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Finch \- A Pimpin' Penguin console frontend to libpurple. Instant
\fBfinch3\fR is a console-based modular messaging client based on libpurple
which is capable of connecting to AIM, XMPP, ICQ, IRC, SILC,
Novell GroupWise, Lotus Sametime, Zephyr, Gadu-Gadu, and QQ all at once. It has
many common features found in other clients, as well as many unique features.
Finch is not endorsed by or affiliated with America Online, ICQ, or Microsoft.
The following options are provided by \fBfinch3\fR using the standard GNU
.B \-c, \-\-config=\fIDIR\fB
Use \fIDIR\fR as the directory for config files instead of \fI~/.purple\fR.
Print debugging messages to stderr and start with the \fBDebug\fR window. The
messages shown in the \fBDebug\fR window are the same as the ones printed in
Print this help and exit.
Don't automatically login when \fBfinch3\fR starts. Sets all accounts to
Display the version information window.
You can use the following shortcuts (see the "Widget Actions" section for a more complete list):
Bring up a list of available actions. You can use this list to access the
accounts window, plugins window, preference window etc.
Go to the previous window.
Show the list of windows. You can select and jump to any window from the list.
Close the current window.
Start moving a window. Press the cursor keys to move the window. When you are
done, press \fBEnter\fR or \fBEscape\fR.
Start resizing a window. Press the cursor keys to resize the window. When you
are done, press \fBEnter\fR or \fBEscape\fR.
Dump the contents of the screen in HTML format.
Move the position of the current window in the window list one place to the
Move the position of the current window in the window list one place to the
Refresh the windows. This is useful after resizing the terminal window.
Jump to the 1st, 2nd ... 10th window.
Jump to the next URGENT (highlighted) window.
Jump to the previous URGENT (highlighted) window.
.B Ctrl \+ o \fR or \fB F10
Bring up the menu (if there is one) for a window.
.B F11 \fR or \fB Ctrl \+ x
Popup the context menu (if there is one) for the selected widget.
Show a list of available key-bindings for the current widget in focus.
Switch to the next workspace
Switch to the previous workspace
Tag (or untag) the current window
Attached all the tagged windows to the current workspace
Create a new workspace and switch to it
\fI~/.gntrc\fR: configuration file for gnt applications.
A sample file looks like:
color-available = green; black
color-offline = red; black
color-message-sent = cyan; default
color-message-received = red; default
color-message-highlight = black; green
color-message-action = yellow; default
color-timestamp = blue; default
#See below for details on color
# There is experimental mouse support
# To use some custom window-manager
wm = /usr/local/lib/gnt/s.so
# There's also a custom window manager called irssi.so
# Remember window-positions based on the titles (on by default)
# Use borderless one-line high buttons
# Workspaces are created simply by adding Workspace-X groups as follows:
# window-names specifies that windows with these semi-colon separated names are placed
window-names = buddylist;debug-window
window-names = conversation-window
# window-titles specifies that windows with these semi-colon separated titles are placed
into this workspace. These are matched as substrings. Window titles take precedence over
window-titles = Preferences;Pounce
# The RGB values range in [0, 1000]
# Remap some keys for GntEntry
# Remap the up-arrow to the left-arrow
# Remap the down-arrow to the right-arrow
# Completely ignore the key 'q'
# But the following will NOT work
# Hitting 'space' will activate a button
You can specifiy key-bindings for specific widgets. The following entries in
\fI~/.gntrc\fR correspond to the default keybindings for the actions:
page-down = suggest-next-page
page-up = suggest-prev-page
# Following is the default binding for the context-menu
# The following will let you open the context-menu in the buddylist with c-b
The \fBc-\fR corresponds to the \fBControl\fR key. You can also use \fBctrl-\fR
or \fBctr-\fR or \fBctl-\fR to indicate a combination. For alt-keys, you can use
one of \fBa-\fR, \fBalt-\fR, \fBm-\fR or \fBmeta-\fR. You can also use
\fBhome\fR, \fBend\fR, \fBleft\fR, \fBright\fR etc. keys.
To unbind a key which has a default binding, you simply bind it to the empty string. For example, to unbind \fBAlt + q\fR from the Quit function, you would use:
You can also specify key-bindings to trigger specific menuitems in windows. For example, the following entry in \fI~/.gntrc\fR will bind \fBCtrl + t\fR to the 'Send IM...' item in the buddylist:
The following is the list of IDs of the current menuitems in the buddylist:
There is experimental mouse support. You can focus windows, activate buttons,
select rows in a list, scroll using the wheel-scroll etc. Selecting text in a
text-view copies it to the gnt clipboard. Mouse support is disabled by default,
so you need to enable it in \fI~/.gntrc\fR (see the sample above).
The default window management is very limited. But it is possible to write
custom window managers to suit your needs. There is a sample window-manager
included (named \fIs.so\fR) which adds a little 'close-button' for the windows,
removes the borders from the buddylist and pops up new windows in the middle of
the screen, instead of at the upper-left corder. It is provided as a sample
simple manager, but it should be possible to write more complex managers, and
it's very possible that the window-manager API will need to be enhanced. Look at
the sample \fI~/.gntrc\fR file above to see how to select a window-manager.
It is also possible to rebind the window-manager actions in \fI~/.gntrc\fR, eg:
a-c-j = window-scroll-down
# The following action is still incomplete, and doesn't have a default binding
# Other actions: window-next-urgent, window-prev-urgent
# For the sample custom window manager
# For the irssi window manager
.SH Conversation Commands
There are a few helpful commands in addition to the regular commands. You can
use these from any conversation to access other windows.
for the preferences window.
FAQ for \fBfinch3\fR is located at
Before sending a bug report, please verify that you have the latest
version of \fBfinch3\fR and libpurple. Many bugs (major and minor) are
fixed at each release, and if yours is out of date, the problem may already have
If you fix a bug in \fBfinch3\fR (or otherwise enhance it), please submit a
patch (using \fBhg diff > my.diff\fR against the latest version from the
Mercurial repository) at \fIhttps://developer.pidgin.im/newticket\fR
You are also encouraged to drop by at \fB#pidgin\fR on \fIirc.freenode.net\fR
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
\fBWITHOUT ANY WARRANTY\fR; 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., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02111-1301 USA
Sadrul Habib Chowdhury <\fIsadrul@users.sourceforge.net\fR>
This manpage was written by Sadrul Habib Chowdhury
<\fIsadrul@users.sourceforge.net\fR> and Dennis Ristuccia