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International Support

IMCom now handles international characters from what I've been told. Simply open your ~/.imcom/imcomrc file and add encoding tags to your profile. Example: <encoding>iso-8859-1</encoding>. Set it to the appropriate encoding for your locale and it should, in theory, be all happy.

What do you mean group support?

Each user can belong to zero or more groups. To show the groups a particular person belongs to use the membership command.

      IMCom> /membership airog

This would return the list of groups the user airog belongs to.

To see which users belong to a particular group use the show command.

       IMCom> /show lurker

This would return a list which looks very similar to the roster list except that it only shows users which are members of the group lurker.

To see a list of the groups that you have just use the show command with no arguments.

      IMCom> /show

This would return the list of groups currently in existance.

Note that you never actually have to create a group. Simply adding a user to a non-existing group will create that group.

There are currently two special groups: lurker and ignore.

The lurker group is used for people who you want to have Nick<->JID matching on, but don't want to see status updates for or even on your roster at all. For instance, I use the lurker group for people who I have on my list twice, once with their icq user and once with their jabber user. I add their icq user to my lurker group so I never see it unless I really want to. I also use it for people who I very rarely talk to. People who are a member of the lurker group will only ever show up if you use the show command to show the members of group lurker. If a user (bob) belongs to both lurker group and school group, and you use the show command to list the members of the school group bob will not appear in that list because he is a lurker. The only list a lurker will show up in is the lurker list.

The ignore group is used for people who you never want to see anything from.


  • To add a user to a group use the addgroup command. It will create the group if necessary.
  • To remove a user from a group use the delgroup command. It will remove the group if no users exist in the group anymore.
  • To set a user belonging to just one group use the setgroup command. It will create the group if necessary.

$0 through $9

The person who most recently evented you is stored in $0 through $9. Events include messages, auth requests, file requests, basically everything EXCEPT status changes.

This is an advanced feature and not yet well tested at of version 0.62. It is useful when messages you because you can then just

      IMCom> /info $0

To get info on


This is another advanced feature that was requested. Basically aliases are textual-substitution commands. That is, you can shorten one command line to a single command. For instance, say you are running on a unix system and want to bind the command /cls to clear the screen. You could

      IMCom> /alias /clear ! clear

Which would create the alias /clear, which would literally run ! clear

Let say I message user bob often. I could

      IMCom> /alias /bob /msg bob

which would allow me to

      IMCom> /bob hi!

Sending the message "hi!" to bob.


  • To get a list of aliases use just /alias
  • To remove an alias use /unalias [alias-name]
    eg: /unalias /bob
  • To save aliases to your preferences issue a saveprefs command, which defaults to /saveprefs

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