Fwd: Re: Building, installing and using Finch on Ubuntu
bill.fassler at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 12 16:43:44 EDT 2007
Oops sorry Ethan, I meant to send this to the dev addy.
Bill Fassler <bill.fassler at yahoo.com> wrote: Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 13:27:14 -0700 (PDT)
From: Bill Fassler <bill.fassler at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Building, installing and using Finch on Ubuntu
To: Ethan Blanton <elb at pidgin.im>
No problem then I suppose. I have both a console and a terminal built on the embedded board I am trying to eventually get this to work on and I apologize for my ignorance.
Since I finally got through the first pass on all the cross compilations and got my first uClinux Finch binary I wanted to see how it was suppose to work on a regular Linux distribution.
I guess I am an old fart because I have never gotten into instant messeging and this whole experience is new to me. I created a yahoo IM ID and tested my account by chatting a little bit in windows using Yahoo. Then using my Ubuntu Finch I set up an account to use Yahoo with my ID/password and ugh nothing. I only have 2 or 3 buddies in my list (who might be off-line) but shouldn't I see something? Do I need to create a .gntrc file or use a different terminal as Ethan suggests to get anything to work?
Ethan Blanton <elb at pidgin.im> wrote: Bill Fassler spake unto us the following wisdom:
> I am trying to use Finch (a regular version on a Ubuntu box). I
> untarred a fresh untouched tarball and compiled and built with typical
> commands: (I.E. ./configure --disable-gtkui; make; make install). I
> see the finch binary in /usr/local/bin as I expect, but can't seem to
> launch it any way other than from a terminal and then the ncurses
> interface pops up (inside the terminal) and I can use the tab key to
> navigate a little, but all the functionality I should have as
> described on your "how to use finch" page doesn't seem to be there.
> For one example F10 pulls down the terminal menu and not Finch's menu
> (obviously a binding issue). I can use ALT-A to bring up the accounts
> and I can select a protocol, but then nothing seems to happen. I can't
> seem to figure out how to use it following the directions. I assume
> things might work better if I could get it to launch independently and
> not nested inside a terminal. Can anyone tell me what I am doing
The whole *point* of Finch is that it runs inside a terminal. Your
terminal should have some way to tell it not to trap keys, but to pass
them to the application; another option is selecting a terminal which
does not have this ignorant flaw. (I believe most of us would
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