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everybuddy - Universal Instant Messaging client
This man page documents Everybuddy
, version 0.2.0.
Everybuddy is designed to become a Universal Instant Messaging
client designed to seamlessly integrate all existing Instant Messaging
clients and provide a single consistent user interface.
Currently, Everybuddy supports AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, and MSN. Support for
IRC is planned.
The following sections describe how to use Everybuddy.
Definition of terms used in Everybuddy (and this page)
How to use your online messenger accounts.
- Contact list
How to use and edit your contact list.
How to send instant messages and files.
What the preferences do.
Here's a quick overview of the naming conventions used in Everybuddy.
An account has two parts. There is a service and a handle.
The common way for describing an account will be TOC/Zilding or
A contact is the representation of a real person, comprised of an
identifying nickname nad a collection of accounts that the person has.
A handle is how a person can be referred to while logged into a service.
On AIM, an example of a handle would be Zilding. On ICQ, an
example of a handle would be 12345678.
A service is a protocol and a server. For example, the AIM service
uses the TOC protocol (or Oscar...) and the server toc.oscar.aol.com.
The reason the separation is made between the protocol and the server is that
it is possible, in the future, that (if there are many open protocols) there
may be several separate servers with the same protocol (or one server
supporting multiple protocols) , and they will be considered separate
The first time you start Everybuddy
, you will be presented
with a dialog box. Select a server, either AIM, ICQ, Yahoo or MSN. Then
enter your AIM screen name, ICQ UIN, Yahoo Username, or MSN User Name in the
field and enter the password in the Passowrd
add multiple accounts, click the Add
button. You must use existing
accounts, because Everybuddy
does not yet support creating accounts.
You may add accounts later by selecting Edit Accounts
contact list contains Groups,
, and Accounts
. A Group
is a collection
. A Contact
is a person, who has one or more
You may import contact lists from some other instant messaging clients by
selecting Import from the File menu. You can also edit
your contact list under the Edit Contacts tab.
To add a new contact, under the Edit Contacts tab,
click on the Add button. In the Add Contact dialog: In the
Protocol field, select the service, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, or MSN, that their
account is on. Enter their online handle in the Account field.
Select the group you would like them to be a member of in the Group
Enter their name in the Contact field. (You can create a new group
or contact on the fly by typing into the Group and Contact fields
instead of selecting one of the options.) By default, the
Contact will be
the same as the Account, but it does not have to be. Click on the
Add button in the Add Contact dialog.
To add an account to an existing contact, under the Edit
Contacts tab, click on the Add button.
Fill in the Protocol, Account, and Group fields as
above, and select the contact's name in the Contact field.
Click on the Add button in the Add Contact dialog.
To create a new group, add a new account as above, and instead of
selecting an existing group in the Group field, enter the name
of the group you wish to create.
To delete a group, contact, or account, click on its name in the
Edit Contacts tab, then click on the Remove button.
The default protocol is the protocol (AIM, ICQ, Yahoo or MSN) that
Everybuddy will try first when communicating with a contact.
You can change this by double clicking on the name of the contact in
Edit Contacts tab.
tab shows your contact list, either all of them or
only the contacts who are online, depending on the Online Only
and Show All
buttons. Idle and Away status are also shown for
To send a message to a contact, double
click on the contact or account under the Status
and type your message in the field at the bottom of the conversation
window. Messages received from a contact will use the existing
conversation window with the contact or will open a new one if it does
not exist. If the Ignore unknown users
option is selected, messages
from an unknown person will be ignored. Otherwise, such messages will add
the unknown person to your contact list in the Unknown
group, and will
open a conversation window with an Add
button, which you can click on to
add them to your contact list.
To send a file to a contact, right click on the contact or account
under the Status
tab, select Send File
, choose a file
to send in the file selection window, and click on OK
Currently, file sending only works between two Everybuddy
clients. And even then, it usually requires great amounts of incense and
several holy prayer rituals to ensure successful file transmission.
To join a group chat, select Group Chat
from the Tools
menu, select the Service Type
, and enter the name of the chat
room, then click Join
To create a new chat room, do the above, and enter a new name in the
Chat Room Name field.
Invite users with the Invite User button in the chat room window
that will appear.
To leave the chat room, close its window.
The preferences are accessed by selecting Preferences
The Log all conversations
option logs all sent and received
messages to ~/.everybuddy/logs/
AIM messages contain formatting and font information as HTML. Set
Strip HTML tags to keep these out of the logs.
Set Enable sounds for sending/recieving messages
to hear a sound
every time you send or receive a message. (Gosh, imagine that.)
Set Enable signon/signoff sounds to play a sound every time
someone in your contact list logs on or off of their service.
Set Send idle/away status to servers
if you want the servers
and other users to know when you've been idle.
Set Raise wndow on incomming message if you want the conversation
window (if one exists) for a contact to be raised automatically when they
send a message.
Set Timestamp when a user logs on/off if you want the conversation
window (if one exists) for a contact to reflects timestamps from the remote
party logging on or off of their service.
Set Ignore unknown users if you want to ignore all messages from
Unknown users. Note that if you set this option, the Unknown group
will be hidden as well.
Set Enable multi-line chat for a multi-line input window.
When Press enter to send is not set, messages are sent with
Enter, and newlines are typed with Shift-Enter. When it is set,
messages are sent with Ctrl-Enter and newlines are typed with
Enter. This option only affects multi-line chat.
Set Timestamps on Messages to show timestamps for messages in the
This section allows you to set the servers to use for each service.
You probably do not have to change these.
If you aren't behind a firewall, set Direct Connection
set either Use HTTP Proxy
or Use SOCKS5 Proxy
and enter the
and Proxy Port
. If you are unsure of these
settings, ask your system administrator. Note: Not all services
are available through proxy, please see the README for details.
$(HOME)/.everybuddy/accounts - information about your accounts
$(HOME)/.everybuddy/contacts - contact/buddy list
$(HOME)/.everybuddy/files/ - storage of received files
$(HOME)/.everybuddy/logs/ - conversation logs
$(HOME)/.everybuddy/prefs - preferences
is in very
early stages of development, so it is not
completely stable and some features of the underlying services are not yet
If you find a bug in Everybuddy
, please send electronic mail
. Please include your operating system
and its version, the version of Everybuddy
, and the C compiler you
used to compile it.
Before sending a bug report, please verify that you have the latest
version of Everybuddy. Many bugs (major and minor) are fixed
at each release, and if yours is out of date, the problem may already
have been solved.
Bug reports that include diffs to correct them get higher priority than
those that do not.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU
General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple PLace, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA
The authors of Everybuddy
Torrey Searle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jim Duchek <email@example.com>
Rob Flynn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ben Rigas <email@example.com>
Jeramey Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jeff Miller <email@example.com>
Jared Peterson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Troy Morrison <email@example.com>
The manpage was written by Laurel Fan <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Special thanks to Mark Spencer, initial creator of GAIM, for all of the
tremendous support he has given.
Everybuddy uses the following excellent libraries:
For the MSN service, written by Shane P. Brady for EveryBuddy.
For the ICQ service, from http://www.korsoft.com/gicq/
For the Yahoo service, from http://www.unixtools/gtkyahoo/
For the AIM service, written by Torrey Searle specifically for Everybuddy.
- CONTACT LIST
- Group Chat
- BUG REPORTS
- SEE ALSO