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Introducing Palaver =================== Palaver is a multi-user chat componenet for Jabber and XMPP servers. The intention is to support all features of XEP-0045* as well as the extended discovery features of XEP-0128**. Palaver is written in Python using the Twisted framework for Internet applications. It is licensed under the open source MIT license. The main inspiration for writing palaver was to replace JCR mu-conference. While mu-conference has served the community well, it's lack of maintenance has left many searching for a replacement. * XEP-0045: http://www.xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0045.html ** XEP-0128: http://www.xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0128.html Acknowledgements =============== Thanks to Ralph Meijer (JID: firstname.lastname@example.org) and the other twisted.words developers. Requirements ============ * Twisted Core 2.4.0 or greater * Twisted Words 0.5 or greater * a Jabber or XMPP server which supports components Note: that palaver and the server do not need to run on the same machine or share any code. Both of these dependencies can be obtained from http://twistedmatrix.com Installing Palaver ================== 1. Install the Dependencies Both Twisted Core and Twisted Words should be installed or otherwise accessible. As with all Python module, one can use the PYTHONPATH environment variable to reference local installs if administrator or root access is not available or a full install is not desired. To verify that these components are working, run Python (usually just "python"), and type the following: import twisted print twisted.__version__ import twisted.words If no errors occur, the dependencies are likely to be installed properly. 1. Install Palaver Palaver utilizes Python's distutils build and install system. You can install Palaver with: python setup.py install Please see the distutils documentation for more information on options. A commonly used option is --prefix=PATH to specify where the install should occur (this defaults to the standard site-packages directory for Python). 2. Configure Jabber Server There are many different jabber servers out there. You will need a jabber server that supports 'legacy' component connection or 'jabber:component:accept'.Palaver will support other ways, but for now it only connects via the 'legacy' component connection. To configure this in jabberd2: Add the secret in the router.xml configuration file. Example : <!-- Shared secret used to identify legacy components (that is, "jabber:component:accept" components that authenticate using the "handshake" method). If this is commented out, support for legacy components will be disabled. --> <secret>palaver15cool</secret> 3. Configure Palaver Twisted applications are generally run from taps, which store the configuration information and other things. To make a tap, one can create a configuration file (see example-config.xml for a commented example) and run: mktap palaver -c ./config.xml or specify all the configuration options on the mktap command line: mktap palaver --jid=chat.localhost --rhost=localhost --rport=5437 --secret=secret --spool=/var/spool/directory/ By default palaver uses the spool directory backend. If you do not use a different backend then the spool option is required. For a memory only backend use --backend=memory. For more more options run: mktap palaver --help And finally, to launch the Palaver component as a daemon, twistd is used: twistd -f palaver.tap Other common options to twistd are -n (no daemon) and -o (for no state saving). Convert from legacy spool to new spool. ======================================= If you would like to convert your old mu-conference spool into palaver's spool format then you can run a convert script provided in palaver's util directory. python util/legacyspool.py /var/lib/jabberd/old-mu-conference /var/lib/jabberd/new-conference This will convert and move the new spool format into a new directory. You can leave the new directory out and it will put the new format in with the old format. Configure for postgresql and convert from legacy to pgsql. ========================================================== First configure palaver the same way as above. But for the backend you do the following : <backend> <type>pgsql</type> <dbuser>muc</dbuser> <dbname>muc</dbname> <!-- <dbpass>secret</dbpass> --> <!-- <dbhostname>localhost</dbhostname> --> </backend> Create the database : shell> createdb muc Then create the tables : shell> psql muc < /path/to/palaver/db/muc-psql.sql Then if you want to convert your old muc configuration to the new one, run the following script: python util/legacypgsql.py /var/lib/jabber/conference.localhost/ ./config.xml You can run 'python util/legacypgsql.py' to find out other options. Bugs, Support, and Mailing Lists ================================ If you find a bug we would greatly appreciate hearing about it. A bug reporting interface and tracker is available on the web at: http://github.com/twonds/palaver To report a new bug clikc on 'New Ticket'. To search bugs, use the search box at the upper right corner. We'd appreciate it if you did a quick search for the bug in the tracker before submitting a new issue. This helps reduce duplicate reports. General questions and support may be answered by searching the wiki at: http://github.com/twonds/palaver or by posting or reading the palaver-dev mailing list: http://groups.google.com/group/palaver-xmpp Commit messages and bug traffic are sent to the palaver-issues list: http://groups.google.com/group/palaver-xmpp Code Repository and Contributions ================================= The current and past versions of palaver can always be found in repository. This repository may be browsed online at: http://github.com/twonds/palaver Contributions are welcome from anyone. Please send them to the palaver-dev mailing list, or file bugs with patches attached.