A little guidance for protocol plugins
jeremy at blazonco.com
Fri May 8 20:30:16 EDT 2009
Executive summary: I have an idea for a (hopefully pretty simple)
protocol plugin. Basically, it would log in over SSH to a server, get a
pty, use a periodic `who` to get the buddy list (being the other users
logged in to that machine), and use the `write` command to send
messages. In turn, it would listen on the pty for messages from other
users (as well as broadcast messages from `wall`).
I basically want to check that nobody has done this already, and to ask:
what's the best way to get started building and testing plugins? I am
using Windows; have cygwin and mingw, and the pidgin source. Is there a
skeleton protocol plugin I can start with? And once I manage to build
my plugin, do I just drop it into pidgin's plugins directory and
restart? I've never worked with gtk; am I going to have to write any
GUIs for configuring my plugin? (Specifying server, username, which RSH
to use, etc).
Thanks for any guidance!
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