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       BarnOwl - tty‐based zephyr client


       barnowl [-n] [-d] [-D] [-v] [-h] [-c CONFIGFILE] [-t TTY] [-s CONFIGDIR]


       BarnOwl  is  a fully integrated tty‐based instant messaging client.  Currently it supports
       AOL Instant Messenger, MIT Zephyr, Jabber, IRC, and Twitter.  It is  curses‐based,  allows
       for  emacs‐style  editing  of  outgoing  messages,  and  uses  Perl  as  an  extension and
       configuration language.  BarnOwl will also run happily without a configuration file.

       Once BarnOwl is started, typing ‘h’ will display a help screen.  Typing ‘:’ enters command
       mode, allowing the user to type a BarnOwl command line.


       The following command-line options are avilable when running BarnOwl:

       -n, --no-subs
              Do  not subscribe to zephyr messages on startup.  By default, BarnOwl subscribes to
              the default subscriptions and to  anything  found  in  ~/.zephyr.subs.   When  this
              option is used, no subscriptions are loaded.

       -c, --config-file=FILE
              Specify  an  alternate  config  file  for  BarnOwl  to  use.  The config file is an
              arbitrary Perl script evaluated in the  main  package,  and  if  it  overrides  the
              BarnOwl::startup  method that is run when BarnOwl starts.  (Compare ~/.owl/startup,
              which contains BarnOwl commands that are run at startup after the  config  file  is

              By default, BarnOwl uses the first of ~/.owl/, ~/.barnowlconf, or ~/.owlconf
              that exists.

       -s, --config-dir=DIR
              Specify an alternate configuration directory.  By default, BarnOwl uses ~/.owl/.

       -t, --tty=TTY
              Specify the tty name to use for the zephyr location.

       -v, --version
              Print the version number of BarnOwl and exit.

       -d, --debug
              Enable   debugging.    By   default,   debugging   information   is    placed    in

       -h, --help
              Print command‐line option help.


       Written  by  Nelson  Elhage  and  Alejandro  Sedeno  at  the  Massachusetts  Institute  of
       Technology.  Based on Owl by James Kretchmar.

       Comments, questions, and bug reports may be mailed to

                                           24 Jun 2011                                 BARNOWL(1)