Anyone found a chat prog they can use on DH?


#1

I have been looking for a stand alone (preferably) Chat program I can run on DH. Some I have found, DH doesn’t trust. They recommended Jabber, but I haven’t had any luck getting it running and no help from Jabber’s support.

Hope someone can recommend something.

“Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”


#2

Ach, the Grail.

I got jabber working fine but the logistics of getting naive users set up to use it failed miserably. They can’t manage PDF attachments – they aren’t going to install and configure Exodus or PSI, no matter how easy it is. “My browser gave a dire warning when I clicked on the file you said to download.” Having to set up accounts manually? Not practical. Etc.

That seems to leave either ‘refresh’ scripts that hammer DH servers (not an option - I like it here) or remotely hosted solutions. I finally gave up and spent the $ for a remotely hosted solution. (In my case, Invision Chat, integrated with an Invision Power Board forum: http://www.invisionchat.com/) It’s pretty crude, but it is dead simple and works for anyone who can manage to get registered on a forum. I would love a reasonable free alternative. And ‘cheers’ to your sig quote. Our dogs, may we deserve them.


#3

I don’t know exactly what you are looking for, but there are web based jabber programs. Some have chatrooms and work with Yahoo IM, ICQ, etc.

http://webmessenger.sourceforge.net/whatis.php

http://jwchat.sourceforge.net/

http://jpt.jabberstudio.org/

There are many more on sourceforge, but their site is down at the moment, and the three above appear to be the best of what I have come across.


#4

Thank you, I’ll take a look!

“Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”


#5

Hehe Thanks for the info, and you are right about our dogs! :wink:

“Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”


#6

OK, I looked at the jwchat for Jabber again, but I guess if I am to try that again I will need advice on how to set it up! :wink:

“Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”


#7

I haven’t tried any of these. I was thinking about trying webmessenger.

I’ve found some of these things require a little digging for install instructions.

Here is another one.

http://phpopenchat.org


#8

I tried webmessenger, very slick, but didn’t work well at all times. Wish I could say more but it’s been a few months since I tried it and scrapped it. It was in alpha or beta stage, dunno if it still is but they admitted it might be spotty.

Tried feather as well, that looked like the ticket but they won’t let it run the daemon.

Any real chat is gonna be hard for DH to allow as it would involve some kinda of persistent process that sucks resources is the feeling I’ve gotten while trying to find something.

[color=#0000CC]jason[/color]


#9

Thanks to both of you! :wink:
I DL’ed the phpopenchat, it says to unpack it to my root Dir and then read the directions to install it.
I would feel better reading the directions BEFORE I install it.
Can I unpack it on my PC and then FTP it into my root?
If so any advice on doing that?

Thanks
John

“Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”


#10

I remember trying this oe out as well, not real time, and ton of hacking problem to change the ugly default layout… I did just put it up real quick and it was a breeze, but really slow, not exactly a joy to use between the MySQL and refreshing

to get it going you can unpack the files locally and open CONFIG.INC.PHP and change the DB details (tablespace is the same as your db name) to whatever you have set up for a database.

use phpMyAdmin to import DB.SCHEMA to make all the tables and whatnot (test.php may do this for you, I dunno, I did it with phpMyAdmin tho first befre running test.php)

then open the htaccess in the root and add:

AddType php-cgi .php upload it all and run TEST.PHP in the root and follow instructions from there

[color=#0000CC]jason[/color]


#11

This sounds like I may have gotten in over my head. :frowning:
I’m a newbie at dealing with MySQL. And I am lost about the “Tables” thing.

Am I out of luck here?
Thanks
John

“Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”


#12

In over your head? Sounds like it!

Out of luck? No way!

Sounds like you just need a day or two or three of rolling through the kbase and asking dumb questions here.

[color=#0000CC]jason[/color]


#13

Thanks Jason
As far as this goes, I’m sure I can ask some dumb questions! :wink:

John

“Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”


#14

OK, I see that MySQL has a name of:
mysql.domainname.com

Is that the correct Path (or whatever ) that I would put in the file?

Thanks
John

“Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”


#15

Go to the panel and set up a hostname, user/pass, and database first (goodies/MySQL) then you can take the details of your setup and plug them into the config file - you might have to wait a few hours for the dtabase/hostname to kick in and start working.

mysql.domainname.com is the suggested default hostname but when you set it up in the panel you can choose whatever you like: whatever.domainname.com

https://panel.dreamhost.com/kbase/index.cgi?area=27

[color=#0000CC]jason[/color]


#16

Ok, I have the db created, it is active and I can get to it.
I was looking at the tablespace lines in the config.inc.php file and not sure where to put the files again sigh (dumb question).
Do I put the files in root and then run the test.php somehow?
Sorry if asking something you already answered.

Thanks
John

PS I chose chat.mydomaname.com for the DB.

“Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”


#17

I also have a Docs file in the root of the domain in question. It contains some files for phpChat which I never ended up using.
Is this Dir the DOCROOT Dir that php chat wants or one likely to have been created by MyChat?

“Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”


#18

Jason, thought I’d bump this up to see if I could get you to take another look at it.
I’d really appreciate it! :smiley:

John

“Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”


#19

sorry to have missed/forgotten this. Are you still having trouble?

I’d answer you questions if I hadn’t completely flushed the thing out of my web space and mind. Holler if you’re still having trouble

http://www.bluesparks.com/ - bluechat is perl based with no need for a DB, you might give that try, see if it’s any easier to get going, and I actually have that installed somewhere to reference =)

[color=#0000CC]jason[/color]


#20

Hi

I am still stuck on this. I will take a look at the link you gave me.
Have any further thoughts on the phpchat?

Thanks
John

“Try to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.”