2018-02-08 Bitlbee on Windows with Cygwin

Installing Bitlbee on Windows with Cygwin... I had to install the development packages of libglib2, gnutls and libgcrpyt using Cygwin:

$ ./configure --msn=0 --jabber=0 --oscar=0 --twitter=0
BitlBee configure
Architecture: CYGWIN_NT-6.1

Configuration done:
  Debugging disabled.
  AddressSanitizer (ASAN) disabled.
  Building non-PIE executable
  Binary stripping disabled.
  Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging disabled.
  systemd disabled.
  Using event handler: glib
  Using SSL library: gnutls
  Building without IM-protocol support. We wish you a lot of fun...

I like how there is an extra comment if you disable all the protocols. All I want is the Mastodon plugin!

make install
make install-dev

No problems, so far.

For the Mastodon plugin, some more stuff was required. I already had autoconf installed but libtool and automake was missing. Notice how I had to set the environment variable. PKG_CONFIG_PATH. When I made install-dev above, I saw the output install -p -m 0644 bitlbee.pc /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig so I assumed everything had been installed correctly. I don’t know why this is considered to be a non-standard location but here we are.

PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/ ./configure

Sadly, linking still fails.

libtool:   error: can't build x86_64-unknown-cygwin shared library unless -no-undefined is specified

The solution to that is to add a line in src/Makefile. In this fragment, the line with $(BITLBEE_LIBS) is new.

mastodon_la_LDFLAGS = \
	-module \
	-avoid-version \

Now you should be able to build it:

make install
libtool --finish /usr/local/lib/bitlbee/

And you can start it:

mkdir /usr/local/etc/bitlbee
touch /usr/local/etc/bitlbee/bitlbee.conf
mkdir /var/lib/bitlbee
/usr/local/sbin/bitlbee -nD

But notice the warning:

Warning: Can't find function `init_plugin_info' in `/usr/local/lib/bitlbee/mastodon.dll'

This does not bode well.

But you can connect using your favorite IRC client!

Help works!

help mastodon

And thus:

register *secret*
account add mastodon @kensanata
account mastodon set base_url https://octodon.social/api/v1
account mastodon on

I’m getting a message with the URL from mastodon_oauth, get the token from the website, and I’m online!

Don’t forget to save your bitlbee account and your Mastodon account:





The same goes for bitlbee-discord:

PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/ ./configure

Fix src/Makefile:

discord_la_LDFLAGS = \
	-module \
	-avoid-version \

And continue:

make install
libtool --finish /usr/local/lib/bitlbee/

Start bitlbee. Verify that plugins in the &bitlbee channel shows discord.

Don’t forget how much work it is to set up channels:

  1. chat list discord
  2. chat add discord !1 #mydiscordchannel
  3. chan #mydiscordchannel set auto_join true
  4. /join #mydiscordchannel

Repeat steps 2-4 for every channel you want to join.

– Alex Schroeder 2018-03-19 09:36 UTC

I dropped all my Discord stuff, though.

– Alex Schroeder 2018-05-22 14:17 UTC

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