Converting Pidgin configs to BitlBee
In case you're migrating to BitlBee from Pidgin, Finch or Adium, there may be a useful tool in the utils subdirectory (some packages install it under /usr/share/doc/bitlbee) called convert_purple.py. If you can't find it, you can find a copy on https://github.com/bitlbee/bitlbee/blob/master/utils/convert_purple.py. It reads libpurple configs and generates account add commands that you can paste in your &bitlbee, like this:
wilmer@ruby:~/src/bitlbee/devel$ utils/convert_purple.py -f ~/.purple/ To copy all your Pidgin accounts to BitlBee, just copy-paste the following commands into your &bitlbee channel: account add yahoo wiltux xxx account add oscar 55707076 xxx account add msn firstname.lastname@example.org xxx
With a flag -x it will instead generate XML data that you can write to your account file in /var/lib/bitlbee.
The script doesn't currently read the aliases file, but maybe a future version will. Patches are welcome!