BitlBee is an IRC instant messaging gateway licensed under the terms of
the GPL. It communicates with the end user via the IRC protocol whilst
interacting with popular chat networks such as AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo,
and Jabber. The user's buddies appear as normal IRC users in a channel,
and conversations use the private message facility of IRC.
After your installation you will need to configure bitlbee. There are
two ways starting bitlbee: Either as a forked deamon (preferred), or
the old way of starting it through inetd (mostly deprecated these days).
Bitlbee now includes a standard rc.bitlbee. To have this start on boot-up,
add the following code to /etc/rc.d/rc.local for example
if [ -x /etc/rc.d/rc.bitlbee ]; then
If you choose to use inetd , you need to modify your /etc/inetd.conf
so bitlbee will be started when /etc/rc.d/rc.inetd is called on bootup.
Add the line below to your /etc/inetd.conf file:
6667 stream tcp nowait nobody /usr/sbin/tcpd
Restart inetd (/etc/rc.d/rc.inetd restart). All that is left to do now
is connect your irc client to the localhost.
if you want to use libevent for events, instead of the default glib,
install libevent and run the script like this: EVENTS=libevent
OTR (Off the record) is not compiled by default. If you want bitlbee
to compile with OTR capabilities, you'll need to install libotr from
Slackware and run the script as follows: OTR=yes ./bitlbee.SlackBuild
NOTE: The default "bot"/bitlbee daemon is called 'root'. This is not
the root user on your system. You can easily change it. Register and
identify yourself first, and then:
rename root BitlBot (or whatever you want)
NOTE: Since bitlbee now runs as a daemon instead of from inetd, bitlbee
runs under its own user (UID/GID: 250). If you have older databases
of bitlbee, you may want to change the permissions on the files in
Maintained by: Michiel van Wessem
Approved by: dsomero
(the SlackBuild does not include the source)