Managing contact lists
After you've established your connection to each network you'll see the &bitlbee chat room appear. This is the control channel where you can enter commands. In the contact list you'll see your online and away contacts, however the offline contacts are not included.
It's also possible to have channels for each account with only the users of that account listed. This can be done with the /join &$account type syntax.
First a list of your accounts.
11:38 me: acc list 11:38 root: 0 (gtalk): jabber, email@example.com (connected) 11:38 root: 1 (jabber): jabber, firstname.lastname@example.org (connected) 11:38 root: 2 (icq): oscar, 012345678 (connected) 11:38 root: 3 (skype): skype, skypehandle 11:38 root: End of account list
To have a dedicated channel for all contacts of a specific account first add a channel for an account.
11:38 me: /join >alk
Now check the settings of this new channel.
11:31 me: channel >alk set 11:31 root: account is empty 11:31 root: auto_join = `true' 11:31 root: fill_by = `group' 11:31 root: group is `gtalk' 11:31 root: protocol is empty 11:31 root: show_users = `online+,away' 11:31 root: type = `control'
Notice that here the group gtalk is the source of contacts in this channel.
We can change this to include contacts from the account instead.
11:28 me: channel >alk set account gtalk 11:28 root: account = `gtalk' 11:28 me: channel >alk set fill_by account 11:28 root: fill_by = `account'
And we can also include offline contacts in the list.
11:28 me: channel >alk set show_users online+,away,offline 11:28 root: show_users = `online+,away,offline'
Now online contacts will be shown as having voice (this is indicated by the +), and both away and offline contacts will be shown as ordinary users. If we want to be able to tell away and offline contacts apart, we can assign each group a different status:
11:29 me: channel >alk set show_users online%,away+,offline 11:29 root: show_users = `online%,away+,offline'
Now online users will be shown as having halfops, away users as having voice, and offline users as ordinary users. You can find out more about the options available for the show_users setting by typing help set show_users in a control channel.
The final settings should look something like this:
11:31 me: channel >alk set 11:31 root: account is 'gtalk' 11:31 root: auto_join = `true' 11:31 root: fill_by = `account' 11:31 root: group is empty 11:31 root: protocol is empty 11:31 root: show_users = `online%,away+,offline' 11:31 root: type = `control'
Do this for each account you want to have a dedicated contacts channel for.