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A Couple Things That Are Bothering Me

There are a few things that are really starting to bother me, and they have been on my task list for some time. Trouble is, I can't find any decent documentation on any of it, and it seems that I can't find help. Here is what's troubling me so far:

  • Setting up my personal Bitlbee server on Ubuntu. Why is this so blasted difficult? So it runs with inet.d. Okay. Then what?
  • Changing the Jabber priority in Bitlbee. It is hardcoded to 0, but I would like a way to change it. I love Bitlbee, but I need options. What keeps me on irssi is it's extensibility. Bitlbee could use some of that.
  • Connecting to a tor hidden service in irssi. Sure, this is easy with Freenode when you know the public IP and can use MapAddress. But how to connect when you don't know the IP? For example, how do I connect to 2uqqegdqdrw2mlit.onion:6667? /connect doesn't work.

Funny thing? I don't know if you noticed, but all of these issues are Bitlbee related. There is no Bitlbee mailing list, the documentation on their website sucks, and as is with the rest of OFTC, no one is talking in the "official" #bitlbee channel. "Google is you friend", "did you read the documentation", "check out the website" and "consult your distro" is not help. It's lazy for saying 1) you don't know either, and 2) you're too lazy to help.

Needless to say, as I am sure that you are aware, I am frustrated with Bitlbee. I'm about to give up on it, as it has been more of a pain than it is worth. Which is unfortunate, because I like having my IM and IRC in one client. But if I can't get things working, which these things seem fairly simple, I'm giving it up. And I consider myself very tolerant of things that don't exactly work the way they should.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Dan using BonEcho 2.0.0.2 on GNU/Linux | March 6, 2007 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Bitlbee

  2. Aaron using Debian IceWeasel 2.0.0.1 on Debian GNU/Linux 64 bits | March 6, 2007 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Dan-

    Yeah. I have since figured out the ways of my errors, and have gotten my own Bitlbee server up and running. However, that link does not help me with connecting to a hidden Bitlbee server, and it does not help me with changing the Jabber priority in Bitlbee. This is because Bitlbee is using the Gaim Jabber code which *SUCKS*.

    At any event, thanks.

  3. Wilmer van der Gaast using Firefox 2.0.0.14 on Ubuntu | April 28, 2008 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    FWIW this isn't the case anymore, at last I had time to rewrite that (indeed extremely sucky) original module inherited from Gaim. (This was available in bzr already at the time of your last comment.)

    (I Googled for "bitlbee sucks" out of boredom, please forgive me. ;-))

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