centerim - a text mode based IM client for Linux, *BSD, Sun
Solaris, MacOS X and possibly, other Unices. ICQ2000, Yahoo!, AIM TOC,
IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu and Jabber protocols are now supported. Internal
LiveJournal client and RSS reader are also provided.
This manual page documents briefly the
centerim is a text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface.
Currently ICQ2000, Yahoo!, AIM, IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu and Jabber protocols
are supported. It allows you to send, receive, and forward messages,
URLs, SMSes and, contacts, mass message send, search for users
(including extended "whitepages search"), view users' details, maintain
your contact list directly from the program (including non-icq
contacts), view the messages history, register a new UIN and update your
details, be informed on receiving email messages, automatically set away
after the defined period of inactivity (on any console), and have your
own ignore, visible and invisible lists. It can also associate events
with sounds, add events to the outgoing queue from command line, define
external event processing actions (like events auto-forwarding or
elizatalk), has support for Hebrew and Arabic languages and allows to
arrange contacts into groups.
use ascii characters to draw lines and boxes
display command line usage
show the program version info
-b, --basedir <directory>
specify another base directory; useful for having several IM identities
under the same UNIX account
-B, --bind <hostname/ip>
tells centerim to use the specified IP address for outgoing connections
disable title changing in xterm or screen
start with all protocols set offline
The following commands are used to put events to the outgoing queue from
the command line. If centerim is already running they're to be sent
immediately, otherwise they will be sent as soon as you go on-line.
-s, --send <event type>
This parameter specifies the type of event you want to send.
Currently only "msg", "url" and "sms" are supported.
-p, --proto <protocol type>
This one specifies to which IM network the destination contact
belongs. Can be "icq", "yahoo", "aim", "irc", "jab", "msn", "gg" or "lj".
-t, --to <nickname or UIN>
With this one you specify nickname or UIN of the
destination contact. For icq it's possible to specify 0 to send
events to yourself. Only SMSes are known to be possible to be sent
to oneself though.
-n, --number <phone number>
Using this parameter you can send SMSes to any mobile numbers
through the ICQ network.
The message text is read from the standard input, so use pipes in shell
to pass it. For example, you can say "hi" to me through the ICQ network
with the following command:
$ echo "hi" | centerim -s msg -p icq -t 17502151
In case you want to send an URL, the URL itself and its description are
separated with a newline character the following way: