On Fri, 21 Apr 2006 16:42:59 -0400, Jim Spath wrote
> Hi there,
> I wanted to know if it was feasible to write a command-line Perl app
> which uses Gaim to send and receive messages. I know that
> http://www.meebo.com/ uses Gaim in this manner to handle its
> The reason I ask is that I wrote an IM bot in Perl, using Net::OSCAR,
> about an year and half ago which I use daily. I'm looking to support
> more protocols now and Gaim would an excellent substitution for
> I did a brief overview of the Perl docs you guys have, and wasn't quite
> sure if I could do what I needed to, since Perl seems to be limited
> to plugin status in Gaim.
> I'm happy to dive more in depth with the docs, but it would be nice
> if you guys could tell me if the idea is feasible or not, and if it
> is, give me a nudge in the right direction to get started.
> Thank you for your time and effort,
If you're restricting yourself to using perl then there is no way to avoid
having the Gaim buddy list window open, etc. You would basically be running a
normal Gaim instance and running a perl script in the background that IMs people.
If you wrote a C plugin or TCL script you would be in the same boat.
The only way to avoid this is to write a simple/stub console "UI" using C.
Then you could still run a perl script to do whatever in the background.
There is some info on writing perl scripts at
FYI, if you're writing this because you want to spam people, a word of advice:
Don't. Because I will kill you. I don't mean this figuratively. I mean
that I will find out where you live, come to your house and kill you.