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1Version 1.2.1:
2- Fixed proxy support.
3- Fixed stalling issues while connecting to Jabber when using the OpenSSL
4  module.
5- Fixed problem with GLib and ForkDaemon where processes didn't die when
6  the client disconnects.
7- Fixed handling of "set charset none". (Which pretty much breaks the account
8  completely in 1.2.)
9- You can now automatically identify yourself to BitlBee by setting a server
10  password in your IRC client.
11- Compatible with all crazy kinds of line endings that clients can send.
13Finished ...
15Version 1.2:
16- Added ForkDaemon mode next to the existing Daemon- and inetd modes. With
17  ForkDaemon you can run BitlBee as a stand-alone daemon and every connection
18  will run in its own process. No more need to configure inetd, and still you
19  don't get the stability problems BitlBee unfortunately still has in ordinary
20  (one-process) daemon mode.
21- Added inter-process/connection communication. This made it possible to
22  implement some IRC operator features like WALLOPs, KILL, DIE, REHASH and
23  more.
24- Added hooks for using libevent instead of GLib for event handling. This
25  should improve scalability, although this won't really be useful yet because
26  the one-process daemon mode is not reliable enough.
27- BitlBee now makes the buddy quits when doing "account off" look like a
28  netsplit. Modern IRC clients show this in a different, more compact way.
29  (This can be disabled if your client doesn't support this.)
30- GLib 1.x compatibility was dropped. BitlBee now requires GLib 2.4 or newer.
31  This allows us to use more GLib features (like the XML parser). By now GLib
32  1.x is so old that supporting it really isn't necessary anymore.
33- Many, many, MANY little changes, improvements, fixes. Using non-blocking
34  I/O as much as possible, replaced the Gaim (0.59, IOW heavily outdated)
35  API, fixed lots of little bugs (including bugs that affected daemon mode
36  stability). See the bzr logs for more information.
37- One of the user-visible changes from the API change: You can finally see
38  all away states/messages properly.
39- Added units tests. Test coverage is very minimal for now.
40- Better charset handling: Everything is just converted from/to UTF-8 right
41  in the IRC core, and charset mismatches are detected (if possible) and the
42  user is asked to resolve this before continuing. Also, UTF-8 is the default
43  setting now, since that's how the world seems to work these days.
44- One can now keep hashed passwords in bitlbee.conf instead of the cleartext
45  version.
46- Most important change: New file format for user data (accounts, nicks and
47  settings). Migration to the new format should happen transparently,
48  BitlBee will read the old files and once you quit/save it will save in the
49  new format. It is recommended to delete the old files (BitlBee doesn't do
50  this automatically, it will just ignore them) since they won't be used
51  anymore (and since the old file format is a security risk). Some advantages
52  of this file format switch:
53  * Safer format, since the identify-password is now salted before generating
54    a checksum. This way one can't use MD5 reverse lookup databases to crack
55    passwords. Also, the IM-account passwords are encrypted using RC4 instead
56    of the simple obfuscation scheme which BitlBee used so far.
57  * Easier to extend than the previous format (at least the .nicks format was
58    horribly limited).
59  * Nicknames for buddies are now saved per-account instead of per-protocol.
60    So far having one buddy on multiple accounts of the same protocol was a
61    problem because the nicks generated for the two "instances" of this buddy
62    were very unpredictable.
63    NOTE: This also means that "account del" removes not just the account,
64    BUT ALSO ALL NICKNAMES! If you're changing IM accounts and don't want to
65    lose the nicknames, you can now use "account set" to change the username
66    and password for the existing connection.
67  * Per-account settings (see the new "account set" command).
68- A brand new Jabber module. Besides the major code cleanup, it also has
69  has these new features:
70  * Pretty complete XMPP support: RFC3920, RFC3921 plus a number of XEPs
71    including XEP45, XEP73 and XEP85. (See for what all
72    these things mean exactly.) Privacy lists are not supported for obvious
73    reasons.
74  * This complete support also includes TLS and SASL support and SRV record
75    lookup. This means that specifying a server tag for connections should
76    (almost) never be necessary anymore, BitlBee can find the server and can
77    automatically convert plaintext connections to TLS-encrypted ones.
78  * XEP45: Jabber chatroom support!
79  * XEP85 means typing notifications. The older XEP22 (still used by some
80    clients including Gaim <2.0) is not supported.
81  * Better handling of buddies who have more than one resource on-line. As
82    long as one resource is on-line (and visible), BitlBee will show this.
83    (The previous module didn't keep track of resources and sent an offline
84    event as soon as any resource disappears.)
85  * You can now set your resource priority.
86  * The info command now gives away state/message information for all
87    resources available for that buddy. (Of course this only works if the
88    buddy is in your contact list.)
89  * An XML console (add xmlconsole to your contact list or see "help set
90    xmlconsole" if you want it permanently).
91- The Yahoo! module now says it supports YMSG protocol version 12, which will
92  hopefully keep the Yahoo module working after 2008-04-02 (when Yahoo! is
93  dropping support for version 6.x of their client).
94- MSN switchboard handling changes. Hopefully less messages will get lost now,
95  although things are still not perfect.
97Finished 17 Mar 2008
99Version 1.0.4:
100- Removed sethostent(), which causes problems for many people, especially on
101  *BSD. This is basically the reason for this release.
102- "allow" command actually displays the allow list, not the block list.
103- Yahoo away state/msg fix.
104- Don't display "Gender: Male" by default if nothing's filled in (OSCAR
105  "info" command)
106- Fixed account cleanup (possible infinite loop) in irc_free().
107- Fixed configdir error message to not always display the compile-time
108  setting.
110Finished 20 Aug 2007
112Version 1.0.3:
113- Fixed ugliness in block/allow list commands (still not perfect though, the
114  list is empty or not up-to-date for most protocols).
115- OSCAR module doesn't send the ICQ web-aware flag anymore, which seems to
116  get rid of a lot of ICQ spam.
117- added show_got_added(), BitlBee asks you, after authorizing someone, if you
118  want to add him/her to your list too.
119- add -tmp, mainly convenient if you want to talk to people who are not in
120  your list.
121- Fixed ISON command, should work better with irssi now.
122- Fixed compilation with tcc.
123- Fixed xinetd-file.
124- Misc. (crash)bug fixes, including one in the root command parsing that
125  caused mysterious error messages sometimes.
127Finished 24 Jun 2006 (Happy 4th birthday, BitlBee!)
129Version 1.0.2:
130- Pieces of code cleanup, fixes for possible problems in error checking.
131- Fixed an auto-reconnect cleanup problem that caused crashes in daemon mode.
132- /AWAY in daemon mode now doesn't set the away state for every connection
133  anymore.
134- Fixed a crash-bug on empty help subjects.
135- Jabber now correctly sets the current away state when connecting.
136- Added Invisible and Hidden to the away state alias list, invisible mode
137  should be pretty usable now.
138- Fixed handling of iconv(): It's now done for everything that goes between
139  BitlBee and the IRC client, instead of doing it (almost) every time
140  something goes to or come from the IM-modules. Should've thought about
141  that before. :-)
142- When cleaning up MSN switchboards with unsent msgs, it now also says which
143  contact those messages were meant for.
144- You can now use the block and allow commands to see your current block/
145  allow list.
147Finished 1 Apr 2006
149Version 1.0.1:
150- Support for AIM groupchats.
151- Improved typing notification support for at least AIM.
152- BitlBee sends a 005 reply when logging in, this informs modern IRC clients
153  of some of BitlBee's capabilities. This might also solve problems some
154  people were having with the new control channel name.
155- MSN switchboards are now properly reset when talking to a person who is
156  offline. This fixes problems with messages to MSN people that sometimes
157  didn't arrive.
158- Fixed one of the problems that made BitlBee show online Jabber people as
159  offline.
160- Fixed problems with commas in MSN passwords.
161- Added some consts for read-only data, which should make the BitlBee per-
162  process memory footprint a bit smaller.
163- Other bits of code cleanup.
165Finished 14 Jan 2006
167Version 1.0:
168- Removed some crashy debugging code.
169- QUIT command now works before logging in. (Mainly an RFC-compliancy fix.)
170- Hopefully slightly clearer handling of buddy add requests.
171- set buddy_sendbuffer_delay now also supports milisecond precision.
172- Renamed #bitlbee to &bitlbee to avoid confusion with the channel on OFTC.
173- Reviewed the xinetd file and installation instructions.
174- HTML stripping is configurable again.
175- Quit messages (at least on crashes) should appear again.
176- Cleaned up some unnecessary code in the Jabber module, and implemented
177  handlers for headline messages (which allows you to use RSS-to-Jabber
178  gateways).
179- Lowered the line splitting limit a bit to fix data loss issues.
180- The $proto($handle) format used for messages specific to one IM-connection
181  now only include the ($handle) part when there's more than one $proto-
182  connection.
183- Fix for a crash-bug on broken Jabber/SSL connections.
184- Incoming typing notifications now also come in as CTCP TYPING messages, for
185  better consistency. Don't forget to update your scripts!
186- AIM typing notifications are supported now.
187- Jabber module only accepts ports 5220-5229 now, to prevent people from
188  abusing it as a port scanner. We aren't aware of any Jabber server that
189  runs on other ports than those. If you are, please warn us.
190- Send flood protection can't be enabled anymore. It was disabled by default
191  for a good reason for some time already, but some package maintainers
192  turned it back on while it's way too unreliable and trigger-happy to be
193  used.
194- Removed TODO file, the current to-do list is always in the on-line bug
195  tracking system.
196- Fixed a potential DoS bug in input handling.
198Finished 4 Dec 2005
200Version 0.99:
201- Fixed memory initialization bug in OSCAR module that caused crashes on
202  closing the connection.
203- Most likely fixed the bug that caused BitlBee to use 100% CPU time in
204  some situations.
205- Outgoing MSN typing notifications are now understood correctly by the
206  orignal MS Mac/Windows clients (again).
207- Added "account add $protocol" to the documentation, got rid of a lot
208  of over-markup (i.e. overuse of bold-tags), reviewed some other parts.
209- Small changes to help.xsl to fix small flaws in the help.txt formatting.
210- Messaging yourself now doesn't make irssi or mIRC crash anymore.
212Finished 3 Nov 2005
214Version 0.93:
215- &quot; is now correctly converted to " instead of '.
216- Code cleanup in OSCAR module.
217- Some changes for better RFC-compliancy.
218- It's now possible to specify an alternate Jabber server.
219- bitlbee_save() now also checks the return value of fclose(), which might
220  solve more problems with lost account data.
221- Fixed a file descriptor leak in bitlbee.c.
222- Signedness fixes (mainly to keep GCC4 happy).
223- Away messages are now sent correctly to most ICQ clients.
224- BitlBee knows now which connection sends HTML, so it will strip HTML
225  automatically, "set html strip" is no longer necessary. Also, outgoing HTML
226  is escaped correctly.
227- info-command works for AIM-connections too now.
228- /notices to users will be sent as auto-away replies.
229- Messages about a connection now also mention a handle, for people who have
230  multiple accounts in use of the same protocol.
231- Examples are back in help.txt.
233Finished 31 Oct 2005
235Version 0.92:
236- Fixed some formatting issues with the help.txt XSL-sheet.
237- Moved the polling of the IRC connections to glib instead of a separate
238  select().
239- Added ctags generation to the Makefiles.
240- Sending a CTCP TYPING message to a user in your buddy list now sends a
241  typing notification to that person, if the protocol supports it. You
242  probably want to write/use a script for your IRC client to do this.
243- A dash is no longer considered a lowercase underscore in nicknames.
244- CTCP's to buddies no longer alter their private/non-private state.
245- Clean shutdown (with saving settings) on SIGTERM.
246- Fixed a crash on connecting to unreachable Jabber/SSL servers.
247- On ICQ, offline messages are now requested after receiving the buddy
248  list. This should get rid of the "Message from unknown OSCAR handle"
249  messages on login.
250- The linked list of buddies/nicks is now always sorted, which makes the
251  blist output a bit more useful.
252- Fixed a crash on renaming NickServ. (There's no reason to do this, but
253  still crashing isn't really how BitlBee should tell you that. ;-)
254- Now the message about the "new" ICQ server-side buddy lists is only
255  displayed when the server-side list is still empty.
256- The Yahoo! markup language stripper is now less likely to strip things
257  that shouldn't be stripped.
258- Working around a shortcoming in the Yahoo! cleanup code that didn't
259  cause any serious problems in previous versions, but got pretty nasty
260  (100% CPU time usage) now with everything in the glib main loop.
261- Fixed a bug in http_encode that might have caused buffer overflows
262  (although not likely to be exploitable) when trying to encode strings
263  with non-ASCII characters.
264- Fixed AIM screenname handling on ICQ connections.
265- When blocking someone, the MSN module now closes the conversation you're
266  having with him/her (if any) so he/she can't continue talking to you
267  (for as long as the conversation lasts).
268- Away messages are only sent when messaging someone outside the control
269  channel. (And now also when the user is offline instead of just away.)
270- Moved charset conversion in serv_buddy_rename() to the right place so
271  bogus changes are always detected now.
272- iso8859-1 is now the default charset because -15 caused some problems
273  and because -1 is enough for most people anyway.
274- Fixed crashes on attempting to add a buddy (or do other things) on
275  connections that are still initializing.
276- Added support for server-side notifies using the WATCH command.
277- IRC_MAX_ARGS is dead, at least for IRC commands.
278- Fixed a bug that made BitlBee crash on failing fresh MSN switchboard
279  connections.
280- Fixed an invisibility bug in the MSN code that handled transfers to
281  other servers in the middle of a session.
282- Newline stripping added to prevent newline-in-friendlyname attacks.
283  (Which allowed remote people to make BitlBee send raw custom IRC lines.)
285Finished 23 Feb 2005
287Version 0.91:
288- Full support for ICQ server-side contact lists!
289  NOTE: BitlBee now ignores your client-side contact list. If you want to
290        import your ICQ contact list, use the import_buddies command.
291- Added the import_buddies command for upgrading purposes.
292- Added support for OpenSSL.
293- Fixed one major problem with the daemon mode by getting rid of the global
294  IRC structure.
295- Documentation fixes. help.txt is now generated from XML. Also updated the
296  installation manual.
297- Made the quickstart up-to-date. (By Elizabeth Krumbach)
298- Some bitlbeed additions. (By Marcus Dennis)
299- info-command support for Jabber, MSN, Yahoo! and a more verbose info-reply
300  for ICQ. (By Frank Thieme)
301- Support for Jabber over SSL.
302- nick_get() appends a _ on duplicates instead of chopping off the last
303  character.
304- Got rid of an unused piece of code that caused crashes.
305  (oscar.c:gaim_parse_clientauto)
306- When splitting long messages into 450-char chunks, BitlBee now tries not
307  to cut off in the middle of a line.
308- Added a warning when the user specifies an unknown OSCAR server.
309- Removed GLib 2.x dependency, BitlBee will work with GLib 1.x again.
310- Improved strip_html(), now less likely to strip non-HTML things.
311- An invalid account-command will now display an error message.
312- Fixed a bug that caused crashes when /CTCP'ing a groupchat channel.
313- Hopefully better Unicode/non-ASCII support for ICQ.
314- Fixed MSN connection crash on non-ASCII characters in screenname.
315- Added some missing charset conversion calls. (serv_got_crap,
316  serv_buddy_rename)
317- "account off" without extra arguments now logs off all connections.
318- Fixed a crash-bug on disconnecting Yahoo! connections before they're fully
319  connected.
320- Fixed a bug in helpfile handling which sometimes caused crashes in daemon
321  mode.
322- block and allow commands work with just a nick as an argument again.
323- Working around a crash on some probably invalid Yahoo! packets.
324- Fixed a possible double free() on shutdown in irc_free().
325- Talking to ICQ people on AIM and vice versa and talking to people with
326 accounts now possible.
327- Low ASCII chars are now stripped from away-messages so the Jabber module
328  won't barf on BitchX and lame-script away messages anymore.
330Finished 25 Sep 2004
332Version 0.90a:
333- Fixed the Yahoo! authentication code.
335Finished 28 Jun 2004
337Version 0.90:
338- A complete rewrite of the MSN module. This gives BitlBee the following
339  new features/improvements:
340  * You can now start groupchats with MSN people without having to send them
341    a bogus message first.
342  * People who are in your MSN block/allow list, but not in your contact
343    list, shouldn't show up in your BitlBee buddy lists anymore.
344  * Passport authentication shouldn't lock up the whole program for a couple
345    of seconds anymore. Additionally, it should also work behind proxies now.
346  * Better recognition of incoming file transfers; they're now recognized
347    when coming from non-English MS Messenger clients too.
348  * Fixed a problem with MSN passwords with non-alphanumeric characters.
349  * Mail notification support (also for Yahoo!)...
350  * Parsing of maintenance messages (ie "Server is going down in x minutes").
351  * Hopefully more stability.
352- Changes in the OSCAR module:
353  * Better reading of ICQ-away-states.
354  * Lots of cleanups.
355- Yahoo! module:
356  * Fixed authentication on 64-bit machines. (Patch from Matt Rogers)
357  * Better stripping of markup tags.
358- Lots of cleanup in all IM-modules.
359- Added support for using libnss instead of libgnutls.
360- Reverse hostname lookups work on IPv6 sockets too now. (And don't crash
361  the program anymore.)
362- Fixed a little problem with identifying right after registering a nick.
363- Restored complete proxy support and added a proxy setting to the conffile.
364- BitlBee can now tell you when people in your buddy list change their
365  "friendly name".
366- Instead of an account number, you can also specify the protocol name or
367  (part of) the username as an account identification with commands like
368  "account on", "add", etc.
369- BitlBee remembers what connection a question (i.e. authorization request)
370  belongs to and cleans it up when the connection goes down; this fixes
371  (one of) the last known crash bugs.
372- Plus some other changes in question management. (The query_order setting
373  is one of them. The default behaviour changed a bit, for more information
374  please read "help set query_order".)
375- Also fixed a memory management bug in the question code which caused some
376  crashes.
377- Optimized some nick handling functions and added a hash of all the users
378  to speed up user_find() a bit (especially good for people with large
379  buddy and notify lists).
380- Lots of changes for the Win32 port (see
381- Added the drop-command.
382- Fixed small problem with versions of sed which don't support the +
383  "operator" (the BSD version, for example, even though the operator is
384  documented properly in the re_format manpage...).
385- Added the default_target setting.
386- Added a CenterICQ2BitlBee conversion script.
387- Put back the evaluator for "set charset" (which got lost somewhere between
388  0.84 and 0.85), so an incorrect charset will be rejected again.
389- ISON now (A) gives one single reply and (B) also replies when none of the
390  persons asked for are on-line.
391- Using GConv instead of iconv now.
392- Incoming messages larger than 450 characters are now split into parts
393  before sending them to the user.
394- Fixed a bug in irc_exec() which could crash the program when some commands
395  were called with too little arguments.
396- Fixed a dumb NULL pointer dereference in the JOIN command.
397- Added rate limiting to bitlbeed. (Against server hammering)
398- Added handling of CTCP PINGs (yet another self-ping used by some IRC
399  clients...)
400- Added
401- Removed the vCard handling code from Jabber because it's (A) not used and
402  (B) had a possible format string vulnerability.
403- Got rid of strcpy() in account.c. (Thanks to NETRIC for reporting these two
404  problems.)
405- ISO8859-15 is now the default charset.
407Finished 21 May 2004
409Version 0.85a:
410- Fixed an authentication problem with logging into some MSN accounts.
411- Removed a non-critical warning message from the ICQ servers when logging
412  in with an empty contact list.
413- Fixed reading the [defaults] section of bitlbee.conf.
414- The last newline in outgoing messages when using the buddy_sendbuffer is
415  now removed correctly.
416- Yahoo! colour/font tag stripping now actually works.
417- Fixed compilation on *BSD and some Linux architectures.
419Finished 24 Mar 2004
421Version 0.85:
422- Users can specify alternate configuration files/directories at runtime
423  now.
424- Rename now doesn't choke on name changes with only case changes anymore.
425- Imported the daemon patch into the main source tree. The daemon mode is
426  still experimental, this just eases maintenance. This daemon patch brings
427  a lot of features, including (as the name says) a real daemon mode and
428  also buffering of the data sent to the user, and flood protection.
429- Strips font and colour codes from Yahoo! messages.
430- Support for groupchats on Yahoo!
431- Fixed removing Yahoo! buddies from a different group than "Buddies".
432- Jabber presence packets with error messages are interpreted correctly now.
433  (They used to be parsed as a signin.)
434- bitlbee_save() checks return values from fprintf() and writes to tempfiles
435  first to make sure no old files get lost when there's a write error.
436- ICQ buddies are added all at once instead of once at a time. This should
437  solve problems with huge buddy lists.
438- Made the client pinging timings configurable. (Without requiring
439  recompilation)
440- MSN and Yahoo flag the connection as "wants_to_die" when they're logged
441  off because of a concurrent login. This means reconnection will be disabled
442  on concurrent logins.
443- BitlBee can now buffer the messages sent to someone before they're actually
444  sent, and wait for a specified number of seconds for more lines to be added
445  to the buffer before the message will really be sent.
446- Renamed the reconnect_delay setting to auto_reconnect_delay.
447- Unknown settings aren't saved anymore.
449Finished 13 Mar 2004
451Version 0.84:
452- Removed the libsoup dependency.
453- Fixed AuthMode=Registered: It will now restore your accounts when
454  identifying.
455- Fixed Yahoo! support.
456- Fixed a little memory leak in user.c.
457- Fixed a security bug in unused code in proxy.c, only people who use
458  the HTTP proxy support and an untrusted proxy might need this. We
459  haven't done an emergency release for this fix because proxy support
460  is disabled by default.
461- Fixed some memory leaks in IM-code.
463Finished 13 Feb 2004
465Version 0.83:
466- Fixed a crash bug on connecting to unsupported accounts.
467- Fixed a problem with connecting to MSN accounts with empty buddy
468  lists.
469- Fixed another inifite-loop bug in nick_get() and added a piece
470  of code which detects the infinite loop and asks the user to send
471  a bug report.
472- Fixed iconv-Solaris linking issues.
473- Fixed all the problems with spaces in AIM screennames now, we hope.
474- Fixed a buffer overflow in the nick handling code. Buffers are
475  overflowed with static data (nulls), so we don't think it's exploitable.
476- Added server-client pinging, useful for remote servers.
477- Added the hostname setting.
478- Some bitlbeed changes.
479- Added a little part to the on-line quickstart about the settings and
480  other help topics, this hopefully answers a lot of FAQ's.
481- Fixed the signal handler to re-raise the signal after the handler quits.
482  This makes sure the default handler is called after our handler sends
483  the user a bye-message, so core dumps are created and the parent will
484  get more useful information back from wait().
485- Added support for ICQ URL messages.
486- Fixed strip_html() behaviour on unknown &entities;.
487- Fixed a possible problem with Yahoo!
488- Fixed a problem with logging into more than one MSN account at once.
490Finished 31 Dec 2003
492Version 0.82:
493- Fixed a little bug in nick.c which could cause a complete hang for
494  some tricky buddylists. (Thanks to Geert Hauwaerts for helping with
495  fixing this bug)
496- Fixed MSN support. (Lots of thanks to Wouter Paesen!)
497- Removed the old login/logout commands.
498- Added the qlist command.
499- Fixed a buffer overflow in the nick checking code. (Thanks to Jon
500  Åslund for pointing us at this problem)
501- Adds the add_private and add_channel options for set handle_unknown.
502- Some documentation updates.
503- Added two small utilities to encode/decode BitlCrypted files.
505Finished 31 Oct 2003
507Version 0.81a:
508- This version just fixes some small things we should've fixed before
509  releasing 0.81:
510- Fixed a small bug in the auto-reconnect cleanup code.
511- Fixed the Makefile: Now it doesn't just overwrite your etc files when
512  installing.
513- Fixed the Makefile: $prefix/etc/bitlbee/ is the default etcdir now.
514- Disabling MSN by default, now that it doesn't work. It'll be back on
515  as soon as we get the module working again.
517Finished 16 Oct 2003
519Version 0.81:
520- Added a configuration file.
521- Added support for the PASS command to restrict access to the daemon to
522  only the people who know this password.
523- Only allowing registered people to use the daemon is possible too.
524- In case you, at some time, need to check the currently running BitlBee
525  version, just CTCP-VERSION someone in the channel.
526- Added the auto_connect setting for people who don't want the program
527  to connect to IM-networks automatically.
528- Extended the blist command.
529- Applied the auto-reconnect patch from G-Lite.
530- Applied the iconv patch from Yuri Pimenov.
531- Imported the MSN-friendlyname patch from Wouter Paesen.
532- Away-message aliasing code now just parses the beginning of the string,
533  not the whole string. This allows you to have a more descriptive away
534  message like "Busy - Fixing bugs in BitlBee" and all the IM connections
535  will have a busy-like away-state.
536- Added some information about away states to the help system.
537- MSN file transfers aren't silently ignored anymore.
538- Integrated the Yahoo protocol fix from Cerulean Studios (Trillian).
539  (Thanks to Tony Perrie!)
540- Made all protocol plugins optional. (Patch from Andrej Kacian/Ticho)
542Finished 15 Oct 2003
544Version 0.80:
545- Fixed a very stupid bug in the MSN away-state reading.
546- nick_cmp() now actually works, RFC-compliant.
547- Fixed and cleaned up the away-state handling, there were some very
548  weird things in the original Gaim code base which broke this completely
549  all the time.
550- The daemon prevents you from using root/NickServ as your nick now,
551  previous versions crashed on that.
552- At last ... GROUP CHAT SUPPORT! :-D
553- People who are *not* away get mode +v in #bitlbee now, so you can see
554  in /names who's away and who's not.
555- Crashing BitlBee by using the NICKSERV command without any arguments
556  is impossible now.
557- Added some notes about Darwin/OSX portability.
558- Separated connections from accounts. This means restoring a lost
559  connection can be done using a simple "account on <number>" command.
560  See "help account" for more information.
561  *** For now this won't cause problems when upgrading because the login
562  command still exists (as an alias for "account add"). This alias will
563  not stay forever, though.
564- irc_process() now makes sure it reads the whole available buffer before
565  executing the commands. Previous versions were very bad at handling
566  long floods from non-floodprotected clients. The code is still not
567  perfect, but good enough for local links.
568- Allow/Deny questions from msn.c now also mention your own screenname.
569  This is useful for people who run two (or even more) MSN accounts in
570  one BitlBee.
571- Fixed a little bug in the helpfile-changed-check code.
572- A little trick in "make install" makes sure the help function in running
573  sessions doesn't break while upgrading.
574- Added a nifty (and editable) MOTD.
575- Added IRIX to the compatibility list.
576- Added support for Cygwin.
577- Better HTML-stripping, it also handles &entities; correctly now.
578- Fixed some problems to make it compile on Solaris.
579- Added support for messages from Miranda/Mac ICQ. (Code port from Gaim 0.59)
580- Fixed the crash problem when removing yahoo buddies.
581- Added the handle_unknown setting.
582- Did some editing on a few docs.
583- Added a FAQ.
584- Added the daemon-patch by Maurits Dijkstra which adds stand-alone daemon
585  support to BitlBee.
586- Jabber now doesn't barf on high ASCII characters in away messages anymore.
587  (Thanks to Christian Häggström <>)
589Finished 24 Jun 2003
591Version 0.74a:
592- The music-festivals-are-bad-for-your-mind release.
593- This one actually contains the fix for the bug 0.74 claimed to have.
595Finished 11 Jun 2003
597Version 0.74:
598- Fixed a security leak, where using a / in the nickname causes the saved
599  settings and account information to be stored in undesirable places.
601Finished 10 Jun 2003
603Version 0.73:
604- Fixed the unable-to-remove-icq-users (actually users from any *local*
605  contact list) bug.
606- Fixed away bug in aim protocol.
607- Fixed the 'statistics' under the blist command output.
608- Removed the commands from the XML documentation because they're 'on-line'
609  already.
610- Added some signal handling; ignoring SIGPIPE should als get rid of some
611  crashes (for some weird reason this has to be done). Also, crashes because
612  of things like segfaults are a bit more verbose now. ;-)
613- Changed the select() timeout in main(), this might improve some latencies.
614  (At leasts it speeds up signing on (especially for ICQ) a lot!)
615- Made the own-QUIT messages more compliant, probably.
616- Fixed some memory-bugs, thanks to valgrind.
617- irc_write() now checks the write() return value, and tries to send the rest
618  of the string, if it could not write it completely the first time.
619- Hostname lookups also work on NetBSD now.
620  (Thanks to David.Edmondson*sun*com (hi spambot))
621- At last, a new protocol. Welcome to ... YAHOO!
622- Documentation and code cleanup. Somehow the helpfile documented register
623  and identify twice, now that's what I call over-documenting.. :-/
624- Added the rename command to the helpfile, somehow I forgot that one.
625- Been a bit pedantic about compiler warnings. They're all dead now.
626- Fixed a small Makefile problem which gave an error when a clean tree was
627  "made distclean"
628- Fixed a (possible) memory leak in nogaim.c:proto_away()
629- Fixed the way proto_away() calls proto_away_alias_find(), now it gives
630  the *whole* list of away states
631- proto_away() doesn't give a NULL message anymore because AIM didn't like
632  that
633- Got rid of the last goto in my code (without ruining the code)
634- Created a more samba-like compiling process (without the complete command
635  lines, just a simple echo)
636- "help set ops" works now too, without quoting the "set ops"
637- Trying to log in with a protocol without a prpl (ICQ and TOC, for example)
638  made previous versions crash
640Finished 13 Apr 2003
642Version 0.72:
643- Updated the documentation.
644- Improved the MSN friendlyname code. (Although it doesn't seem to be perfect
645  yet..)
646- info-command added to get more information about ICQ users.
647- blist-command added to get a complete buddy list.
648- Fixed a bug which broke the AIM code when adding a screenname with a space
649  in it.
650- Added the NS alias for the NICKSERV command (Tony Vroon).
651- Fixed the USERHOST command implementation (Tony Vroon).
652- /me from IM-networks is now converted to a CTCP ACTION correctly.
653- Added an utils/ directory with some misc toys and handy things.
654- Added a /notice to the on_typing event. Don't use it though, the /notice
655  flood will just be a big annoyance. ;-)
656- Some people like root and themself to be ops, some don't. Now it's
657  configurable. (set ops)
658- Now the umode stuff actually works. Next step: Use those modes... (How?)
660Finished 19 Dec 2002
662Version 0.71:
663- Fixed the help command output layout (alignment)
664- Added a sample xinetd file
665- Cleaned up, 0.70 released with a build-stamp and DEADJOE file (oops)..
666- Messages can be sent like '<user>, <message>' in the control channel now,
667  instead of just '<user>: <message>'
668- Added a debug setting boolean: Set it to true for some debugging crap
669  which used to be on by default..
670- Changed the /whois reply: In the server section you now see the
671  connection this user belongs to.
672- Added some root/permission checks.
673- configure script works correctly when the terminating / is forgotten for
674  a directory.
675- Fixed format string bug in protocols/oscar/meta.c (Hmm, what's the use of
676  that file?)
677- Added '#include "crypting.h"' to commands.c to get rid of stupid warnings
678- Fixed crash-bug (SIGSEGV when adding an @-less contact to MSN/Jabber)
679- Added to_char setting
680- Fixed bug in set.c: It ignored the new value returned by the evaluator
681  :-(
682- Removed protocol tag from 'hostname' in user hostmask because this info
683  is in /whois' server section now
684- Added the GPL. Somehow 0.7 released without a COPYING file.. :-/
685- Enhanced the root_command() parser, you can 'quote' "arguments" now so
686  arguments can be strings with spaces
687- Debugging versions have True as the default value for set debug
688- NICKSERV is now an alternative for PRIVMSG root. This does not affect
689  functionality of current NICKSERV commands, but does allow people to just
690  do identify <pass> in channel.
691- NICKSERV REGISTER now doesn't try to log you in (to check if the user
692  exists) but checks for the existence of the user-configuration files.
693- NICKSERV SET password now works (as does set password in channel). This
694  makes changing your password possible.
695- NICKSERV password now stored in irc_t.
696- ./configure now only bugs you about possible problems with strip if it's
697  actually going to strip (wooohoooo! _sexy_ :)
698- Fixed a load of warnings in oscar.c, irc.c, nick.c and set.c
699- Split up root_command() into a version which eats raw strings and one
700  which eats split strings
701- New help system: Help available for most (all?) commands, all read from
702  an external help-file.
703- Changed the maximum message length in irc_usermsg() from IRC_MAX_LINE to
704  1024 (for loooong help messages..).
705- Only allow user to set supported umodes.
706- Fixed a memory leak in crypting.c (Thanks to Erik Hensema.)
707- Added a send_handler callback to user_t. Needed for the following entry:
708- Added the NickServ user as a root-clone.
709- Disabled tcpd by default because it's just a PITA for a lot of systems
710  and because you can use /usr/sbin/tcpd as well.
711- The root user can be renamed now.
713Finished 16 Sep 2002
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