BarnOwl - tty‐based zephyr client
[-n] [-d] [-D] [-v] [-h] [-c CONFIGFILE
] [-t TTY
is a fully integrated tty‐based instant messaging client.
Currently it supports AOL Instant Messenger, MIT Zephyr, Jabber, IRC, and
Twitter. It is curses‐based, allows for emacs‐style editing of
outgoing messages, and uses Perl as an extension and configuration language.
will also run happily without a configuration file.
is started, typing ‘h’ will display a help
screen. Typing ‘:’ enters command mode, allowing the user to
type a BarnOwl
The following command-line options are avilable when running BarnOwl
- -n, --no-subs
- Do not subscribe to zephyr messages on startup. By default,
BarnOwl subscribes to the default subscriptions and to anything
found in ~/.zephyr.subs. When this option is used, no subscriptions
- -c, --config-file=FILE
- Specify an alternate config file for BarnOwl to use.
The config file is an arbitrary Perl script evaluated in the main
package, and if it overrides the BarnOwl::startup method that is
run when BarnOwl starts. (Compare ~/.owl/startup, which
contains BarnOwl commands that are run at startup after the config
file is loaded.)
By default, BarnOwl uses the first of ~/.owl/init.pl,
~/.barnowlconf, or ~/.owlconf that exists.
- -s, --config-dir=DIR
- Specify an alternate configuration directory. By default,
BarnOwl uses ~/.owl/.
- -t, --tty=TTY
- Specify the tty name to use for the zephyr location.
- -v, --version
- Print the version number of BarnOwl and exit.
- -d, --debug
- Enable debugging. By default, debugging information is
placed in /var/tmp/barnowl-debug.PID.
- -h, --help
- Print command‐line option help.
Written by Nelson Elhage and Alejandro Sedeno at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. Based on Owl by James Kretchmar.
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