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       tkabber-plugins  —  the  set  of  standard plugins for Tkabber, an XMPP
       (Jabber) client


       mkdir -p ~/.tkabber/plugins

       ln -s /usr/share/tkabber-plugins/PLUGIN_NAME ~/.tkabber/plugins

       rm ~/.tkabber/plugins/PLUGIN_NAME


       tkabber-plugins is the full set of standard  plugins  for  Tkabber,  an
       XMPP  (Jabber)  client.   They  are maintained as a part of Tkabber and
       implement various kinds of useful but non-essential functionality.

       This manual page explains how to install and uninstall Tkabber  plugins
       and briefly describes all plugins provided by this package.


       Each  plugin  is  just  a  directory  containing  necessary  files. The
       directories of all the plugins are  located  under  /usr/share/tkabber-

       When   Tkabber   starts   up   it   looks   for   a  special  directory
       ~/.tkabber/plugins (i.e. the directory named  .tkabber/plugins  located
       under  the user’s home directory).  If it exists, Tkabber considers all
       its subdirectories as installed  plugins  and  "loads"  them.   So  the
       installation  and  removal  of  plugins is just a matter of maintaining
       proper  symbolic  links  under   ~/.tkabber/plugins   to   the   actual
       directories of plugins.

       Note  that the directory ~/.tkabber/plugins as well as ~/.tkabber might
       well not exist at the time you will be  installing  plugins.   This  is
       normal,  so  just go on and create the necessary directory structure if

       A word of caution: Please do  not  install  a  plugin  if  you  do  not
       understand  what  kind of functionality it is supposed to provide! This
       is because some plugins may have impact on usage experience unsolicited
       by  the  user.  For  instance, ctcomp plugin "hijacks" several keyboard
       shortcuts from the chat input windows for its own usage, etc. So to  be
       on  the  safe  side  always read at least the introductory section of a
       plugin’s README file if one is provided.

       To install a plugin  simply  copy  or  —  much  better  —  symlink  the
       directory  of  the chosen plugin under ~/.tkabber/plugins — a directory
       Tkabber searches for plugins when it starts up.

       If the ~/.tkabber/plugins directory doesn’t exist just create it:
       mkdir -p ~/.tkabber/plugins

       It’s better to create a symbolic link rather than copying because  this
       greatly  simplifies the upgrade process: when a new version of tkabber-
       plugins is installed,  symbolic  links  under  ~/.tkabber/plugins  will
       automatically  start to point to the new versions of installed plugins.
       Contrary to this, if you copy plugin directories  rather  than  symlink
       them, you will be required to reinstall the plugins being used.

       After  the  plugin  is  installed you have to restart Tkabber for it to
       find and load the plugin.

       To  uninstall  a  plugin  simply  delete  its  directory   from   under
       ~/.tkabber/plugins directory.

       Provided  you  created  symbolic  links to actual directories of needed
       plugins to install them, uprgading to  the  next  version  of  tkabber-
       plugins will be fully automatic.

       Otherwise  you  will  have to remove obsoleted versions of plugins from
       under ~/.tkabber/plugins and then install their new versions back.


       Below is the list of all provided plugins and their brief descriptions.

       The  proper  name  of  each  plugin  is  also the name of its directory
       located under /usr/share/tkabber-plugins so is’s that name you use  for
       installing and uninstalling that particular plugin.

              Plugin which adds support of animated emoticons.

              Plugin  which draws so-called attention line - a line before the
              first message in  a  chat  window  where  the  window  has  lost
              keyboard focus. All messages after the line are unread messages.

       bc     A word game. Inludes a russian file.

              Plugin which implements Jabber Browser (XEP-0011). This protocol
              is  deprecated in favor of Service Discovery (XEP-0030), but may
              be useful for pre-XMPP servers/transports.

              Checkers game for  two  players  (including  Straight,  Russian,
              Spanish, Brazilian, Pool, Italian checkers). When installed, you
              can send an invitation to your contact (contextual menu  on  the
              roster).  If  the  other  player has also Tkabber and the plugin
              installed, he will recieve the  invitation.  If  he  accepts,  a
              window will open on both.

       chess  Chess  game  for  two  players.  When installed, you can send an
              invitation to your contact (contextual menu on the  roster).  If
              the  other  player has also Tkabber and the plugin installed, he
              will recieve the invitation. If he accepts, a window  will  open
              on both.

       ctcomp Plugin  adds  support  for  "text  completion" in Tkabber’s chat
              input windows which works like the similar features of  the  Vim
              and  Emacs  text editors. The matching words are picked from the
              corresponding chat log and input windows.

              Provides regexp-based mechanism to convert strings with  numbers
              to URLs in chat windows.

              Utility  to translate misprinted characters to cyrillic pressing

       debug  Allows to see debug messages in separate tab/window.

              Utility to check your Ejabberd Jabber server remotely.

              Plugin  reports  incoming  messages,  presence  changes,  status
              changes in a separate floating window.

              World  map. It tries to position your contacts using the data on
              vcard.  You can also drag and drop your contacts from the roster
              on their possitions.

       gmail  Plugin   allows   Gmail/Googlemail   users   to   receive   mail

              Several iconsets, borrowed from other Jabber  clients,  now  are
              represented in this plugin.

              Implements Jidlink file transfer protocol. It’s undocumented and
              obsolete, but may  be  useful  for  transferring  files  to  old
              Tkabber versions.

       latex  Displays   formulas   in  LaTeX  notation  as  embedded  images,
              generated by LaTeX and ImageMagick.

       mute   Experimental  implementation  of   XEP-0058:   Multi-User   Text
              Editing, now deferred.

              Plugin  which  adds several items to a URL popup menu. Each item
              allows to open the URL in a certain browser.

       osd    Displays   certain   events   (presence   and   chat   messages)
              notification using osd_cat utility.

              Plugin which adds several commands in a chat window. They change
              user’s presence information (global or directed).

       quiz   Adaptation of He3hauka (a russian quiz game for IRC).

              Provides a way to "quote" the message located at the very bottom
              of  the  conversation  log  of a chat window -- that is, to copy
              such message into the input box of the  same  chat  window  with
              some   decorations  added  (by  default  the  ">>  "  string  is
              prepeneded to the message). By default, quoting  is  done  using
              the <Alt-q> keyboard shortcut.

              Implements  XEP-0184  "Message  receipts":  in  one-to-one  chat
              sessions it is able to request  confirmations  of  reception  of
              outgoing  messages and reply to such requests coming from remote

       renju  Gomoku and Renju (in fact, renju is not  implemented  yet)  game
              for  two  players. When installed, you can send an invitation to
              your contact (contextual menu  on  the  roster).  If  the  other
              player  has  also  Tkabber  and  the  plugin  installed, he will
              recieve the invitation. If he accepts, a  window  will  open  on

              Reversi  (othello) game for two players. When installed, you can
              send an invitation to  your  contact  (contextual  menu  on  the
              roster).  If  the  other  player has also Tkabber and the plugin
              installed, he will recieve the  invitation.  If  he  accepts,  a
              window will open on both.

              Keeps  the  conversation  with  a person in just one window when
              that person sends messages from different resources  of  his/her
              JID:  when  the  new window for a one-on-one chat is about to be
              opened the plugin checks  whether  there  are  any  active  chat
              sessions   with   the  same  bare  JID  (that  is,  without  the
              "/resource" part) as that of the new chat. If  there  are,  they
              are  closed  with  their  conversation  log  and  input  history
              preserved, the new chat window is opened and then the saved data
              is  inserted  into  the  new window.  So effectively this plugin
              makes Tkabber keep just one chat window per bare JID open.

              Adds many ’social’ commands like /dance.  Includes  english  and
              russian files.

       spy    Logs  your  contacts  presence changes to a window or to a file.
              Allows to setup alert window for certain contacts.

              Allows to colorize backgrounds of the whole messages  placed  in
              the  conversation  logs  of Tkabber chat windows. Backgrounds of
              even and odd messages can be  configured  separately  from  each
              other (or not configured at all).

              Plugin,     which     makes    chatting    in    Tclers’    chat
              (  easier.   It  recognises  a   bot,   which
              connects  Jabber  room  with  IRC channel, and maps IRC users to
              Jabber conference participants.

              Plugin that adds KHIM (an  alternative  input  method  by  Kevin
              Kenny)  support  to  Tkabber. It can be used to input characters
              not directly available from installed keymaps.

              Approximately accounts incoming and  outgoing  XMPP  traffic  by
              addressees.   Traffic  estimation  is  good  only  if  no stream
              compression or encryption is used.  But  even  if  the  absolute
              values  are  incorrect, it still allows to find which remote JID
              consumes the highest traffic amount.

              Adds support for "Unix-style" (in fact,  GNU  Readline  and  GNU
              bash  -style)  keyboard  shortcuts  for text editing to all text
              entry widgets in Tkabber.

              Shared whiteboard, allows two contacts or a  whole  chatroom  to
              draw collaboratively.


       To install a plugin:

       1.     Create   the   directory  which  Tkabber  searches  for  plugins
              installed for the user:
              mkdir -p ~/.tkabber/plugins
              You have to do this only once.

       2.     Pick the plugin you would like to install.  Suppose this is  the
              georoster  plugin  providing  the  World  map  which depicts the
              geographical coordinates of the contacts on your roster.

       3.     Install it  by  creating  a  symbolic  link  from  the  plugin’s
              directory  to  the  directory of user’s plugins. Continuing with
              our georoster example, you will have to issue this command:
              ln -s /usr/share/tkabber-plugins/georoster ~/.tkabber/plugins

       4.     Repeat for any other plugins you want to install.

       5.     Restart Tkabber.

       To uninstall a plugin just remove its directory from the  directory  of
       the  user’s  plugins.  For  example,  to remove the installed georoster
       plugin issue this command:
       rm ~/.tkabber/plugins/georoster


       README files for various plugins under /usr/share/doc/tkabber-plugins


       Tkabber reference manual: /usr/share/doc/tkabber/tkabber.html

       Tkabber WWW site:

       Tkabber wiki pages:


       The plugins comprising the  tkabber-plugins  package  were  written  by
       various  people.  Please  consult the /usr/share/doc/copyright file for
       further details.

       This   manual   page    was    written    by    Konstantin    Khomoutov
       <>,  for  the  Debian project (but may be
       used by others).

                               October 27, 2009