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finch(1)                                                              finch(1)


       Finch  -  A Pimpin' Penguin console frontend to libpurple. Instant Mes-
       saging client.


       finch [options]


       finch is a console-based modular messaging client  based  on  libpurple
       which  is  capable  of  connecting to AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, 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, Microsoft, or Yahoo.


       The following options are provided by finch using the standard GNU com-
       mand line syntax:

       -d, --debug
              Print debugging messages to stderr and start with the Debug win-
              dow.  The messages shown in the Debug window are the same as the
              ones printed in stderr.

       -c, --config=DIR
              Use DIR as the directory for config files instead of  ~/.purple.

       -h, --help
              Print this help and exit.

       -n, --nologin
              Don't  automatically login when finch starts.  Sets all accounts
              to Offline.

       -v, --version
              Display the version information window.

GNT Shortcuts

       You can use the following shortcuts:

       Alt + a
              Bring up a list of available actions. You can use this  list  to
              access  the  accounts  window, plugins window, preference window

       Alt + n
              Go to the next window.

       Alt + p
              Go to the previous window.

       Alt + w
              Show the list of windows. You can select and jump to any  window
              from the list.

       Alt + c
              Close the current window.

       Alt + q

       Alt + m
              Start moving a window. Press the cursor keys to move the window.
              When you are done, press Enter or Escape.

       Alt + r
              Start resizing a window. Press the cursor  keys  to  resize  the
              window. When you are done, press Enter or Escape.

       Alt + D
              Dump the contents of the screen in HTML format.

       Alt + .
              Move  the  position of the current window in the window list one
              place to the right.

       Alt + ,
              Move the position of the current window in the window  list  one
              place to the left.

       Alt + l
              Refresh  the windows. This is useful after resizing the terminal

       Alt + 1 2 ... 0
              Jump to the 1st, 2nd ... 10th window.

       Alt + Tab
              Jump to the next URGENT (highlighted) window.

       Alt + Shift + Tab
              Jump to the previous URGENT (highlighted) window.

       Ctrl + o  or  F10
              Bring up the menu (if there is one) for a window.

       F11    Popup the context menu (if there is one) for the  selected  wid-

       Alt + /
              Show  a list of available key-bindings for the current widget in

       Alt + >
              Switch to the next workspace

       Alt + <
              Switch to the previous workspace

       Alt + t
              Tag (or untag) the current window

       Alt + T
              Attached all the tagged windows to the current workspace

       Alt + s
              Show the workspace list

       F9     Create a new workspace and switch to it


       ~/.gntrc: configuration file for gnt applications.

       A sample file looks like:
              color-available = green; black
              color-away = blue; black
              color-idle = gray; 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

              shadow = 0
              # There is experimental mouse support
              mouse = 1
              # To use some custom window-manager
              wm = /usr/local/lib/gnt/
              # There's also a custom window manager called
              # Remember window-positions based on the titles (on by default)
              remember_position = 1
              # Use borderless one-line high buttons
              small-button = true

              # Workspaces are created simply by adding Workspace-X groups  as
              name = blist
              # window-names specifies that windows with these semi-colon sep-
              arated names are placed into this workspace
              window-names = buddylist;debug-window

              name = IM
              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 names.
              window-titles = Preferences;Pounce

              # The RGB values range in [0, 1000]
              black = 0; 0; 0
              red = 1000; 0; 0
              green = 0; 1000; 0
              blue = 250; 250; 700
              white = 1000; 1000; 1000
              gray = 700; 700; 700
              darkgray = 256; 256; 256

              normal = white; black
              highlight = white; blue
              highlightd = black; gray
              shadow = black; darkgray
              title = white; blue
              titled = white; gray
              text = white; blue
              disabled = gray; black
              urgent = green; black

              # Remap some keys for GntEntry
              # Remap the up-arrow to the left-arrow
              ^[[A = ^[[D
              # Remap the down-arrow to the right-arrow
              ^[[B = ^[[C
              # Remap 'a' to 'bcd'
              a = bcd
              # Completely ignore the key 'q'
              q =
              # But the following will NOT work
              #abc = bcd

              # Hitting 'space' will activate a button
              \  = \r

Widget Actions

       You  can  specifiy  key-bindings  for  specific  widgets. The following
       entries in ~/.gntrc correspond  to  the  default  keybindings  for  the

       c-a = cursor-home
       home = cursor-home
       c-e = cursor-end
       end = cursor-end
       backspace = delete-prev
       del = delete-next
       c-d = delete-next
       c-u = delete-start
       c-k = delete-end
       c-b = cursor-prev
       left = cursor-prev
       c-f = cursor-next
       right = cursor-next
       tab = suggest-show
       down = suggest-next
       up = suggest-prev
       c-w = delete-prev-word
       a-b = cursor-prev-word
       a-f = cursor-next-word
       a-d = delete-next-word
       c-v = clipboard-paste

       up = move-up
       down = move-down
       c-n = move-down
       c-p = move-up
       pageup = page-up
       pagedown = page-down
       backspace = move-parent
       # Following is the default binding for the context-menu
       menu = context-menu
       #  The  following  will  let you open the context-menu in the buddylist
       with c-b
       # c-b = context-menu

       f11 = context-menu

       c-o = show-menu
       f10 = show-menu

       The c- corresponds to the Control key. You can also use ctrl-  or  ctr-
       or ctl- to indicate a combination. For alt-keys, you can use one of a-,
       alt-, m- or meta-. You can also use home, end, left, right etc. keys.

       To unbind a key which has a default binding, you simply bind it to  the
       empty  string.   For example, to unbind Alt + q from the Quit function,
       you would use:

       a-q =


       You can also specify key-bindings to trigger specific menuitems in win-
       dows.  For  example, the following entry in ~/.gntrc will bind Ctrl + t
       to the 'Send IM...' item in the buddylist:

       c-t = send-im

       The following is the list of IDs of the current menuitems in  the  bud-


Mouse Support

       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  ~/.gntrc
       (see the sample above).

Window Management

       The  default  window  management is very limited. But it is possible to
       write custom window managers to suit your needs. There is a sample win-
       dow-manager  included  (named 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
       ~/.gntrc file above to see how to select a window-manager.

       It  is  also possible to rebind the window-manager actions in ~/.gntrc,

       a-n = window-next
       a-p = window-prev
       a-c = window-close
       a-w = window-list
       a-d = dump-screen
       a-, = shift-left
       a-. = shift-right
       a-a = action-list
       a-m = start-move
       a-r = start-resize
       a-q = wm-quit
       a-l = refresh-screen
       a-s = workspace-list
       a-t = window-tag
       a-T = place-tagged
       a-C = toggle-clipboard
       a-/ = help-for-widget
       # The following action is still incomplete, and doesn't have a  default
       # switch-window-n
       # Other actions: window-next-urgent, window-prev-urgent

       # For the sample custom window manager
       a-b = toggle-buddylist

       # For the irssi window manager
       a-L = move-right
       a-H = move-left
       a-J = move-down
       a-K = move-up

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 accounts window.

              for the buddylist.

              for the debug window.

              for the plugins window.

       prefs  for the preferences window.

       status for the status window.


       FAQ for finch is located at


       Known bugs are listed at

       Before  sending  a  bug  report, please verify that you have the latest
       version of finch and libpurple.  Many bugs (major and minor) are  fixed
       at  each  release, and if yours is out of date, the problem may already
       have been solved.


       If you fix a bug in finch (or otherwise enhance it),  please  submit  a
       patch  (using  mtn  diff  > my.diff against the latest version from the
       Monotone repository) at

       You are also encouraged to drop by at #pidgin  on  to
       discuss development.



       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
       WITHOUT  ANY  WARRANTY;  without  even  the  implied  warranty  of MER-
       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 <>

       This    manpage    was    written    by    Sadrul    Habib    Chowdhury
       <>  and   Dennis   Ristuccia   <dennis@den->.


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