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ICQ contacts shown offline?

Your buddy list in ICQ (especially when using centericq/centerim) seems to be shorter than usual since a few days? Check bug 39 in centerim’s bug tracking system.

Ok, just another chance to get rid of the centericq/centerim stuff, right? One option is to use the IRC instant messaging gateway BitlBee (especially if you are used to IRC client Irssi you’ll like it :-)).

Copy/paste instructions how to set up BitlBee (my reference system is a Debian/stable system using xinetd):

# apt-get install bitlbee

# cat > /etc/xinetd.d/bitlbee << EOF
service bitlbee
        socket_type     = stream
        protocol        = tcp
        wait            = no
        user            = bitlbee
        server          = /usr/sbin/bitlbee
        port            = 6667
        disable         = no
# /etc/init.d/xinet restart

# cat >> /etc/hosts.allow << EOF

# cat >> /etc/services << EOF
bitlbee         6667/tcp

Then connect to localhost 6667 in your IRC client and start with reading ‘help quickstart’. Enjoy it.

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