username@gmail.com) - Logged in

If you get errors like the following:

<@user> account on 0 
<@root> JABBER(username@gmail.com) - Logging in: Connecting
<@root> JABBER(username@gmail.com) - Logging in: Connected
<@root> JABBER(username@gmail.com) - Logging in: Requesting Authentication Method
<@root> JABBER(username@gmail.com) - Logging in: Authenticating
<@root> JABBER(username@gmail.com) - Login error: Error 403: Unknown error
<@root> JABBER(username@gmail.com) - Signing off...

Switching the domain from "gmail.com" to "googlemail.com" may help. This seems to be the case for some European countries, especially Germany where Google doesn't own the trademark for the name Gmail [1].

The easiest way to change your account settings is to simply delete the account you created and add it again.

account del 0
account add jabber username@googlemail.com mypasswd

If you are still unable to connect, try switching the port to 5222. For some reason some people must connect on 5223 while others have to connect on 5222. There appears to be no way to know which one to use other than trial and error.

See Also

Screen Irssi Bitlbee