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1Frequently Asked Questions about BitlBee
4Well, maybe not exactly "Frequently", but definitely "Asked" ... mostly by
5the developers :-)
7Q: WTH were you guys on when you thought of that _weird_ name?
8A: Though we live in The Netherlands and one of us even lives in Amsterdam,
9   we're not on drugs ... most of the time.
11Q: Okay, so the cops are so evil there, you can't even admit the truth, but
12   WTH does BitlBee mean then?
13A: There are a few explanations. But the most symbolical goes like: the two
14   colors of the bee symbolize the two worlds betwee which the Bee flies. On
15   the one hand there's the IM-networks, on the other is IRC.
17   Truth be told, it's absolute nonsense. The biggest nutcase in the
18   development team just played around with words for half an hour or so.
19   BitlBee was the result. We liked it, we kept it. We lovingly shorten it
20   to "the Bee" or even "het Bijtje" (Dutch for "the little Bee") sometimes.
22Q: What is 'root' doing in my control channel? I didn't start the Bee as
23   root.
24A: 'root' is just the name for the most powerful user in BitlBee. Just like
25   in the system, it is root who is the ... eh ... root of the
26   functionality. Luckily, in BitlBee, root follows your orders (mostly), so
27   no BOFHs there.
29   We get some complaints from time to time that 'root' is a confusing name.
30   Because of that name, some package maintainers have renamed root to, for
31   example, BitlBee. We recognize that some people see that need. If the
32   package maintainer hasn't renamed root, you can do this yourself with the
33   'rename' command.
35   The name root is not likely to change in the 'official' releases, though.
36   We find the metaphor of root correct and feel that there is no important
37   (security threatening) reason to change this non-creative piece of
38   artistic creativity.
40Q: When is $random_feature going to be implemented?
41A: It depends on the feature. We keep a list of all wishlist "bugs" in our
42   Bug Tracking system at
44Q: The messages I send and/or receive look weird. I see weird characters and
45   annoying HTML codes. Or, BitlBee does evil things when I send messages with
46   non-ASCII characters!
47A: You probably have to change some settings. To get rid of HTML in messages,
48   see "help set html". If you seem to have problems with your charset, see
49   "help set charset".
51Q: Is BitlBee forked from Gaim?
52A: BitlBee 0.7 was, sort-of. It contained a lot of code from Gaim 0.58
53   (mainly the IM-code), although heavily modified, to make it work better
54   with BitlBee. We were planning to keep BitlBee up-to-date with later Gaim
55   versions, but this turned out to be very time-consuming because the API
56   changed a lot, and we don't have the time to keep up with those changes
57   all the time.
59   These days, we replaced the Yahoo! code with libyahoo2 (which is a
60   separate Yahoo! module. It's derived from Gaim, but separately
61   maintained) and wrote our own MSN module. More modules are probably going
62   to be changed, so in the near future, the API might be the only thing
63   left from Gaim.
65Q: What's that Gaim doing in BitlBee error messages and my Jabber resource?
66A: Ah, well, as you probably know we use some of Gaim's IM-modules, and we
67   don't think it's worth our time to do a search-and-replace over the whole
68   source to get rid of every reference to Gaim. In fact, we don't want to,
69   since we don't want to pretend we wrote all that code.
71   About Jabber: If you want a different resource string, you can set it
72   when logging in by appending it to your Jabber ID, like:
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