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       centerim - a text mode based IM client for Linux, *BSD, Sun Solaris, MacOS X and possibly,
       other Unices. ICQ2000, Yahoo!, AIM TOC, IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu and Jabber protocols  are  now
       supported. Internal LiveJournal client and RSS reader are also provided.


       centerim [ option ] ...


       This manual page documents briefly the centerim command.

       centerim  is a text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface.  Currently ICQ2000, Yahoo!,
       AIM, IRC, MSN, Gadu-Gadu and Jabber protocols  are  supported.  It  allows  you  to  send,
       receive,  and  forward  messages, URLs, SMSes and, contacts, mass message send, search for
       users (including extended "whitepages search"), view users' details, maintain your contact
       list  directly  from  the program (including non-icq contacts), view the messages history,
       register a new UIN and update your details,  be  informed  on  receiving  email  messages,
       automatically  set  away after the defined period of inactivity (on any console), and have
       your own ignore, visible and invisible lists. It can also associate  events  with  sounds,
       add  events  to  the  outgoing  queue  from command line, define external event processing
       actions (like events auto-forwarding or elizatalk), has  support  for  Hebrew  and  Arabic
       languages and allows to arrange contacts into groups.


       -a, --ascii
              use ascii characters to draw lines and boxes

       -h, --help
              display command line usage

       -v, --version
              show the program version info

       -b, --basedir <directory>
              specify  another  base directory; useful for having several IM identities under the
              same UNIX account

       -B, --bind <hostname/ip>
              tells centerim to use the specified IP address for outgoing connections

       -B, --no-xtitles
              disable title changing in xterm or screen

       -o, --offline
              start with all protocols set offline

       The following commands are used to put events to the outgoing queue from the command line.
       If centerim is already running they're to be sent immediately, otherwise they will be sent
       as soon as you go on-line.

       -s, --send <event type>
              This parameter specifies the type of event you want to send.  Currently only "msg",
              "url" and "sms" are supported.

       -p, --proto <protocol type>
              This  one  specifies  to  which  IM network the destination contact belongs. Can be
              "icq", "yahoo", "aim", "irc", "jab", "msn", "gg" or "lj".

       -t, --to <nickname or UIN>
              With this one you specify nickname or UIN of the destination contact. For icq  it's
              possible  to  specify  0  to  send  events  to yourself. Only SMSes are known to be
              possible to be sent to oneself though.

       -n, --number <phone number>
              Using this parameter you can send SMSes to  any  mobile  numbers  through  the  ICQ

       The  message  text  is read from the standard input, so use pipes in shell to pass it. For
       example, you can say "hi" to me through the ICQ network with the following command:

           $ echo "hi" | centerim -s msg -p icq -t 17502151

       In case you want to send an URL, the URL itself and its description are separated  with  a
       newline character the following way:

           $  echo -e "\nMy modest homepage."     | centerim -s url -p icq -t

       Please note, that all three parameters are required in order to queue an event.

       Finally, a small example of sending SMSes:

           $ echo "sms test" | centerim -s sms -n 1234567890

       It's also possible to change your current status on  a  particular  IM  network  with  the
       following command line option.

       -S, --status <status letter>
              The  argument  parameter  is  a letter which indicates which status is to be set: o
              (Online), _ (Offline), a (Away), d (Don't disturb), n (N/A), c (Occupied), f  (Free
              for chat), i (Invisible)

       -p or --proto <protocol name>
              Exactly the same like it was described for the previous command.


           $ centerim -S _ -p icq

       This  will  set  the  icq  status  to  offline.  In  other  words,  it'll  be disconnected

           $ centerim -S a -p yahoo

       And this command will switch your yahoo status to away.


       centerim 4.22.1


       Report any bugs at our Bugzilla site at


       This page and centerim was originally written by Konstantin Klyagin.   Currently,  several
       people are maintaining this software project.


                                          April 2, 2007                               CENTERIM(1)