Fwd: Re: Building, installing and using Finch on Ubuntu

Bill Fassler 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
> wrong?

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
recommend rxvt-unicode.)


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