Provided by: python-msnlib_3.8-1_all
msn - An opensource Python implementation for the MSN messenger
protocol version 8
This manual page documents briefly the msn command.
This manual page was written for the Debian distribution because the
original program does not have a manual page.
msn is a program intended to be used as a proof of concept for the
msnlib functions. It shows some of the capabilities of the library.
When a profilename is passed as parameter, msn will use that profile
account information (previously configured and stored by msnsetup) to
The program has a builtin command "help" which shows the latest list of
commands available for the program. Below is the complete list of
In most cases, when you are asked for a nick, you can alternatively
enter the email. This makes it easier to handle people with weird or
Shows the current status, or changes it to "mode", which can be one
of: online, away, busy, brb, phone, lunch, invisible, idle
Quits the program.
Prints your entire contact list. Contacts connected are highlighted
Prints your entire contact list, including email addresses.
Prints your entire contact list, including real nicknames.
Prints your reverse contact list (this is simply the list of all
the people who have you on their contact list).
Prints the differences between your forward and reverse lists.
Prints your online contacts.
Prints your online contacts, including email addresses.
Prints your online contacts with the groups.
Prints your online contacts, including real nicknames.
Shows your incoming message history. This is a list of the last N
messages that you received. The amount is configurable with the
directive "input history size" in the msnrc file, which defaults to
add email [nick][groupname]
Adds the user "email" with the nickname "nick" to the group
Deletes the user with nick "nick".
ren nick newnick
Renames the user with nick "nick" to appear as "newnick".
Without parameters shows your personal info. If a nick is passed as
parameter, shows the user information and pending messages (if
any). It also includes some advanced information (like the server
socket or tid).
Locally ignores the user, or displays the locally ignored users
list. This makes the messages coming from the user not to be
displayed, but they are still logged so you can see them later.
Removes a user from the locally ignored users list.
Blocks a user.
Unblocks a blocked user.
Shows the groups list.
Adds the group "gname".
Deletes the group "gname". Note that all the users in the group
will be deleted too.
gren old new
Renames the group "old" with the name "new".
Shows the available color themes, or sets the color theme to
Closes the switchboard connection with "nick". There is no need to
use this command and is included just for advanced users and
Shows the configuration, in the internal representation, along with
other special automatic variables. This means that many commands
and values won't have the same format; for instance, instead of
'yes' you will often see a "1". This command is mostly exclusively
included for bug reporting.
Shows the user information and pending messages (if any), or your
Changes your nick to "newnick", or shows your current nick.
privacy p a
Sets whether to accept messages from people who is not on your list
(p) and require authorization (a).
m nick text
Sends a message to "nick" with the "text". The standard and most
practical way of sending a message. Tab completion expands to this.
Sends a message with "text" to the last person you sent a message
Sends a message with "text" to the last person that sent you a
invite nick1 to nick2
Invites nick1 into the chat with nick2.
The default configuration file for the account information, stored
The configuration file for a specific profile name that stores that
account information, chosen by the user and stored by msnsetup.
The following diagnostics may be issued on stderr:
Bad configuration file. Exiting.
The configuration file seems to contain a broken configuration
line. Use the --verbose option, to get more info.
msn provides some return codes, that can be used in scripts:
0 Program exited successfully.
1 The configuration file seems to be broken.
Comments and patches are always welcome; please send them to
Further information on how to report a bug can be found inside the
documentation directory, in the file 'reporting_bugs'.
Julia Palandri <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wrote this manpage for the Debian system.
Copyright © 2011 Julia Palandri
This manual page was written for the Debian system (and may be used by
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 or (at
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On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License
can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.