having pidgin run commands from the im windows?

Ankit Singla anksingla at gmail.com
Sun Dec 2 14:28:34 EST 2007

EternalOrb at gmail.com wrote:
> """""* Conor Fitzsimons had this to say on [01 Dec 2007, 23:36:37 -0500]:
> It sounds like you want to use the command API in purple. Look at the
> uses of purple_cmd_register in pidgin source.
> We can probably have a 'Command API How-To'. John? :D
> Sadrul
> """""
> as a branch from the above, 
> would it be possible to modify the above suggestion to include not only commands that effect pidgin that the local user enters (see examples above),
> but to grab command text, which i would assume needs a specific formatting, that could run commands on a local machine via input from a remote user?
> as an example: my roommate and myself constantly torrent, but many times the other is not in the apartment, and has his door locked. well, 
> if our torrents are leaching bandwidth to the point that webbrowsing is pointless, it would be a nice thing to simply be able to send the other an IM
> (both of us use pidgin) saying something to the tune of "-/- close torrent program", and on our local machines, we could have pidgin configured that 
> when it received that message, it would follow a specific set of user defined instructions, namely, close the torrent program.

Hm...if I understand you correctly, you want a way for another user to 
run commands on your computer. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that a 
huge security risk? I'm sure it's possible to implement. It would 
require parsing every incoming message and if one comes in starting with 
a certain string then run whatever follows as a command. It just seems 
like a bad idea.

> i must admit, i am not all that familiar with operating systems as of now, i dont begin coursework on them for another term, and i havnt had time to 
> keep up with all the changes that all of the pidgin developers have made. so i believe that my question may be completely out of place seeing as
> other programs can accomplish the same result. but i do intend to take a look at the command API, now that youve suggested it. 
> cant blame a guy for asking though, right?
> Cheers-
> -Mike J.
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