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1<chapter id="commands">
2        <title>Bitlbee commands</title>
4        <command-list/>
6        <bitlbee-command name="account">
7                <short-description>IM-account list maintenance</short-description>
8                <syntax>account &lt;action&gt; [&lt;arguments&gt;]</syntax>
10                <description>
12                        <para>
13                                Available actions: add, del, list, on, off and set. See <emphasis>help account &lt;action&gt;</emphasis> for more information.
14                        </para>
16                </description>
18                <bitlbee-command name="add">
19                        <syntax>account add &lt;protocol&gt; &lt;username&gt; &lt;password&gt;</syntax>
21                        <description>
22                                <para>
23                                        Adds an account on the given server with the specified protocol, username and password to the account list. Supported protocols right now are: Jabber, MSN, OSCAR (AIM/ICQ) and Yahoo. For more information about adding an account, see <emphasis>help account add &lt;protocol&gt;</emphasis>.
24                                </para>
25                        </description>
27                        <bitlbee-command name="jabber">
28                                <syntax>account add jabber &lt;handle@server.tld&gt; &lt;password&gt;</syntax>
30                                <description>
31                                        <para>
32                                                The handle should be a full handle, including the domain name. You can specify a servername if necessary. Normally BitlBee doesn't need this though, since it's able to find out the server by doing DNS SRV lookups.
33                                        </para>
35                                        <para>
36                                                In previous versions it was also possible to specify port numbers and/or SSL in the server tag. This is deprecated and should now be done using the <emphasis>account set</emphasis> command. This also applies to specifying a resource in the handle (like <emphasis></emphasis>).
37                                        </para>
38                                </description>
39                        </bitlbee-command>
41                        <bitlbee-command name="msn">
42                                <syntax>account add msn &lt;handle@server.tld&gt; &lt;password&gt;</syntax>
44                                <description>
45                                        <para>
46                                                For MSN connections there are no special arguments.
47                                        </para>
48                                </description>
49                        </bitlbee-command>
51                        <bitlbee-command name="oscar">
52                                <syntax>account add oscar &lt;handle&gt; &lt;password&gt;</syntax>
54                                <description>
55                                        <para>
56                                                OSCAR is the protocol used to connect to AIM and/or ICQ. The servers will automatically detect if you're using a numeric or non-numeric username so there's no need to tell which network you want to connect to.
57                                        </para>
58                                </description>
60                                <ircexample>
61                                        <ircline nick="wilmer">account add oscar 72696705 hobbelmeeuw</ircline>
62                                        <ircline nick="root">Account successfully added</ircline>
63                                </ircexample>
64                        </bitlbee-command>
66                        <bitlbee-command name="yahoo">
67                                <syntax>account add yahoo &lt;handle&gt; &lt;password&gt;</syntax>
69                                <description>
70                                        <para>
71                                                For Yahoo! connections there are no special arguments.
72                                        </para>
73                                </description>
74                        </bitlbee-command>
76                </bitlbee-command>
78                <bitlbee-command name="del">
79                        <syntax>account del &lt;account id&gt;</syntax>
81                        <description>
82                                <para>
83                                        This commands deletes an account from your account list. You should signoff the account before deleting it.
84                                </para>
87                                <para>
88                                        The account ID can be a number (see <emphasis>account list</emphasis>), the protocol name or (part of) the screenname, as long as it matches only one connection.
89                                </para>
90                        </description>
91                </bitlbee-command>
93                <bitlbee-command name="on">
94                        <syntax>account on [&lt;account id&gt;]</syntax>
96                        <description>
97                                <para>
98                                        This command will try to log into the specified account. If no account is specified, BitlBee will log into all the accounts that have the auto_connect flag set.
99                                </para>
101                                <para>
102                                        The account ID can be a number (see <emphasis>account list</emphasis>), the protocol name or (part of) the screenname, as long as it matches only one connection.
103                                </para>
104                        </description>
106                </bitlbee-command>
108                <bitlbee-command name="off">
109                        <syntax>account off [&lt;account id&gt;]</syntax>
111                        <description>
112                                <para>
113                                        This command disconnects the connection for the specified account. If no account is specified, BitlBee will deactivate all active accounts and cancel all pending reconnects.
114                                </para>
116                                <para>
117                                        The account ID can be a number (see <emphasis>account list</emphasis>), the protocol name or (part of) the screenname, as long as it matches only one connection.
118                                </para>
119                        </description>
120                </bitlbee-command>
122                <bitlbee-command name="list">
123                        <syntax>account list</syntax>
125                        <description>
126                                <para>
127                                        This command gives you a list of all the accounts known by BitlBee.
128                                </para>
129                        </description>
130                </bitlbee-command>
132                <bitlbee-command name="set">
133                        <syntax>account set &lt;account id&gt;</syntax>
134                        <syntax>account set &lt;account id&gt;/&lt;setting&gt;</syntax>
135                        <syntax>account set &lt;account id&gt;/&lt;setting&gt; &lt;value&gt;</syntax>
136                        <syntax>account set -del &lt;account id&gt;/&lt;setting&gt;</syntax>
138                        <description>
139                                <para>
140                                        This command can be used to change various settings for IM accounts. For all protocols, this command can be used to change the handle or the password BitlBee uses to log in and if it should be logged in automatically. Some protocols have additional settings. You can see the settings available for a connection by typing <emphasis>account set &lt;account id&gt;</emphasis>.
141                                </para>
143                                <para>
144                                        For more infomation about a setting, see <emphasis>help set &lt;setting&gt;</emphasis>.
145                                </para>
147                                <para>
148                                        The account ID can be a number (see <emphasis>account list</emphasis>), the protocol name or (part of) the screenname, as long as it matches only one connection.
149                                </para>
150                        </description>
151                </bitlbee-command>
152        </bitlbee-command>
154        <bitlbee-command name="chat">
155                <short-description>Chatroom list maintenance</short-description>
156                <syntax>chat &lt;action&gt; [&lt;arguments&gt;]</syntax>
158                <description>
160                        <para>
161                                Available actions: add, del, list, with and set. See <emphasis>help chat &lt;action&gt;</emphasis> for more information.
162                        </para>
164                </description>
166                <bitlbee-command name="add">
167                        <syntax>chat add &lt;account&gt; &lt;room&gt; [&lt;channel&gt;]</syntax>
169                        <description>
170                                <para>
171                                        Add a chatroom to the list of chatrooms you're interested in. BitlBee needs this list to map room names to a proper IRC channel name.
172                                </para>
174                                <para>
175                                        After adding a room to your list, you can simply use the IRC /join command to enter the room. Also, you can tell BitlBee to automatically join the room when you log in. (See <emphasis>chat set</emphasis>)
176                                </para>
178                                <para>
179                                        Password-protected rooms work exactly like on IRC, by passing the password as an extra argument to /join.
180                                </para>
181                        </description>
183                </bitlbee-command>
185                <bitlbee-command name="del">
186                        <syntax>chat del &lt;chat id&gt;</syntax>
188                        <description>
189                                <para>
190                                        This commands deletes an chatroom from your list.
191                                </para>
193                                <para>
194                                        The room ID can be a number (see <emphasis>chat list</emphasis>), or (part of) the name of the room/channel.
195                                </para>
196                        </description>
197                </bitlbee-command>
199                <bitlbee-command name="list">
200                        <syntax>chat list</syntax>
202                        <description>
203                                <para>
204                                        This command gives you a list of all the chatrooms known by BitlBee.
205                                </para>
206                        </description>
207                </bitlbee-command>
209                <bitlbee-command name="with">
210                        <syntax>chat with &lt;nickname&gt;</syntax>
212                        <description>
213                                <para>
214                                        While most <emphasis>chat</emphasis> subcommands are about named chatrooms, this command can be used to open an unnamed groupchat with one or more persons. This command is what <emphasis>/join #nickname</emphasis> used to do in older BitlBee versions.
215                                </para>
216                        </description>
217                </bitlbee-command>
219                <bitlbee-command name="set">
220                        <syntax>chat set &lt;chat id&gt;</syntax>
221                        <syntax>chat set &lt;chat id&gt;/&lt;setting&gt;</syntax>
222                        <syntax>chat set &lt;chat id&gt;/&lt;setting&gt; &lt;value&gt;</syntax>
223                        <syntax>chat set -del &lt;chat id&gt;/&lt;setting&gt;</syntax>
225                        <description>
226                                <para>
227                                        This command can be used to change various settings for chatrooms.
228                                </para>
230                                <para>
231                                        For more infomation about a setting, see <emphasis>help set &lt;setting&gt;</emphasis>.
232                                </para>
234                                <para>
235                                        The room ID can be a number (see <emphasis>chat list</emphasis>), or (part of) the name of the room/channel.
236                                </para>
237                        </description>
238                </bitlbee-command>
239        </bitlbee-command>
241        <bitlbee-command name="add">
242                <short-description>Add a buddy to your contact list</short-description>
243                <syntax>add &lt;connection&gt; &lt;handle&gt; [&lt;nick&gt;]</syntax>
244                <syntax>add -tmp &lt;connection&gt; &lt;handle&gt; [&lt;nick&gt;]</syntax>
246                <description>
247                        <para>
248                                Adds the given buddy at the specified connection to your buddy list. The account ID can be a number (see <emphasis>account list</emphasis>), the protocol name or (part of) the screenname, as long as it matches only one connection.
249                        </para>
251                        <para>
252                                If you want, you can also tell BitlBee what nick to give the new contact. The -tmp option adds the buddy to the internal BitlBee structures only, not to the real contact list (like done by <emphasis>set handle_unknown add</emphasis>). This allows you to talk to people who are not in your contact list. This normally won't show you any presence notifications.
253                        </para>
254                </description>
256                <ircexample>
257                        <ircline nick="ctrlsoft">add 3 grijp</ircline>
258                        <ircaction nick="grijp" hostmask="">has joined <emphasis>&amp;bitlbee</emphasis></ircaction>
259                </ircexample>
260        </bitlbee-command>
262        <bitlbee-command name="info">
263                <short-description>Request user information</short-description>
264                <syntax>info &lt;connection&gt; &lt;handle&gt;</syntax>
265                <syntax>info &lt;nick&gt;</syntax>
267                <description>
268                        <para>
269                                Requests IM-network-specific information about the specified user. The amount of information you'll get differs per protocol. For some protocols (ATM Yahoo! and MSN) it'll give you an URL which you can visit with a normal web browser to get the information.
270                        </para>
271                </description>
273                <ircexample>
274                        <ircline nick="ctrlsoft">info 0 72696705</ircline>
275                        <ircline nick="root">User info - UIN: 72696705   Nick: Lintux   First/Last name: Wilmer van der Gaast   E-mail:</ircline>
276                </ircexample>
278        </bitlbee-command>
280        <bitlbee-command name="remove">
281                <short-description>Remove a buddy from your contact list</short-description>
282                <syntax>remove &lt;nick&gt;</syntax>
284                <description>
285                        <para>
286                                Removes the specified nick from your buddy list.
287                        </para>
288                </description>
290                <ircexample>
291                        <ircline nick="ctrlsoft">remove gryp</ircline>
292                        <ircaction nick="gryp" hostmask="">has quit <emphasis>[Leaving...]</emphasis></ircaction>
293                </ircexample>
295        </bitlbee-command>
297        <bitlbee-command name="block">
298                <short-description>Block someone</short-description>
299                <syntax>block &lt;nick&gt;</syntax>
300                <syntax>block &lt;connection&gt; &lt;handle&gt;</syntax>
301                <syntax>block &lt;connection&gt;</syntax>
303                <description>
304                        <para>
305                                Puts the specified user on your ignore list. Either specify the user's nick when you have him/her in your contact list or a connection number and a user handle.
306                        </para>
308                        <para>
309                                When called with only a connection specification as an argument, the command displays the current block list for that connection.
310                        </para>
311                </description>
312        </bitlbee-command>
314        <bitlbee-command name="allow">
315                <short-description>Unblock someone</short-description>
316                <syntax>allow &lt;nick&gt;</syntax>
317                <syntax>allow &lt;connection&gt; &lt;handle&gt;</syntax>
319                <description>
320                        <para>
321                                Reverse of block. Unignores the specified user or user handle on specified connection.
322                        </para>
324                        <para>
325                                When called with only a connection specification as an argument, the command displays the current allow list for that connection.
326                        </para>
327                </description>
328        </bitlbee-command>
330        <bitlbee-command name="set">
331                <short-description>Miscellaneous settings</short-description>
332                <syntax>set</syntax>
333                <syntax>set &lt;variable&gt;</syntax>
334                <syntax>set &lt;variable&gt; &lt;value&gt;</syntax>
335                <syntax>set -del &lt;variable&gt;</syntax>
337                <description>
339                        <para>
340                                Without any arguments, this command lists all the set variables. You can also specify a single argument, a variable name, to get that variable's value. To change this value, specify the new value as the second argument. With <emphasis>-del</emphasis> you can reset a setting to its default value.
341                        </para>
343                        <para>
344                                To get more help information about a setting, try:
345                        </para>
347                </description>
349                <ircexample>
350                        <ircline nick="ctrlsoft">help set private</ircline>
351                </ircexample>
353        </bitlbee-command>
355        <bitlbee-command name="help">
356                <short-description>BitlBee help system</short-description>
358                <syntax>help [subject]</syntax>
360                <description>
361                        <para>
362                                This command gives you the help information you're reading right now. If you don't give any arguments, it'll give a short help index.
363                        </para>
364                </description>
365        </bitlbee-command>
367        <bitlbee-command name="save">
368                <short-description>Save your account data</short-description>
369                <syntax>save</syntax>
371                <description>
372                        <para>
373                                This command saves all your nicks and accounts immediately. Handy if you have the autosave functionality disabled, or if you don't trust the program's stability... ;-)
374                        </para>
375                </description>
376        </bitlbee-command>
378        <bitlbee-setting name="auto_connect" type="boolean" scope="both">
379                <default>true</default>
381                <description>
382                        <para>
383                                With this option enabled, when you identify BitlBee will automatically connect to your accounts, with this disabled it will not do this.
384                        </para>
386                        <para>
387                                This setting can also be changed for specific accounts using the <emphasis>account set</emphasis> command. (However, these values will be ignored if the global <emphasis>auto_connect</emphasis> setting is disabled!)
388                        </para>
389                </description>
390        </bitlbee-setting>
392        <bitlbee-setting name="auto_join" type="boolean" scope="chat">
393                <default>false</default>
395                <description>
396                        <para>
397                                With this option enabled, BitlBee will automatically join this chatroom when you log in.
398                        </para>
399                </description>
400        </bitlbee-setting>
402        <bitlbee-setting name="auto_reconnect" type="boolean" scope="both">
403                <default>false</default>
405                <description>
406                        <para>
407                                If an IM-connections breaks, you're supposed to bring it back up yourself. Having BitlBee do this automatically might not always be a good idea, for several reasons. If you want the connections to be restored automatically, you can enable this setting.
408                        </para>
410                        <para>
411                                See also the <emphasis>auto_reconnect_delay</emphasis> setting.
412                        </para>
414                        <para>
415                                This setting can also be changed for specific accounts using the <emphasis>account set</emphasis> command. (However, these values will be ignored if the global <emphasis>auto_reconnect</emphasis> setting is disabled!)
416                        </para>
417                </description>
418        </bitlbee-setting>
420        <bitlbee-setting name="auto_reconnect_delay" type="string" scope="global">
421                <default>5*3&lt;900</default>
423                <description>
424                        <para>
425                                Tell BitlBee after how many seconds it should attempt to bring a broken IM-connection back up.
426                        </para>
428                        <para>
429                                This can be one integer, for a constant delay. One can also set it to something like &quot;10*10&quot;, which means wait for ten seconds on the first reconnect, multiply it by ten on every failure. Once successfully connected, this delay is re-set to the initial value. With &lt; you can give a maximum delay.
430                        </para>
432                        <para>
433                                See also the <emphasis>auto_reconnect</emphasis> setting.
434                        </para>
435                </description>
436        </bitlbee-setting>
438        <bitlbee-setting name="away" type="string" scope="both">
439                <description>
440                        <para>
441                                To mark yourself as away, it is recommended to just use <emphasis>/away</emphasis>, like on normal IRC networks. If you want to mark yourself as away on only one IM network, you can use this per-account setting.
442                        </para>
444                        <para>
445                                You can set it to any value and BitlBee will try to map it to the most appropriate away state for every open IM connection, or set it as a free-form away message where possible.
446                        </para>
448                        <para>
449                                Any per-account away setting will override globally set away states. To un-set the setting, use <emphasis>set -del away</emphasis>.
450                        </para>
451                </description>
452        </bitlbee-setting>
454        <bitlbee-setting name="away_devoice" type="boolean" scope="global">
455                <default>true</default>
457                <description>
458                        <para>
459                                With this option enabled, the root user devoices people when they go away (just away, not offline) and gives the voice back when they come back. You might dislike the voice-floods you'll get if your contact list is huge, so this option can be disabled.
460                        </para>
461                </description>
462        </bitlbee-setting>
464        <bitlbee-setting name="buddy_sendbuffer" type="boolean" scope="global">
465                <default>false</default>
467                <description>
468                        <para>
469                                By default, when you send a message to someone, BitlBee forwards this message to the user immediately. When you paste a large number of lines, the lines will be sent in separate messages, which might not be very nice to read. If you enable this setting, BitlBee will buffer your messages and wait for more data.
470                        </para>
472                        <para>
473                                Using the <emphasis>buddy_sendbuffer_delay</emphasis> setting you can specify the number of seconds BitlBee should wait for more data before the complete message is sent.
474                        </para>
476                        <para>
477                                Please note that if you remove a buddy from your list (or if the connection to that user drops) and there's still data in the buffer, this data will be lost. BitlBee will not try to send the message to the user in those cases.
478                        </para>
479                </description>
480        </bitlbee-setting>
482        <bitlbee-setting name="buddy_sendbuffer_delay" type="integer" scope="global">
483                <default>200</default>
485                <description>
487                        <para>
488                                Tell BitlBee after how many (mili)seconds a buffered message should be sent. Values greater than 5 will be interpreted as miliseconds, 5 and lower as seconds.
489                        </para>
491                        <para>
492                                See also the <emphasis>buddy_sendbuffer</emphasis> setting.
493                        </para>
494                </description>
495        </bitlbee-setting>
497        <bitlbee-setting name="charset" type="string" scope="global">
498                <default>utf-8</default>
499                <possible-values>you can get a list of all possible values by doing 'iconv -l' in a shell</possible-values>
501                <description>
502                        <para>
503                                This setting tells BitlBee what your IRC client sends and expects. It should be equal to the charset setting of your IRC client if you want to be able to send and receive non-ASCII text properly.
504                        </para>
506                        <para>
507                                Most systems use UTF-8 these days. On older systems, an iso8859 charset may work better. For example, iso8859-1 is the best choice for most Western countries. You can try to find what works best for you on
508                        </para>
509                </description>
511        </bitlbee-setting>
513        <bitlbee-setting name="control_channel" type="string" scope="global">
514                <default>&amp;bitlbee</default>
516                <description>
517                        <para>
518                                Normally the control channel where you can see all your contacts is called "&amp;bitlbee". If you don't like this name, you can rename it to anything else using the <emphasis>rename</emphasis> command, or by changing this setting.
519                        </para>
520                </description>
521        </bitlbee-setting>
523        <bitlbee-setting name="debug" type="boolean" scope="global">
524                <default>false</default>
526                <description>
527                        <para>
528                                Some debugging messages can be sent to the control channel if you wish. They're probably not really useful for you, unless you're doing some development on BitlBee.
529                        </para>
530                </description>
531        </bitlbee-setting>
533        <bitlbee-setting name="default_target" type="string" scope="global">
534                <default>root</default>
535                <possible-values>root, last</possible-values>
537                <description>
538                        <para>
539                                With this value set to <emphasis>root</emphasis>, lines written in the control channel without any nickname in front of them will be interpreted as commands. If you want BitlBee to send those lines to the last person you addressed in the control channel, set this to <emphasis>last</emphasis>.
540                        </para>
541                </description>
542        </bitlbee-setting>
544        <bitlbee-setting name="display_name" type="string" scope="account">
545                <description>
546                        <para>
547                                Currently only available for MSN connections. This setting allows you to read and change your "friendly name" for this connection. Since this is a server-side setting, it can't be changed when the account is off-line.
548                        </para>
549                </description>
550        </bitlbee-setting>
552        <bitlbee-setting name="display_namechanges" type="boolean" scope="global">
553                <default>false</default>
555                <description>
556                        <para>
557                                With this option enabled, root will inform you when someone in your buddy list changes his/her "friendly name".
558                        </para>
559                </description>
560        </bitlbee-setting>
562        <bitlbee-setting name="handle_unknown" type="string" scope="global">
563                <default>root</default>
564                <possible-values>root, add, add_private, add_channel, ignore</possible-values>
566                <description>
567                        <para>
568                                Messages from unknown users are echoed like this by default:
569                        </para>
571                        <ircexample>
572                                <ircline nick="root">Unknown message from handle 3137137:</ircline>
573                                <ircline nick="root">j0000! 1 4m l33t h4x0r! kill me!</ircline>
574                        </ircexample>
576                        <para>
577                                If you want this lame user to be added automatically, you can set this setting to "add". If you prefer to ignore messages from people you don't know, you can set this one to "ignore". "add_private" and "add_channel" are like add, but you can use them to make messages from unknown buddies appear in the channel instead of a query window.
578                        </para>
580                        <note>
581                                <para>
582                                        Auto-added users aren't added to your real contact list. This is because you don't want the user to get authorization requests. So when you restart BitlBee, the auto-added user will be gone. If you want to keep the person in your buddy-list, you have to fixate the add using the <emphasis>add</emphasis> command.
583                                </para>
584                        </note>
585                </description>
587        </bitlbee-setting>
589        <bitlbee-setting name="ignore_auth_requests" type="boolean" scope="account">
590                <default>true</default>
592                <description>
593                        <para>
594                                Only supported by OSCAR so far, you can use this setting to ignore ICQ authorization requests, which are hardly used for legitimate (i.e. non-spam) reasons anymore.
595                        </para>
596                </description>
598        </bitlbee-setting>
600        <bitlbee-setting name="lcnicks" type="boolean" scope="global">
601                <default>true</default>
603                <description>
604                        <para>
605                                Hereby you can change whether you want all lower case nick names or leave the case as it intended by your peer.
606                        </para>
607                </description>
609        </bitlbee-setting>
611        <bitlbee-setting name="mail_notifications" type="boolean" scope="account">
612                <default>false</default>
614                <description>
615                        <para>
616                                Some protocols (MSN, Yahoo!) can notify via IM about new e-mail. Since most people use their Hotmail/Yahoo! addresses as a spam-box, this is disabled default. If you want these notifications, you can enable this setting.
617                        </para>
618                </description>
620        </bitlbee-setting>
622        <bitlbee-setting name="nick" type="string" scope="chat">
624                <description>
625                        <para>
626                                You can use this option to set your nickname in a chatroom. You won't see this nickname yourself, but other people in the room will. By default, BitlBee will use your username as the chatroom nickname.
627                        </para>
628                </description>
629        </bitlbee-setting>
631        <bitlbee-setting name="nick_source" type="string" scope="account">
632                <default>handle</default>
633                <possible-values>handle, full_name, first_name</possible-values>
635                <description>
636                        <para>
637                                By default, BitlBee generates a nickname for every contact by taking its handle and chopping off everything after the @. In some cases, this gives very inconvenient nicknames. The Facebook XMPP server is a good example, as all Facebook XMPP handles are numeric.
638                        </para>
640                        <para>
641                                With this setting set to <emphasis>full_name</emphasis>, the person's full name is used to generate a nickname. Or if you don't like long nicknames, set this setting to <emphasis>first_name</emphasis> instead and only the first word will be used. Note that the full name can be full of non-ASCII characters which will be stripped off.
642                        </para>
643                </description>
644        </bitlbee-setting>
646        <bitlbee-setting name="ops" type="string" scope="global">
647                <default>both</default>
648                <possible-values>both, root, user, none</possible-values>
650                <description>
651                        <para>
652                                Some people prefer themself and root to have operator status in &amp;bitlbee, other people don't. You can change these states using this setting.
653                        </para>
655                        <para>
656                                The value "both" means both user and root get ops. "root" means, well, just root. "user" means just the user. "none" means nobody will get operator status.
657                        </para>
658                </description>
659        </bitlbee-setting>
661        <bitlbee-setting name="password" type="string" scope="both">
662                <description>
663                        <para>
664                                Use this global setting to change your "NickServ" password.
665                        </para>
667                        <para>
668                                This setting is also available for all IM accounts to change the password BitlBee uses to connect to the service.
669                        </para>
671                        <para>
672                                Note that BitlBee will always say this setting is empty. This doesn't mean there is no password, it just means that, for security reasons, BitlBee stores passwords somewhere else so they can't just be retrieved in plain text.
673                        </para>
674                </description>
675        </bitlbee-setting>
677        <bitlbee-setting name="port" type="integer" scope="account">
678                <description>
679                        <para>
680                                Currently only available for Jabber connections. Specifies the port number to connect to. Usually this should be set to 5222, or 5223 for SSL-connections.
681                        </para>
682                </description>
683        </bitlbee-setting>
685        <bitlbee-setting name="priority" type="integer" scope="account">
686                <default>0</default>
688                <description>
689                        <para>
690                                Can be set for Jabber connections. When connecting to one account from multiple places, this priority value will help the server to determine where to deliver incoming messages (that aren't addressed to a specific resource already).
691                        </para>
693                        <para>
694                                According to RFC 3921 servers will always deliver messages to the server with the highest priority value. Mmessages will not be delivered to resources with a negative priority setting (and should be saved as an off-line message if all available resources have a negative priority value).
695                        </para>
696                </description>
697        </bitlbee-setting>
699        <bitlbee-setting name="private" type="boolean" scope="global">
700                <default>true</default>
702                <description>
703                        <para>
704                                If value is true, messages from users will appear in separate query windows. If false, messages from users will appear in the control channel.
705                        </para>
707                        <para>
708                                This setting is remembered (during one session) per-user, this setting only changes the default state. This option takes effect as soon as you reconnect.
709                        </para>
710                </description>
711        </bitlbee-setting>
713        <bitlbee-setting name="query_order" type="string" scope="global">
714                <default>lifo</default>
715                <possible-values>lifo, fifo</possible-values>
717                <description>
718                        <para>
719                                This changes the order in which the questions from root (usually authorization requests from buddies) should be answered. When set to <emphasis>lifo</emphasis>, BitlBee immediately displays all new questions and they should be answered in reverse order. When this is set to <emphasis>fifo</emphasis>, BitlBee displays the first question which comes in and caches all the others until you answer the first one.
720                        </para>
722                        <para>
723                                Although the <emphasis>fifo</emphasis> setting might sound more logical (and used to be the default behaviour in older BitlBee versions), it turned out not to be very convenient for many users when they missed the first question (and never received the next ones).
724                        </para>
725                </description>
726        </bitlbee-setting>
728        <bitlbee-setting name="resource" type="string" scope="account">
729                <default>BitlBee</default>
731                <description>
732                        <para>
733                                Can be set for Jabber connections. You can use this to connect to your Jabber account from multiple clients at once, with every client using a different resource string.
734                        </para>
735                </description>
736        </bitlbee-setting>
738        <bitlbee-setting name="resource_select" type="string" scope="account">
739                <default>activity</default>
740                <possible-values>priority, activity</possible-values>
742                <description>
743                        <para>
744                                Because the IRC interface makes it pretty hard to specify the resource to talk to (when a buddy is online through different resources), this setting was added.
745                        </para>
747                        <para>
748                                Normally it's set to <emphasis>priority</emphasis> which means messages will always be delivered to the buddy's resource with the highest priority. If the setting is set to <emphasis>activity</emphasis>, messages will be delivered to the resource that was last used to send you a message (or the resource that most recently connected).
749                        </para>
750                </description>
751        </bitlbee-setting>
753        <bitlbee-setting name="root_nick" type="string" scope="global">
754                <default>root</default>
756                <description>
757                        <para>
758                                Normally the "bot" that takes all your BitlBee commands is called "root". If you don't like this name, you can rename it to anything else using the <emphasis>rename</emphasis> command, or by changing this setting.
759                        </para>
760                </description>
761        </bitlbee-setting>
763        <bitlbee-setting name="save_on_quit" type="boolean" scope="global">
764                <default>true</default>
766                <description>
767                        <para>
768                                If enabled causes BitlBee to save all current settings and account details when user disconnects. This is enabled by default, and these days there's not really a reason to have it disabled anymore.
769                        </para>
770                </description>
771        </bitlbee-setting>
773        <bitlbee-setting name="server" type="string" scope="account">
774                <description>
775                        <para>
776                                Can be set for Jabber- and OSCAR-connections. For Jabber, you might have to set this if the servername isn't equal to the part after the @ in the Jabber handle. For OSCAR this shouldn't be necessary anymore in recent BitlBee versions.
777                        </para>
778                </description>
779        </bitlbee-setting>
781        <bitlbee-setting name="simulate_netsplit" type="boolean" scope="global">
782                <default>true</default>
784                <description>
785                        <para>
786                                Some IRC clients parse quit messages sent by the IRC server to see if someone really left or just disappeared because of a netsplit. By default, BitlBee tries to simulate netsplit-like quit messages to keep the control channel window clean. If you don't like this (or if your IRC client doesn't support this) you can disable this setting.
787                        </para>
788                </description>
789        </bitlbee-setting>
791        <bitlbee-setting name="ssl" type="boolean" scope="account">
792                <default>false</default>
794                <description>
795                        <para>
796                                Currently only available for Jabber connections. Set this to true if the server accepts SSL connections.
797                        </para>
798                </description>
799        </bitlbee-setting>
801        <bitlbee-setting name="status" type="string" scope="both">
802                <description>
803                        <para>
804                                Certain protocols (like Jabber/XMPP) support status messages, similar to away messages. They can be used to indicate things like your location or activity, without showing up as away/busy.
805                        </para>
807                        <para>
808                                This setting can be used to set such a message. It will be available as a per-account setting for protocols that support it, and also as a global setting (which will then automatically be used for all protocols that support it).
809                        </para>
811                        <para>
812                                Away states set using <emphasis>/away</emphasis> or the <emphasis>away</emphasis> setting will override this setting. To un-set the setting, use <emphasis>set -del status</emphasis>.
813                        </para>
814                </description>
815        </bitlbee-setting>
817        <bitlbee-setting name="strip_html" type="boolean" scope="global">
818                <default>true</default>
820                <description>
821                        <para>
822                                Determines what BitlBee should do with HTML in messages. Normally this is turned on and HTML will be stripped from messages, if BitlBee thinks there is HTML.
823                        </para>
824                        <para>
825                                If BitlBee fails to detect this sometimes (most likely in AIM messages over an ICQ connection), you can set this setting to <emphasis>always</emphasis>, but this might sometimes accidentally strip non-HTML things too.
826                        </para>
827                </description>
828        </bitlbee-setting>
830        <bitlbee-setting name="tls" type="boolean" scope="account">
831                <default>try</default>
833                <description>
834                        <para>
835                                Newer Jabber servers allow clients to convert a plain-text session to a TLS/SSL-encrypted session. Normally (with this setting set to <emphasis>try</emphasis>) BitlBee will do this, if possible.
836                        </para>
838                        <para>
839                                If you want to force BitlBee to use TLS sessions only (and to give up if that doesn't seem to be possible) you can set this setting to <emphasis>true</emphasis>. Set it to <emphasis>false</emphasis> if you want the session to remain plain-text.
840                        </para>
841                </description>
842        </bitlbee-setting>
844        <bitlbee-setting name="to_char" type="string" scope="global">
845                <default>": "</default>
847                <description>
848                        <para>
849                                It's customary that messages meant for one specific person on an IRC channel are prepended by his/her alias followed by a colon ':'. BitlBee does this by default. If you prefer a different character, you can set it using <emphasis>set to_char</emphasis>.
850                        </para>
852                        <para>
853                                Please note that this setting is only used for incoming messages. For outgoing messages you can use ':' (colon) or ',' to separate the destination nick from the message, and this is not configurable.
854                        </para>
855                </description>
856        </bitlbee-setting>
858        <bitlbee-setting name="typing_notice" type="boolean" scope="global">
859                <default>false</default>
861                <description>
862                        <para>
863                                Sends you a /notice when a user starts typing a message (if supported by the IM protocol and the user's client). To use this, you most likely want to use a script in your IRC client to show this information in a more sensible way.
864                        </para>
865                </description>
866        </bitlbee-setting>
868        <bitlbee-setting name="web_aware" type="string" scope="account">
869                <default>false</default>
871                <description>
872                        <para>
873                                ICQ allows people to see if you're on-line via a CGI-script. ( This can be nice to put on your website, but it seems that spammers also use it to see if you're online without having to add you to their contact list. So to prevent ICQ spamming, recent versions of BitlBee disable this feature by default.
874                        </para>
876                        <para>
877                                Unless you really intend to use this feature somewhere (on forums or maybe a website), it's probably better to keep this setting disabled.
878                        </para>
879                </description>
880        </bitlbee-setting>
882        <bitlbee-setting name="xmlconsole" type="boolean" scope="account">
883                <default>false</default>
885                <description>
886                        <para>
887                                The Jabber module allows you to add a buddy <emphasis>xmlconsole</emphasis> to your contact list, which will then show you the raw XMPP stream between you and the server. You can also send XMPP packets to this buddy, which will then be sent to the server.
888                        </para>
889                        <para>
890                                If you want to enable this XML console permanently (and at login time already), you can set this setting.
891                        </para>
892                </description>
893        </bitlbee-setting>
895        <bitlbee-command name="rename">
896                <short-description>Rename (renick) a buddy</short-description>
897                <syntax>rename &lt;oldnick&gt; &lt;newnick&gt;</syntax>
899                <description>
900                        <para>
901                                Renick a user in your buddy list. Very useful, in fact just very important, if you got a lot of people with stupid account names (or hard ICQ numbers).
902                        </para>
903                </description>
905                <ircexample>
906                        <ircline nick="itsme">rename itsme_ you</ircline>
907                        <ircaction nick="itsme_">is now known as <emphasis>you</emphasis></ircaction>
908                </ircexample>
910        </bitlbee-command>
912        <bitlbee-command name="yes">
913                <short-description>Accept a request</short-description>
914                <syntax>yes [&lt;number&gt;]</syntax>
916                <description>
917                        <para>
918                                Sometimes an IM-module might want to ask you a question. (Accept this user as your buddy or not?) To accept a question, use the <emphasis>yes</emphasis> command.
919                        </para>
921                        <para>
922                                By default, this answers the first unanswered question. You can also specify a different question as an argument. You can use the <emphasis>qlist</emphasis> command for a list of questions.
923                        </para>
924                </description>
926        </bitlbee-command>
928        <bitlbee-command name="no">
929                <short-description>Deny a request</short-description>
930                <syntax>no [&lt;number&gt;]</syntax>
932                <description>
933                        <para>
934                                Sometimes an IM-module might want to ask you a question. (Accept this user as your buddy or not?) To reject a question, use the <emphasis>no</emphasis> command.
935                        </para>
937                        <para>
938                                By default, this answers the first unanswered question. You can also specify a different question as an argument. You can use the <emphasis>qlist</emphasis> command for a list of questions.
939                        </para>
940                </description>
941        </bitlbee-command>
943        <bitlbee-command name="qlist">
944                <short-description>List all the unanswered questions root asked</short-description>
945                <syntax>qlist</syntax>
947                <description>
948                        <para>
949                                This gives you a list of all the unanswered questions from root.
950                        </para>
951                </description>
953        </bitlbee-command>
955        <bitlbee-command name="register">
956                <short-description>Register yourself</short-description>
957                <syntax>register &lt;password&gt;</syntax>
959                <description>
960                        <para>
961                                BitlBee can save your settings so you won't have to enter all your IM passwords every time you log in. If you want the Bee to save your settings, use the <emphasis>register</emphasis> command.
962                        </para>
964                        <para>
965                                Please do pick a secure password, don't just use your nick as your password. Please note that IRC is not an encrypted protocol, so the passwords still go over the network in plaintext. Evil people with evil sniffers will read it all. (So don't use your root password.. ;-)
966                        </para>
968                        <para>
969                                To identify yourself in later sessions, you can use the <emphasis>identify</emphasis> command. To change your password later, you can use the <emphasis>set password</emphasis> command.
970                        </para>
971                </description>
973        </bitlbee-command>
975        <bitlbee-command name="identify">
976                <syntax>identify &lt;password&gt;</syntax>
977                <short-description>Identify yourself with your password</short-description>
979                <description>
980                        <para>
981                                BitlBee saves all your settings (contacts, accounts, passwords) on-server. To prevent other users from just logging in as you and getting this information, you'll have to identify yourself with your password. You can register this password using the <emphasis>register</emphasis> command.
982                        </para>
984                        <para>
985                                Once you're registered, you can change your password using <emphasis>set password &lt;password&gt;</emphasis>.
986                        </para>
987                </description>
988        </bitlbee-command>
990        <bitlbee-command name="drop">
991                <syntax>drop &lt;password&gt;</syntax>
992                <short-description>Drop your account</short-description>
994                <description>
995                        <para>
996                                Drop your BitlBee registration. Your account files will be removed and your password will be forgotten. For obvious security reasons, you have to specify your NickServ password to make this command work.
997                        </para>
998                </description>
999        </bitlbee-command>
1001        <bitlbee-command name="blist">
1002                <syntax>blist [all|online|offline|away]</syntax>
1003                <short-description>List all the buddies in your contact list</short-description>
1005                <description>
1006                        <para>
1007                                You can get a better readable buddy list using the <emphasis>blist</emphasis> command. If you want a complete list (including the offline users) you can use the <emphasis>all</emphasis> argument.
1008                        </para>
1009                </description>
1011        </bitlbee-command>
1013        <bitlbee-command name="nick">
1014                <short-description>Change friendly name, nick</short-description>
1015                <syntax>nick &lt;connection&gt; [&lt;new nick&gt;]</syntax>
1016                <syntax>nick &lt;connection&gt;</syntax>
1018                <description>
1019                        <para>
1020                                Deprecated: Use the per-account <emphasis>display_name</emphasis> setting to read and change this information.
1021                        </para>
1022                </description>
1024                <ircexample>
1025                        <ircline nick="wouter">account set 1/display_name "The majestik møøse"</ircline>
1026                        <ircline nick="root">display_name = `The majestik møøse'</ircline>
1027                </ircexample>
1029        </bitlbee-command>
1031        <bitlbee-command name="transfers">
1032                <short-description>Monitor, cancel, or reject file transfers</short-description>
1033                <syntax>transfers [&lt;cancel&gt; id | &lt;reject&gt;]</syntax>
1035                <description>
1036                        <para>
1037                                Without parameters the currently pending file transfers and their status will be listed. Available actions are <emphasis>cancel</emphasis> and <emphasis>reject</emphasis>. See <emphasis>help transfers &lt;action&gt;</emphasis> for more information.
1038                        </para>
1040                        <ircexample>
1041                                <ircline nick="ulim">transfers</ircline>
1042                        </ircexample>
1043                </description>
1045                <bitlbee-command name="cancel">
1046                        <short-description>Cancels the file transfer with the given id</short-description>
1047                        <syntax>transfers &lt;cancel&gt; id</syntax>
1049                        <description>
1050                                <para>Cancels the file transfer with the given id</para>
1051                        </description>
1053                        <ircexample>
1054                                <ircline nick="ulim">transfers cancel 1</ircline>
1055                                <ircline nick="root">Canceling file transfer for test</ircline>
1056                        </ircexample>
1057                </bitlbee-command>
1059                <bitlbee-command name="reject">
1060                        <short-description>Rejects all incoming transfers</short-description>
1061                        <syntax>transfers &lt;reject&gt;</syntax>
1063                        <description>
1064                                <para>Rejects all incoming (not already transferring) file transfers. Since you probably have only one incoming transfer at a time, no id is neccessary. Or is it?</para>
1065                        </description>
1067                        <ircexample>
1068                                <ircline nick="ulim">transfers reject</ircline>
1069                        </ircexample>
1070                </bitlbee-command>
1071        </bitlbee-command>
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