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gaim(1) 			     General Commands Manual				  gaim(1)

       Gaim v0.59.8 - Instant Messaging client

       gaim [options]

       gaim  is  a  GTK-based  Instant	Messaging (IM) client designed primarily for use with AOL
       Instant Messager (AIM).	However, it supports most other popular  IM  protocols	including
       ICQ, MSN Messager, Jabber, Yahoo!, IRC, Napster, Zephyr, and Gadu-Gadu.

       The following options are provided by gaim using the standard GNU command line syntax.

       -a, --acct
	      Launch the account editor rather than the login window on start.

       -d, --debug
	      Print debugging messages to stdout.  These are the same debugging messages that are
	      displayed in the debug window.

       -f, --file=FILE
	      Use FILE as the configuration file instead of ~/.gaimrc.

       -h, --help
	      Print this help and exit.

       -l, --login[=NAME]
	      Automatically login on start using the default account or the account specified  by
	      the NAME parameter.

       -u, --user=NAME
	      Use account NAME as default.

       -v, --version
	      Display the version information window.

       -w, --away[=MESG]
	      Automatically  go away on signon.  You may optionally use the MESG parameter to set
	      the away message.

       The Buddy List Window is gaim's main interface window.  The focus of this  window  is  the
       Buddy  List itself.  This is a list of your contacts whose presence you have been notified

       The list of buddies is organized into groups.  Gaim supports multiple connections, but all
       online  buddies	are organized on the same buddy list.  Buddy List organization is handled
       in the Edit Buddies tab.

       Buddy Lists can be imported and exported to disk using the  appropriate	commands  in  the
       file menu.

       The icon to the left of each buddy indicates the buddy's current state.	Double clicking a
       buddy will open a new conversation window.  Right clicking will open a menu:

       IM     Opens a new conversation window to the selected buddy.

       Alias  Create an alias for this buddy.  This will open up a new dialog in  which  one  can
	      give  this  buddy  an  alternate	name to appear on the buddy list and in conversa-

	      For example, if a buddy's name screen name was jsmith1281xx and his real	name  was
	      'John  Q.  Smith,' one could create an alias as to identify the buddy by his common

       Add Buddy Pounce
	      A Buddy Pounce is a configurable automated action to be performed when the  buddy's
	      state changes.  This will open the Buddy Pounce dialog to be discussed later.

       View Log
	      gaim  is	capable  of  automatically log its activities.	These logs are html files
	      (with a .log extenstion) located in the ~/.gaim/logs directory.  This menu  command
	      will attempt to view this file with gaim's internal log viewer.

       The  remainder  of the menu will consist of protocol specific commands.	If logged on with
       multiple connections, these will appear in submenus named with each screen name logged on.
       These commands vary depending on the protocol; below are the commands available when using
       OSCAR, the more popular and developer-recommended AIM protocol:

       Get Info
	      Retrieves and displays information about the buddy.  This information is also known
	      as a Profile.

       Get Away Msg
	      If  this buddy is in an Away state, this will retrieve and display the buddy's Away

       Direct IM
	      This will send a request to the buddy for a Direct IM.  If accepted, a direct  con-
	      nection  will  be  made  between	the two clients, no longer relying on the server.
	      This will reveal your IP address to your buddy, which  may  constitute  a  security

The Conversation Window
       When starting a new conversation, the user is presented with the conversation window.  The
       conversation appears in the upper text box and the user types his message  in  the  lower.
       Between the two is a row of setting, represented by icons.  From left to right:

       Bold   adds <b></b> to your message

	      adds <i></i> to your message

	      adds <u></u> to your message

	      adds <s></s> to your message

       Decrease font size
	      adds <font size="1"></font> to your message

       Default font size
	      adds <font size="3"></font> to your message

       Increase font size
	      adds <font size="5"></font> to your message

       Select font face
	      adds an appropriate font tag to your message.

       Select a foreground color
	      adds an appropriate font tag to your message.

       Select a background color
	      adds an appropriate body tag to your message.

       Add hyperlink
	      adds an appropriate a href tag to your message.

       Add smiley
	      adds  an	ASCII  smiley  to your message.  This will become a graphic smiley in the
	      upper textbox if the option for graphical smileys is set.

       Enable logging
	      As the conversation continues,  everything  will	get  logged  to  a  log  file  in

       Save Conversation
	      Saves the current conversation to a log file of your choice.

       Enable Sounds
	      Choose whether events in this conversation will trigger sounds.

	      Beneath the lower textbox is a row of buttons that execute commands:

       Send   This sends what's currently in the lower textbox

       Get Info
	      This gets information (a profile) about the other person in the conversation.

       Warn   This issues a warning to the other person in the conversation.

       Block  This adds the other person to your deny list.

       Add to buddy list
	      This  adds  this	user  to your buddy list.  If he already is on your list, it will
	      remove him from it.

       Close  Closes this window.

Edit Buddies
       Clicking this tab on the Buddy List Window will invoke the  main  interface  to	edit  and
       organize buddy lists.  Buddy's already in your buddy list can be moved to different groups
       or reordered in the same group by clicking and dragging with the mouse.	One can also add,
       rename,	alias,	or delete buddies here, as well as some of the functions available in the
       Buddy List Dialog.

       In the Edit Buddies dialog, the list is arranged by connection.	If two	or  more  connec-
       tions  have  a  group of the same, the Buddy List will only show one group with that name.
       Available buddies from both connections will be shown in this group.  If both  connections
       have  a buddy with the same screen name in a group of the same name, the buddy will appear
       only once.

Buddy Chat
       For protocols that allow it, Buddy Chats can be entered through the file  menu,	the  key-
       board shortcut CTRL+C, or the right most button on the bottom of the uddy List Dialog.

       Additional commands available in chat, depending on the protocol are:

	      The  text  will appear in the chat conversation, but it will only be visible to the
	      sender and the receiver.

       Invite Invite other people to join the chat room.

       Ignore Ignore anything said by the chosen person

       Set Topic
	      Set the topic of the chat room.  This is usually a brief	sentence  describing  the
	      nature of the chat--an explanation of the chat room's name.

       Most protocols allow for away messages.	When a user is away, he can leave a message indi-
       cating why for others to see.  The away submenu of the Tools  menu  is  used  to  add  and
       remove away message, as well as to set a user's away state.

       New Away Message provides space for one to enter an away message and a title for that mes-
       sage.  If Save of Save & Use are chosen, this message will be  saved.   It  can	later  be
       referred to by the title given to it.

       Remove  Away  Message is a submenu containing the titles of saved away messages.  Clicking
       on one of these titles will remove the away message associated with it.

       The rest of the away menu provides the user with a way to assign different  away  messages
       to different connections.  Choosing Set All Away will set away all the connections capable
       of the away state.

       A Buddy Pounce is an automated trigger that occurs when a buddy returns to a normal  state
       from an away state.  A pounce can be set to occur on any combination of the events listed,
       and any combination of actions can result.   If	Save  this  pounce  after  activation  is
       checked, the trigger will remain until it is removed from the Remove buddy pounce menu.

       The  account  editor  consists of a list of accounts and information about them.  Clicking
       Add or Modify will invoke a Modify Account window.  Here, you can alter information  about
       your account.  When creating a new account, you will submit your screen name and password.
       You will also choose your protocol; The two  AIM  protocols,  TOC  and  OSCAR  are  always
       loaded, but other protocols can be dynamically loaded and unloaded using Protocols Plugins

       If Remember Password is chosen, the password will be saved in gaim's configuration file.

       If Auto-Login is chosen, this account will automatically login upon starting gaim.

       Each protocol has it's own specific options that can be found in the protocol-specific tab
       on the modify screen.

       Gaim  allows for perl scripting.  This submenu provides for the loading of individual perl
       scripts and for the unloading of all of them.  See PERL-HOWTO for more  information  about
       perl scripting.

       Gaim  allows  for dynamic loading of plugins.  The plugin window shows the paths to loaded
       plugins on the left, and the name and description of the plugin on the right.

       You may load and unload plugins using the appropriate buttons.

       Use Borderless Buttons
	      Change the appearence of the GUI's buttons.

       Show Buddy Ticker
	      This opens the Buddy Ticker, a small window in which the	contents  of  your  buddy
	      list scroll to keep you up to date on their status.

       Show Debug Window
	      This opens a debug window into which gaim sends more verbose information about what
	      it's doing.

       Report Idle Times
	      For protocol's that require the client to report idle times, this option	sets  the
	      method  of  determining  idle  times.   If  None	is  chosen,  idleness will not be
	      reported.  If Gaim Use is chosen, it will send idle times relative to the last time
	      gaim  was  used.	If X Use is chosen, idle times will be reported based on the last
	      time the mouse or keyboard was used.

	      Log all conversations will  automatically  log  conversations  into  ~/.gaim/logs/.
	      Unless  Strip  HTML from logs is checked, they will be saved as an HTML file with a
	      .log extension.  The preferences window provides options to specify exactly what to

	      Choose the Web Browser to use when a hyperlink is clicked.

Buddy List
       Hide IM/Info/Chat buttons
	      This  option will remove the three buttons beneath the Buddy List in the Buddy List

       Show pictures on buttons
	      If checked, the buttons will feature an icon, otherwise, the buttons will be text.

       Hide groups with no online buddies
	      This feature will only display a folder representing a group if there is	at  least
	      one online buddy in it.

       Show numbers in groups
	      This  feature  displays the number of buddies in each group and the number of these
	      online in the Buddy List.

       Show buddy type icons
	      This icon is a quick reference as to what protocol a buddy is using, and what  away
	      state, if any, he is in.

       Show Idle times
	      This  shows  how	long a buddy has been idle next to his name.  Show warning levels
	      This shows the warning level of a buddy next to his name.

       Keyboard Options
	      These options set certain keybindings.

       Show graphical smileys
	      This will convert emoticons such as :) and >:-O to small icons representing them.

       Show timestamp on messages
	      When selected, this option shows in the conversation window, the time each  message
	      was received or sent.

       Show URLs as links
	      This  will convert URLs such as http://gaim.sourceforge.net to a hyperlink pointing
	      to that site.

       Highlight misspelled words
	      While typing a message, if a user misspells a word, it will immediately  turn  red.
	      Right-clicking on the word will invoke a menu of possible corrections.

       Sending messages removes away status
	      If  this	option is selected, a user will come back from away if he sends a message
	      to someone.

       Queue new messages when away
	      This option will cause new conversation windows not to  be  created  until  a  user
	      returns  from  away.  Instead, a record of how many messages received and from whom
	      they were received is shown in the away message window.

       Ignore colors/font faces/ font sizes
	      These options ignore font settings that can be set in HTML tags.

       Ignore TiK Automated Messages
	      AOL's open source TiK client gets a user's away message by sending him an automated
	      message.	This option ignores those messages.

       Ignore new conversations when away
	      If checked, new conversations will be ignored entirely when away.  Unlike the Queue
	      new messages when away option, no record will be kept of these.

       Show buttons as:
	      This option selects the look of the buttons.

       Show all conversations in one tabbed window
	      Instead of seperate windows for each conversation, they are all shown in one window
	      with  tabs  at the top to select the conversation.  A name on a tab will become red
	      if a new message hasn't yet been read.

       Raise windows on events
	      When an event happens to a conversation, the conversation  window  will  be  raised
	      above all other windows on the desktop.

       Show logins in window
	      This  will  show	when buddies log in and out in the conversation window, if one is
	      open for that buddy.

       Window size
	      Select the default size for new conversation windows.

Font Options
	These set the font preferences that are sent with all messages over a protocol that  sup-
       ports HTML.

Chat Rooms
       This is a list of available chat rooms and chat rooms that you are subscribed to.

       No sounds when you log in
	      This  will  prevent sounds from playing when gaim is first notified of your buddy's
	      presence because you just signed on.

       Sounds while away
	      This option will continue to play sounds on events if you are away.

       Beep instead of playing sound
	      This will cause a terminal beep instead of a sound upon events.

       Command to play sound files
	      If you need a special command executed to play a sound, enter it in the  given  box
	      with  %s representing the filename.  If you prefer gaim to play the sound, leave it

       Events Choose sounds to play when each event occurs.

Away Messages
       Don't send auto-response
	      If someone sends the user a message while away, gaim will not respond with the away
	      message if this is checked.

       Auto Away
	      If this is selected gaim will automatically go away if it's been idle for the spec-
	      ified length of time.

       Here, the user can configure his permit/deny lists.

       ~/.gaimrc - Gaim Config File
       ~/.gaim/logs/SCREENNAME.log - a log of all conversation with SCREENNAME.
       /usr/local/lib/gaim/ - Gaim Plugin Files
       ~/.gaim/SCREENAME.PROTOCOL.blist - the buddy list for SCREENAME using protocol number PRO-

       Known bugs are at http://sourceforge.net/bugs/?group_id=235

       If   you   find	 a   bug   in	gaim,	please	 submit  a  bug  form  at  http://source-

       Before sending a bug report, please verify that you have the latest version of gaim.  Many
       bugs (major and minor) are fixed at each release, and if yours is out of date, the problem
       may already have been solved.

       http://gaim.sourceforge.net/ http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/gaim/

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of
       the  GNU  General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either ver-
       sion 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

       This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY	WARRANTY;
       without	even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
       See the GNU General Public License for more details.

       You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program;
       if  not,  write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple PLace, Suite 330, Boston,
       MA  02111-1307  USA

       The authors of gaim are:

	Rob Flynn <rob@marko.net> - AIM: RobFlynn
	Sean Egan <bj91704@binghamton.edu> - AIM: SeanEgn
	Syd Logan

       The retired authors of gaim are:

	Jim Duchek <jim@linuxpimps.com> - AIM: Zilding
	Eric Warmenhoven <eric@warmenhoven.org>
	Mark Spencer <markster@marko.net> - AIM: Markster97

       This manpage was originally written by Dennis Ristuccia <dennis@dennisr.net> AIM: D3nnisR.
       It  has	been  updated  and  largely  rewritten by Sean Egan <bj91704@binghamton.edu> AIM:


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