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mcabber \- a simple Jabber console client

mcabber [ \-f configfile ] [ --help | \-h ]


mcabber(1) is a small Jabber console client\&. For now it needs a configuration file to start, so please copy the sample mcabberrc file and adapt your connection settings\&.

You also need to have an existing Jabber account to use this software, as it cannot (un)register accounts yet\&.

The mcabber(1) screen is divided into 4 regions\&. The \fIroster\fR, alias \fIbuddylist\fR, is on the left\&. The \fIchat window\fR, or chat buffer, is on the right\&. The \fIinput line\fR lies at the bottom of the screen, under a small \fIlog window\fR\&.

To display buddies chat buffers, you will have to enter \fIchat mode\fR\&. You can enter chat mode by pressing enter, and leave chat mode with the ESC key\&. Simply sending a message will also enable chat mode\&.

Here are some of the features of mcabber:

.TP 3
 SSL support\&.
 History logging: If enabled (see the CONFIGURATION FILE section), mcabber(1) can save discussions to history log files\&.
 Commands completion: If possible, mcabber(1) will try to complete your command line if you hit the Tab key\&.
 External actions: Some events (like receiving a message) can trigger an external action, for example a shell script (you need to enable it in your configuration file)\&.


\-\-help, \-h
Quick help usage message

\-f configfile
Use configuration file configfile 


Text typing occurs in the \fIinput line\fR; basic operations are supported (left arrow, right arrow, home/end keys, insert, delete, backspace...)\&.

PageUp and PageDown keys are used to move in the roster\&.

To send a message, move to the choosen buddy in the buddylist, type your message and hit enter\&. If the line begins with a slash, this will be interpreted as a command (see the COMMAND section below)\&. Hit escape to leave the chat mode\&.

Here is a quick description of the key bindings:

Ctrl\-a		Go to the beginning of the input line

Ctrl\-e		Go to the end of the input line

Ctrl\-l		Force a resize

PgUp/PgDown	Move inside the roster (buddylist)

Tab			Complete current word, in the input line

Ctrl\-g		Cancel completion / ctrl\-g

Ctrl\-p/Ctrl\-n	Scroll up/down half a screen in the buffer window (chat mode)

Ctrl\-u		Delete from beginning of the line to the cursor

Ctrl\-k		Delete from the cursor to the end of line

Ctrl\-w		Backward kill word

Ctrl\-t		Transpose chars

Ctrl\-o		Accept line and put the next history line in the input line (accept\-line\-and\-down\-history)

Ctrl\-q		Jump to the next unread message


\fB/add\fR jid [nickname]
Add the jid Jabber user to our roster (default group), and send a notification request to this buddy\&. If no nickname is specified, the jid is used\&.

\fB/alias\fR name = command line
Add "name" as an alias for "command line"\&. Aliases are expanded only once, thus they can not be chained\&. "/alias name" displays the value associated with the "name" alias; "/alias name =" unsets the "name" alias\&. Example: "/alias away = status away"\&.

\fB/bind\fR keycode = command line
Bind a command line to the key with the "keycode" code number\&. Keycodes of unused keys are displayed by mcabber in the log window when pressing the key, for example "Unknown key=265"\&. "/bind keycode" displays the command line bound to the given keycode; "/bind keycode" unbinds the given keycode\&. Note: aliases can be used in key bindings\&. Example: "/bind 265 = status online" (265 is F1 for me, but it can depend on your ncurses installation)\&.

\fB/buffer\fR clear|top|bottom
The buffer command manipulates the current buddy's buffer (chat window)\&.

 \fBclear\fR	clear the current buddy chat window
 \fBtop\fR 	jump to the top of the current buddy chat buffer
 \fBbottom\fR	jump to the bottom of the current buddy chat buffer

The clear command is actually an alias for "/buffer clear"\&.

Establish connection to the Jabber server\&.

Delete the current buddy from our roster, unsubscribe from its presence notification and unsubscribe it from ours\&.

Terminate connection to the Jabber server\&. Note: the roster is only available when the connection to the server is active, so the buddylist is empty when disconnected\&.

\fB/group\fR fold|unfold|toggle
The group command changes the current group display\&.

 \fBfold\fR	fold (shrink) the current group tree in the roster
 \fBunfold\fR	unfold (expand) the current group tree in the roster
 \fBtoggle\fR	toggle the state (fold/unfold) of the current tree

Display info on the selected entry (user, agent, group...)\&.

\fB/move\fR [groupname]
Move the current buddy to the requested group\&. If no group is specified, then the buddy is moved to the default group\&. This command only works with users (not agents), at the moment\&.

\fB/msay\fR begin|verbatim|send|abort
Send a multi\-line message\&. To write a single message with several lines, the \fImulti\-line mode\fR should be used\&. In multi\-line mode, each line (except command lines) typed in the input line will be added to the multi\-line message\&. Once the message is finished, it can be sent to the current selected buddy with the "msay /send" command\&. The \fIverbatim\fR multi\-line mode disables commands, so that it is possible to enter lines starting with a slash\&. Only the "/msay" command (with send or abort parameters) can be used to exit verbatim mode\&.

 \fBbegin\fR	enter multi\-line mode
 \fBverbatim\fR	enter verbatim multi\-line mode
 \fBsend\fR	send the current multi\-line message to the currently selected buddy
 \fBabort\fR	leave multi\-line mode without sending the message

\fB/rename\fR nickname
Rename current buddy to the given nickname\&. This command does not work for groups, at the moment (but you can move the buddies to another group with the /move command)\&.

The roster command manipulates the roster/buddylist\&.  Here are the available parameters:

 \fBbottom\fR     	jump to the bottom of the roster
 \fBtop\fR        	jump to the top of the roster
 \fBhide_offline\fR	hide offline buddies
 \fBshow_offline\fR	show offline buddies
 \fBtoggle_offline\fR	toggle display of offline buddies
 \fBsearch\fR bud	search for a buddy with a name or buddy containing "bud" (only in the displayed buddylist)
 \fBalternate\fR	jump to alternate buddy\&. The "alternate" buddy is the last buddy left while being in chat mode (this command is thus especially useful after commands like "/roster unread_first")
 \fBunread_first\fR	jump to the first unread message
 \fBunread_next\fR	jump to the next unread message

\fB/say\fR text
Send the text message to the currently selected buddy\&. Can be useful if you want to send a message beginning with a slash, for example\&.

\fB/status\fR [online|avail|invisible|free|dnd|notavail|away [StatusMessage]]
Set the current status\&. If no status is specified, display the current status\&. If a status message is specified, it will overrride the message* variables\&.


See the provided sample configuration file, which should be self\-documented\&.


The following files can be used by mcabber(1):


$HOME/\&.mcabber/mcabberrc    Default configuration file
$HOME/\&.mcabberrc            Configuration file used if no other has been found
$HOME/\&.mcabber/histo/       Default directory for storing chat history files, if enabled



Certainly\&. Please tell me if you find one! :\-)


Written by Mikael BERTHE <\\fR>\&.
Originally based on cabber (Cabber homepage: <\fI\fR>), please consult the AUTHORS file for details\&.


Main web site: <\fI\fR>


Copyright (C) 2005 Mikael Berthe\&.

Some portions are Copyright (C) 2002\-2004 <cabber@ajmacias\&.com>\&.

Free use of this software is granted under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL)\&.