2019-01-23 Slack via Bitlbee on Windows

Using Windows and Cygwin. I already had a working Bitlbee installation.

I used the Cygwin installer to install libpurple and libpurple-dev.

I rebuilt bitlbee with libpurple support:

./configure --purple=1 --twitter=0
make && make install

If you now restart bitlbee and use plugins you won’t see Slack:

Plugin                          Version
icq                             2.13.0
irc                             2.13.0
jabber                          2.13.0
novell                          2.13.0
oscar                           2.13.0
simple                          2.13.0
zephyr                          2.13.0

Then I cloned slack-libpurple and built it. This required some changes to the Makefile. I removed all the code that was about Windows but retained the LIBNAME.

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index 9874d94..7eb4bd0 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -18,35 +18,7 @@ C_OBJS = $(C_SRCS:.c=.o)


-ifeq ($(OS),Windows_NT)
-PIDGIN_TREE_TOP ?= ../pidgin-2.10.11
-WIN32_DEV_TOP ?= $(PIDGIN_TREE_TOP)/../win32-dev
-WIN32_CC ?= $(WIN32_DEV_TOP)/mingw-4.7.2/bin/gcc
-ifndef PROGFILES32
-CC = $(WIN32_DEV_TOP)/mingw-4.7.2/bin/gcc
-    -g \
-    -O2 \
-    -Wall \
-    -std=c99 \
-       -I$(PIDGIN_TREE_TOP)/libpurple \
-       -I$(WIN32_DEV_TOP)/glib-2.28.8/include -I$(WIN32_DEV_TOP)/glib-2.28.8/include/glib-2.0 -I$(WIN32_DEV_TOP)/glib-2.28.8/lib/glib-2.0/include
-LIBS = -L$(WIN32_DEV_TOP)/glib-2.28.8/lib -L$(PIDGIN_TREE_TOP)/libpurple -lpurple -lintl -lglib-2.0 -lgobject-2.0 -g -ggdb -static-libgcc -lz -lws2_32

 PLUGIN_DIR_PURPLE:=$(DESTDIR)$(shell pkg-config --variable=plugindir $(PURPLE_MOD))
@@ -66,8 +38,6 @@ CFLAGS = \

 LIBS = $(shell pkg-config --libs $(PKGS))

 .PHONY: all
 all: $(LIBNAME)

And now I was ready to build:

make && make install

And now plugins prints:

Plugin                          Version
icq                             2.13.0
irc                             2.13.0
jabber                          2.13.0
novell                          2.13.0
oscar                           2.13.0
simple                          2.13.0
slack                           0.1
zephyr                          2.13.0
Enabled Protocols: aim, discord, icq, irc,
jabber, mastodon, novell, oscar, simple, slack, zephyr

Get a legacy token. You can enter your token as the account password, says the README.

However, account add slack <email> <token> gives me the warning Note: this account doesn't use password for login. Hm.

But worse, when I then use account slack on I get the error Login error: Daemon mode detected. Do *not* try to use libpurple in daemon mode! Please use inetd or ForkDaemon mode instead.

Ouch. Changing the way I’m starting Bitlbee, now:

c:/cygwin64/usr/local/sbin/bitlbee.exe -n -F -v -d c:/Users/asc/AppData/Roaming/.bitlbee

And now it works!

  1. make sure your username is set to <something>@<slack server> (and not your email address)
  2. make sure your password is set to the token you generated on the website

If you know the name of a Slack room, you can create it in Bitlbee, too:

chat add slack general #general
/join #general

Note that if the channel name contains non-ASCII characters, you need to translate that into an ASCII-only channel name for Bitlbee:

chat add slack zufällig #zufaellig
/join #zufaellig



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