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       Net::Jabber::Bot - Automated Bot creation with safeties


       Version 2.1.5


       Program design: This is a Moose based Class.

       The idea behind the module is that someone creating a bot should not really have to know a
       whole lot about how the Jabber protocol works in order to use it. It also allows us to
       abstract away all the things that can get a bot maker into trouble. Essentially the object
       helps protect the coders from their own mistakes.

       All someone should have to know and define in the program away from the object is:

       1. Config - Where to connect, how often to do things, timers, etc
       2. A subroutine to be called by the bot object when a new message comes in.
       3. A subroutine to be called by the bot object every so often that lets the user do
       background activities (check logs, monitor web pages, etc.),

       The object at present has the following enforced safeties as long as you do not override
       safety mode:

       1. Limits messages per second, configurable at start up, (Max is 5 per second) by
       requiring a sleep timer in the message sending subroutine each time one is sent.
       2. Endless loops of responding to self prevented by now allowing the bot message
       processing subroutine to know about messages from self
       3. Forum join grace period to prevent bot from reacting to historical messages
       4. Configurable aliases the bot will respond to per forum
       5. Limits maximum message size, preventing messages that are too large from being sent
       (largest configurable message size limit is 1000).
       6. Automatic chunking of messages to split up large messages in message sending subroutine
       7. Limit on messages per hour. (max configurable limit of 125) Messages are visible via
       log4perl, but not ever be sent once the message limit is reached for that hour.


       new Minimal:
               my $bot = Net::Jabber::Bot->new(
                                             server => '' # Name of server when
           sending messages internally.
                                           , conference_server => ''
                                           , port => 522
                                           , username => 'username'
                                           , password => 'pasword'
                                           , safety_mode => 1
                                           , message_function => \&new_bot_message
                                           , background_function => \&background_checks
                                           , forums_and_responses => \%forum_list

           All options:
               my $bot = Net::Jabber::Bot->new(
                                             server => '' # Name of server when
           sending messages internally.
                                           , conference_server => ''
                                           , server_host => '' # used to specify
           what jabber server to connect to on connect?
                                           , tls => 0 # set to 1 for google
                                           , connection_type => 'tcpip'
                                           , port => 522
                                           , username => 'username'
                                           , password => 'pasword'
                                           , alias => 'cpan_bot'
                                           , message_function => \&new_bot_message
                                           , background_function => \&background_checks
                                           , loop_sleep_time => 15
                                           , process_timeout => 5
                                           , forums_and_responses => \%forum_list
                                           , ignore_server_messages => 1
                                           , ignore_self_messages => 1
                                           , out_messages_per_second => 4
                                           , max_message_size => 1000
                                           , max_messages_per_hour => 100

           Setup the object and connect to the server. Hash values are passed to new as a hash.

           The following initialization variables can be passed. Only marked variables are
           required (TODO)

                    safety_mode = (1,0)

                Determines if the bot safety features are turned on and enforced. This mode is on
                by default. Many of the safety features are here to assure you do not crash your
                favorite jabber server with floods, etc. DO NOT turn it off unless you're sure
                you know what you're doing (not just Sledge Hammer ceratin)

                Jabber server name

                Defaults to the same value set for 'server' above.  This is where the bot
                initially connects. For google for instance, you should set this to ''

                conferencee server (usually conference.$server_name)

           port Defaults to 5222

           tls Boolean value. defaults to 0. for google, it is know that this value must be 1 to
           connection_type defaults to 'tcpip' also takes 'http'
                The user you authenticate with to access the server. Not full name, just the
                stuff to the left of the @...

                password to get into the server

                This will be your nickname in rooms, as well as the login resource (which can't
                have duplicates). I couldn't come up with any reason these should not be the same
                so hardcoded them to be the same.

                A hash ref which lists the forum names to join as the keys and the values are an
                array reference to a list of strings they are supposed to be responsive to.  The
                array is order sensitive and an empty string means it is going to respond to all
                messages in this forum. Make sure you list this last.

                The found 'response string' is assumed to be at the beginning of the message. The
                message_funtion function will be called with the modified string.

                alias = jbot:, attention:


                    message: 'jbot: help'

                    passed to callback: 'help'

                The subroutine the bot will call when a new message is recieved by the bot. Only
                called if the bot's logic decides it's something you need to know about.

                The subroutine the bot will call when every so often (loop_sleep_time) to allow
                you to do background activities outside jabber stuff (check logs, web pages,

                Frequency background function is called.

                Time Process() will wait if no new activity is received from the server

                Boolean value as to whether we should ignore messages sent to us from the jabber
                server (addresses can be a little cryptic and hard to process)

                Boolean value as to whether we should ignore messages sent by us.

                BE CAREFUL if you turn this on!!! Turning this on risks potentially endless
                loops. If you're going to do this, please be sure safety is turned on at least

                Limits the number of messages per second. Number must be <gt> 0

                default: 5

                safety: 5

                Specify maximimum size a message can be before it's split and sent in pieces.

                default: 1,000,000

                safetey: 1,000

                Limits the number of messages per hour before we refuse to send them

                default: 125

                safetey: 166

           Joins a jabber forum and sleeps safety time. Also prevents the object from responding
           to messages for a grace period in efforts to get it to not respond to historical
           messages. This has failed sometimes.

           NOTE: No error detection for join failure is present at the moment. (TODO)

           Mostly calls it's client connection's "Process" call.  Also assures a timeout is
           enforced if not fed to the subroutine You really should not have to call this very
           often.  You should mostly be calling Start() and just let the Bot kernel handle all

           Primary subroutine save new called by the program. Does an endless loop of: 1. Process
           2. If Process failed, Reconnect to server over larger and larger timeout 3. run
           background process fed from new, telling it who I am and how many loops we have been
           through.  4. Enforce a sleep to prevent server floods.

           You should not ever need to use this. the Start() kernel usually figures this out and
           calls it.

           Internal process 1. Disconnects 3. Re-initializes

           Disconnects from server if client object is defined. Assures the client object is

           Reports connect state (true/false) based on the status of client_start_time.

       _process_jabber_message - DO NOT CALL
           Handles incoming messages.


           Returns the array of messages we are monitoring for in supplied forum or replies with

       _jabber_in_iq_message - DO NOT CALL
           Called when the client receives new messages during Process of this type.

       _jabber_presence_message - DO NOT CALL
           Called when the client receives new presence messages during Process.  Mostly we are
           just pushing the data down into the client DB for later processing.

               $bot->respond_to_self_messages($value = 1);

           Tells the bot to start reacting to it\'s own messages if non-zero is passed. Default
           is 1.


           replys with number of messages sent so far this hour.

           Validates that we are in safety mode. Returns a bool as long as we are an object,
           otherwise returns undef

               $bot->SendGroupMessage($name, $message);

           Tells the bot to send a message to the recipient room name

               $bot->SendPersonalMessage($recipient, $message);

           How to send an individual message to someone.

           $recipient must read as user@server/Resource or it will not send.

               $bot->SendJabberMessage($recipient, $message, $message_type, $subject);

           The master subroutine to send a message. Called either by the user,
           SendPersonalMessage, or SendGroupMessage. Sometimes there is call to call it directly
           when you do not feel like figuring you messaged you.  Assures message size does not
           exceed a limit and chops it into pieces if need be.

           NOTE: non-printable characters (unicode included) will be stripped before sending to
           the server via:

               $bot->SetForumSubject($recipient, $subject);

           Sets the subject of a forum

               $bot->ChangeStatus($presence_mode, $status_string);

           Sets the Bot's presence status.  $presence mode could be something like: (Chat,
           Available, Away, Ext. Away, Do Not Disturb).  $status_string is an optional comment to
           go with your presence mode. It is not required.


           Returns a list of the people logged into the server.  I suspect we really want to know
           who is in a paticular forum right?  In which case we need another sub for this.

           Need documentation from Yago on this sub.

           Need documentation from Yago on this sub.

           Need documentation from Yago on this sub.


       Todd Rinaldo "< >"


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       make changes.


       You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

           perldoc Net::Jabber::Bot

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       Copyright 2007 Todd E Rinaldo, all rights reserved.

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.