Installing xchat

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One of the more interesting applications for such an old computer is to be able to talk on IRC. XChat is a graphic application (runs on X) for IRC talking and can be found on nekoware already compiled and almost-ready-to-use.

Almost? Yes. You have to resolve lots and lots of dependencies. In my case, I had to download 27 files incluiding the XChat tardist. Since some of you may have a slow internet connection (like me) and may download the files in another (speedier) place, here you have a list of files/dependencies that XChat have, and the dependencies of dependencies generated for the install of the libs.

08/12/2010  17:09           972.800 neko_atk-1.10.1.tardist
08/12/2010  17:25         3.921.920 neko_cairo-1.2.2.tardist
08/12/2010  17:25           788.480 neko_expat-2005-01-28.tardist
08/12/2010  17:21         3.676.160 neko_fontconfig-2.3.2.tardist
08/12/2010  17:27         3.041.280 neko_freetype2-2.1.10.tardist
08/12/2010  19:05        19.927.040 neko_gettext-0.17.tardist
08/12/2010  18:26         6.461.440 neko_glib-2.12.13.tardist
08/12/2010  17:33           839.680 neko_glitz-0.5.6.tardist
09/12/2010  00:05        31.918.080 neko_gtk+-2.10.14.tardist
08/12/2010  19:44           942.080 neko_libcroco-0.6.1.tardist
08/12/2010  18:18         4.792.320 neko_libiconv-1.11.tardist
09/12/2010  00:10         1.044.480 neko_libjpeg-6b.tardist
08/12/2010  18:31           419.840 neko_libpixman-0.1.6.tardist
08/12/2010  18:34         1.372.160 neko_libpng-1.2.29.tardist
08/12/2010  19:47           481.280 neko_libXft-2.1.10.tardist
08/12/2010  20:26        10.311.680 neko_libxml2-2.6.27.tardist
08/12/2010  18:33           317.440 neko_libxrender-0.8.4.tardist
08/12/2010  20:40         6.369.280 neko_ncurses-5.7.tardist
09/12/2010  00:17         1.177.600 neko_openjpeg-1.3.tardist
08/12/2010  19:27        10.383.360 neko_openssl-0.9.8k.tardist
08/12/2010  19:39         2.549.760 neko_pango-1.12.4.tardist
08/12/2010  20:32         2.048.000 neko_readline-4.3.tardist
08/12/2010  19:51           102.400 neko_render-0.8.tardist
09/12/2010  00:21         4.741.120 neko_tiff-3.8.2.tardist
08/12/2010  16:59         5.816.320 neko_windowmaker-0.92.0-r1.tardist
08/12/2010  16:29         2.662.400 neko_xchat-2.6.8.tardist
08/12/2010  19:18           675.840 neko_zlib-1.2.3-r1.tardist

Download all these files, and we can begin install.

  • Open Software Manager
  • point it to neko_xchat-2.6.8.tardist
  • Click Start
  • You'll see that it needs some libs, point to the dir with the libs, and let it install
  • Ready, it will not work :)

Before you run, remember to configure the desktop to 24bit color. Or else you'll have a nice CAIRO error.

That is it :) Enter your preffered irc server (irc.nekochan.net) and have phun! :)