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FAQ 2.0.9

Contents


  1. What is aMSN?
  2. What do I need to run aMSN?
  3. Where can I get aMSN ?
  4. Troubleshooting :
    1. Why are arabic fonts displayed from left to right instead of right to left?
    2. I have enabled the traydock icon, but when I minimize aMSN, it is still shown in both the taskbar and the tray. How can I make it display in the tray only?
    3. I don't see the traydock even if I enabled it, what's the problem?
    4. I get this bug: TCL/TK Error: {invalid color name "#0"}
    5. Does aMSN run on 64-bit systems?
    6. When notify window pops up, the windows taskbar partially hides it, can I fix this?
    7. Can I see who blocked me ?
    8. My jpeg webcam does not currently work, will my jpeg webcam work in the future (example: D-link dsb-c310)?
    9. Why can't I receive acceptable quality images from my contacts using aMSN.
    10. My webcam will not work on Mac OS X or Linux PPC, why is this?
    11. I can't read Chinese or Japanese with aMSN, even after changing the text encoding. Where can I find help?
    12. How do I capture bug report information from a segmentation fault?
    13. I want to report a bug, how do I open the status log and the protocol debugger?
    14. When I double click "amsn" file from a graphical file browser, like Konqueror or Nautilus, it opens a text editor instead of running aMSN. What shall I do?
    15. Sometimes aMSN "hangs", why is this?
    16. I try to run amsn but I get this error: bash: ./amsn: bad interpreter: No such file or directory
    17. Can I use aMSN behind a proxy server?
    18. aMSN looks connected, but when I try to chat with someone or change my state, I get disconnected. This happens often, after a period of inactivity. What can I do to fix this?
    19. aMSN does not find new skins, even when they are placed in the skins directory. What's wrong?
    20. I'm using aMSN behind a firewall, or using IP-Masquerade. Sending files won't work, can I fix it?
    21. I've installed the TLS module, however, I can't set the path to the module under 'Tools'  'Preferences'  'Advanced'  'Others'. How can this be fixed?
    22. With version 0.94 I could see when someone opened a conversation window with me, but with 0.95 this doesn't happen anymore, why?
    23. I liked the XXXX skin, but it seems it's a 0.94 skin and it's not compatible with 0.95... when will it be ?
    24. As soon as I try to log on or change aMSN's language, it crashes with the following message: X Error of failed request: badValue (integer parameter out of range for operation), Major opcode of failed request 45 (X_OpenFont)
    25. I try to run aMSN and it gives this error: Error in startup script: time value too large/small to represent while executing ... procedure "ConvertLocalToUTC".
  5. Using aMSN:
    1. What does the special icon on the right of the buddies mean?
    2. Can I copy a contact address to the clipboard?
    3. How can I set my personnal message like in MSN7 ?
    4. How can I access the history of the messages I sent in my chat windows?
    5. In the preferences' privacy tab, what do those four lists mean?
    6. In the preferences' privacy tab, what do the different colors in the contacts mean?
    7. I want to add my own custom smileys, how can I do it?
    8. Nicknames are now truncated. Is it possible to revert back to full nicknames?
    9. How can I connect as Invisible/appear offline ? Can I connect with a different status ?
    10. How can I browse through my webcam logs and convert the .cam (cam recordings) to a movie file such as .mpeg?
    11. How can I change my display picture?
    12. How can I make my webcam work?
    13. Where are the "stolen" display pictures saved?
    14. How can I change the directory where the profiles information are saved ?
  6. Running on Linux:
    1. How can I use anti-aliased fonts in aMSN on Linux?
    2. How do I create a shortcut to aMSN on my desktop on Linux?
    3. How do I open file-transfer ports in SUSE Linux?
    4. My aMSN sound notifications are not being played until I stop playing my music. How can I fix this so I can hear both at the same time?
    5. When I try running aMSN, I get an error "unknown color Black". How can I fix it ?
    6. TLS does not seem to work and I have tcl/tk 8.5. How can I fix it ?
    7. aMSN does not seem to work correctly with some files, especially files containing the character ` (back quote). How to fix it ?
  7. Running on Windows :
    1. How can I prevent/make aMSN from loading on windows start ?
    2. Whenever I go to preferences->session, the 'load amsn at windows start' is disabled, even if it does load at windows start !
  8. Running on Mac OS X :
    1. I have a question about Mac OS X, where can I go to find answers?
  9. Other Questions :
    1. I noticed aMSN is opening some ports over port 60000. Is it normal? Is it a backdoor? Why does this happen?
    2. What is WebcamWizard?
    3. How can I set the captured frame size on my webcam?
    4. How do I remove aMSN completely?
    5. The mail traydock icon in the system tray continues to show up, how do I get rid of it?
    6. I enabled the logging of conversations on aMSN, but I cannot find the logfiles. Where are they stored?
    7. Can I disable custom and/or animated smileys?
    8. Why doesn't aMSN support audio / Why did aMSN drop linphone support?
    9. I have another question, can you help me?

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What is aMSN?

Q: What is aMSN?
A: aMSN is a Microsoft Messenger clone. It allows you to keep in touch with your friends and exchange instant messages and files.

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What do I need to run aMSN?

Q: What do I need to run aMSN?
A:


  • Windows: aMSN will run right out of the box if you download the official packages, which can be found at: http://amsn.sourceforge.net/download.php
  • Mac OS X: aMSN will run right out of the box if you download the official packages.
  • Linux: You will need Tcl 8.4 / Tk 8.4 or above in order to run aMSN.

These two(2) packages (Tcl & Tk) are usually installed by default on most distributions.
These two(2) packages (Tcl & Tk) can also be installed as a dependency if your packaging system supports it. (rpm, deb, etc.)
If for some reason, your distribution does not currently provide you with tcl 8.4 or tk 8.4, you may download and follow the installation instructions at: http://tcl.tk

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Where can I get aMSN ?

You can download the packages of aMSN at the address : http://amsn.sourceforge.net/download.php.

In the case you download does not work, you can try to find a mirror thanks to this topic on the forum : http://agoodm.plus.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7

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Troubleshooting


Q : Why are arabic fonts displayed from left to right instead of right to left?
A :

  • Windows: Go to 'Control Panel'  'Regional and Language Options'  Languages tab, and enable the option "Install files for complex scripts and right-to-left languages"
  • Linux: Installing the Arabic locale should solve this issue.


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Q: I have enabled the traydock icon, but when I minimize aMSN, it is still shown in both the taskbar and the tray. How can I make it display in the tray only?
A: Enable the "Close button minimizes" option from the 'Tools' menu by clicking it.

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Screenshot 4.1


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Q : I don't see the traydock even if I enabled it, what's the problem?
A:



If you compiled aMSN yourself, please follow this FAQ CompileFAQ

NOTE: There's no traydock icon on Mac OS X

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Q: I get this bug:


>>> TCL/TK Error: {invalid color name "#0"}
>>> Stack:
invalid color name "#0"
(processing "-foreground" option)
invoked from within
"$pgBuddy.text tag conf $user_unique_name -fore $colour"
(procedure "ShowUser" line 38)
invoked from within
"ShowUser? $user_name $user_login $state_code $colour $state_section 0"
(procedure "cmsn_draw_online_wrapped" line 435)
invoked from within
"cmsn_draw_online_wrapped"
("eval" body line 1)
invoked from within
"eval $command"
(procedure "run_exclusive" line 19)
invoked from within
"run_exclusive cmsn_draw_online_wrapped draw_online"
(procedure "cmsn_draw_online" line 12)
invoked from within
"cmsn_draw_online"
(command bound to event)


A: Delete the abook.xml file from your profile directory. Assuming your email is test@hotmail.com, type this command in an xterm :
rm ~/.amsn/test_hotmail_com/abook.xml


Mac OS X: Go to Home / Library / Application Support / aMSN / your_profile_email / and remove the file abook.xml

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Q: Does aMSN run on 64-bit systems?
A: Yes, many users have been able to run aMSN on 64-bit architectures. However, you will have to compile tcltls by yourself. There isn't a package for x84_64 on the aMSN site so you need to download it from: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=13248

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Q: When notify window pops up, the windows taskbar partially hides it, can I fix this?
A: Yes, you can move the notify window X pixels to the left and Y pixels to the top. You can customize this by modifying the X and Y Offset values in 'Tools'  'Preferences'  'Advanced'  “Offset the position of the notification pop-up.” and clicking “Save” to save your modifications.

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Q: Can I see who blocked me?
A: No, this feature is no longer available because the block detection bug has been fixed.

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Q: My jpeg webcam does not currently work, will my jpeg webcam work in the future (example: D-link dsb-c310)?
A: We do not support JPEG webcams but we will in the near future.

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Q: Why can't I receive acceptable quality images from my contacts using aMSN.
A: If the image is of a poor quality, it's probably because of the other user's webcam is of poor quality. aMSN's quality of the webcam is the same as the official msn client.

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Q: My webcam will not work on PPC (Mac OS X or Linux PPC), why is this?
A: If both users are firewalled, you will not be able to use webcam on PPC. Work is currently being done to fix this.

You can find more information about webcam on PPC at: http://forums.cocoaforge.com/viewforum.php?f=14

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Q: I can't read Chinese or Japanese with aMSN, even after changing the text encoding. Where can I find help?
A: Take a look at the following links:

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Q: How do I capture bug report information from a segmentation fault? (LINUX)
A:
Make sure amsn was compiled with debugging symbols, if you installed it using a binary package, you should probably download from source and recompile it. To enable debugging symbols, configure it with :
./configure --enable-debug
If you're unable to compile it, then you can still send us information without the debugging symbols.
Once it is compiled/installed, go to the directory where you have installed aMSN (example: /usr/share/amsn or /home/yourusername/amsn-0.95/) type:


$ gdb --args wish amsn
(gdb) run
then when it segfaults
type bt
bt full


You will then receive the bug report information. Please send this information to: amsn-devel@lists.sourceforge.net

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Q: I want to report a bug, how do I open the status log and the protocol debugger?
A: Open your contact list and press the following key combinations :


status log: ctrl + s (Command-S on Mac OS X)
protocol debug: ctrl + d (Command-D on Mac OS X)


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Q: When I double click "amsn" file from a graphical file browser, like Konqueror or Nautilus, it opens a text editor instead of running aMSN. What shall I do (Linux)?
A: aMSN is written in Tcl/Tk, an interpreted language, so the "amsn" file is just a text file with the program code. The file manager might
think it's a text file, so it will launch the text editor.

In Konqueror (KDE) or Nautilus (Gnome), running aMSN can be done by right-clicking the “amsn” file and choosing "Open with..." Konqueror) or "Launch with..." (Gnome), depending on the file browser.

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Screenshot 4.4


Type "wish". This launches the "amsn" script.

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Screenshot 4.5


If you are told the the "wish" command doesn't exist, you need to install Tcl/Tk.

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Q: Sometimes aMSN "hangs", why is this?
A: When aMSN hangs it's usually a problem with the sound configuration. Perhaps you're playing a sound but the sound card is blocked, and the play command stops until the sound card is available. Try disabling sound or changing the sound command configuration.

If aMSN still hangs, and you are using a 2.6.x kernel, try running aMSN with:
export LD_ASSUME_KERNEL=2.2.5 && msn/amsn


This command will tell the dynamic linker to use the old thread model. For more information on this issue, see: http://people.redhat.com/drepper/assumekernel.html

If you are on Mac OS X it often happens when you receive a smiley on a chatwindow, it's a known issue.

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Q: I try to run amsn but I get this error:
bash: ./amsn: bad interpreter: No such file or directory

A: you need to install the tcl/tk packages, because you need the wish interpreter. If you think you have it, try typing:

wish amsn

instead of:
./amsn


If this works, edit amsn and change the first line:
#!/usr/bin/wish

with the location of the wish interpreter.

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Q: Can I use aMSN behind a proxy server?
A: HTTP, SOCKS5 and SSL proxy support is available.

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Q: aMSN looks connected, but when I try to chat with someone or change my state, I get disconnected. This happens often, after a period of inactivity. What can I do to fix this?
A: Go to 'Tools'  'Preferences'  'Advanced'  Connection, and enable "Keepalive (NAT)."

This fix works for shared internet connections by sending a dummy packet to the server every 2 minutes to keep the connection alive.

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Q: aMSN does not find new skins, even when they are placed in the skins directory. What's wrong?
A: Skins from 0.94 are not compatible with 0.95, please wait until the skins are updated and made compatible with 0.95

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Q: I'm using aMSN behind a firewall, or using IP-Masquerade. Sending files won't work, can I fix it?
A: In this case, the firewall may be blocking incoming connections. File transfers work this way: When you want to send someone a file, you send an invitation with your IP address and a port number. Then the remote client must connect to your IP:port to start the transfer.

The used port is usually 6891, 6892 and so on (first transfer is on port 6891,but if you start a new file transfer while the first one hasn't finished yet, then it will use 6892, and so on).

If using a firewall, you must make sure that it allows incoming connections to port 6891 (and next ones if you want to be able to make more than one transfer at the same time).

If you're inside a private network with private addresses, like 192.168.0.x, then it's more difficult to make file transfers work. You need to send the real internet address (you can enter it manually or tell aMSN to guess it from a web page), instead of the internal address, and tell the gateway (the computer with direct connection to the internet) to forward incoming connections to port 6891 to your computer inside the private network.

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Q: I've installed the TLS module, however, I can't set the path to the module under 'Tools'  'Preferences'  'Advanced'  'Others'. How can this be fixed?
A: To resolve this, install the TLS module from your package manager. If you install the module from your package manager, you will not need aMSN to install it for you.

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Q: With version 0.94 I could see when someone opened a conversation window with me, but with 0.95 this doesn't happen anymore, why?
A: Users with MSN7 and later versions of MSN will automatically "open a conversation window" with you as soon as you (or they) connect. It is done automatically because they try to download your display picture. So, as soon as someone connected, the screen was full of "joined conversation" windows from people just trying to download the display picture. This was annoying, so now chatwindows open as soon as the other person starts typing.

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Q: I liked the XXXX skin, but it seems it's a 0.94 skin and it's not compatible with 0.95... when will it be ?
A: We don't know yet, check on the skin website or email the author of the skin to obtain more information. We're hoping to get a lot more skins with this new release and skin updates, just wait for them, you can also try the 0.94 skins with the 0.95 release, if it works fine, then it's ok, if not, then you should probably switch back to a 0.95 skin.. each 0.94 will react differently with 0.95, some might work, some may not.. the only problems you'll get are display glitches, and you also won't use the full capabilities of the skinning system.

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Q: As soon as I try to log on or change aMSN's language, it crashes with the following message: X Error of failed request: BadValue? (integer parameter out of range for operation), Major opcode of failed request: 45 (X_OpenFont)
A: First of all, it may be a font problem: try making aMSN run with a different font (under Tools -> Preferences -> Appearance). Second, you may need to run aMSN from a different encoding (under Tools -> Preferences -> Appearance again, utf-8 is a safe choice). Third, try clearing your font cache with the command: fc-cache -fv. Then, make sure your locale (your LC_ALL or LC_CTYPE environment variable) is installed on your system: set | grep LC_ , and make sure the corresponding directories (after the = ) exist on /usr/lib/locale . If they don't, install them according to your distribution. Finally, if none of the above works, try disabling some FontPath's from /etc/X11/XF86Config or /etc/X11/Xorg.conf until you find out which font path contains problematic fonts, and recreate the fonts.cache , fonts.dir and fonts.scale in that directory.

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Q: I try to run aMSN and it gives this error: Error in startup script: time value too large/small to represent while executing ... procedure "ConvertLocalToUTC".
A: Make you sure the file /etc/localtime exists. If it doesn't, link it to /usr/share/zoneinfo/YOUR/TIME/ZONE and retry starting aMSN.
To create the file under Linux :
ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/YOUR/TIME/ZONE /etc/localtime


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Using aMSN


Q: What does the special icon on the right of the buddies mean?
A: The icon img/wiki_up//notinlist.png in the buddy list means that the corresponding contact do not have you in his list.

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Q: Can I copy a contact address to the clipboard?
A: Yes, right click on that contact name on the contact list, and click its address on the pop-up menu. The contact email address will be copied to the clipboard.

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Q: How can I set my personnal message like in MSN7 ?
A: You can't, work is in progress to implement this feature and it will probably be included in the next release, please be patient.

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Q: How can I access the history of the messages I sent in my chat windows?
A: If you want to access previous messages you sent in your chat windows you only need to use the Control key with the arrows. It works the same way as in a shell so Ctrl-Up(Command-Up on MacOSX) gives you the previous message sent and Ctrl-Down(Command-Down on Mac OS X), the next one.

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Q: In the preferences' privacy tab, what do those four lists mean?
A: There are four lists, known as:

Allow List (AL), Block List (BL), Reverse List (RL) and Contact List (CL).

AL : This list contains the emails of people who are allowed to see you when you get online and they can also chat with you when you aren't offline.
BL : This is the block list, which means it contains the list of people you are blocking. So this means they can't see you when you are online, and they can't chat with you.
RL : This is the reverse list, it contains the email addresses of people who added you to their list. People appearing in green in this list are people who aren't in your contact list but you are still in theirs.
CL : This list contains all contacts that are shown on your contact list.


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Q: In the preferences' privacy tab, what do the different colors in the contacts mean?
A: You should notice the colors in the list headers:

Allow List: Green foregound
Block List: Red foregound
Forward List: Red background
Reverse List: Yellow background

A contact in any list will take a different color depending the lists that contact is contained on:

  1. If it's in Allow list, it will have green foreground.
  2. If it's in Block list, it will have red foreground.
  3. If it's in Forward and Reverse lists, it will have white foreground.
  4. If it's in Forward list, but not in Reverse list, it will have red foregound.
  5. If it's in Reverse list, but not in Forward list, it will have yellow foregound.
  6. If it's not in Forward or Reverse list, it will have a black foreground.

Let's be a bit more specific:

AL : Contacts in this list always have a green foreground. If a contact has a yellow background, it means it's in your reverse list, but not in your contact list. If the contact has a red background, it's in your Forward List (so, you have it), but not in the Reverse List (he or she doesn't have you). If the contact is both in Reverse and Forward list (a standard contact), the color is white (standard). Finally, if the contact is not in your Forward List, and not in the Reverse List, the contact background is black. You can safely delete this contact from the Allow List, as you don't have that contact in your contact list, and he or she does't have you!

BL : Exactly the same behavior as Allow List (AL), but in Block List contacts always have a red foreground.

FL : Foreground will depend on the contact being on AL (green) or BL (red). White background if the contact is in Reverse List too, Red background if the contact is not in Reverse list (he or she deleted you). In last case, the contact will have the special icon img/wiki_up//notinlist.png in the contact list.

RL : Foreground will depend on the contact being on AL (green) or BL (red). White background if the contact is in Forward List too, Yellow background if the contact is not in Forward list (you have deleted it).

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Q: I want to add my own custom smileys, how can I do it?
A: You may add custom smileys (also known as emoticons) by following these steps :

  • Open a chat window of any contact
  • Click the “Insert Emoticon” button found on the chat window (Screenshot 5.1)

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Screenshot 5.1


  • Click the “Add new custom smiley” button (Screenshot 5.2)

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Screenshot 5.2


  • Type a Description for your emoticon in the “Description” text box (Screenshot 5.3)

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Screenshot 5.3



  • Type the Text triggers for your emoticon in the “Text triggers” text box. Text triggers are triggers which display an icon when they are typed and Enter is pressed. (Screenshot 5.3)

example: (test)

When (test) is typed in the chat window and Enter is pressed, the emoticon associated with the (test) Text trigger will be displayed.


  • Browse for the new emoticon that you would like to use by clicking the Browse button located to the right of the Smiley filename text box and select the image or emoticon that you would like to use. Click “Open”. (Screenshot 5.4)

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Screenshot 5.4


If your image is larger than normal emoticons, you will see a message box saying “The smiley you choose is bigger than normal size. Do you want to resize it?” If you want your image or emoticon resized so that you can use it as an emoticon, simply click “Yes” (Screenshot 5.5)

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Screenshot 5.5


By clicking “Yes” your image may be scaled down and display incorrectly.

  • Click the “Insert Emoticon” button found on the chat window. You will now see your custom emoticon added to the emoticon chooser. (Screenshot 5.6)

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Screenshot 5.6


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Q: Nicknames are now truncated. Is it possible to revert back to full nicknames?
A: Yes. To have nicknames displayed in their full length on the contact list, in the alerts and the chat window, go to 'Tools'  'Preferences' 'Advanced Tab', and uncheck the selection which reads, Truncate nicknames longer than window width in window titles and contact list.” (Screenshot 5.7)

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Screenshot 5-7


The same can be done for nicknames inside the chat window conversations by disabling the option “Truncate nicknames longer than window width inside conversations.”(Screenshot 5.7)

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Q : How can I connect as Invisible/appear offline ? Can I connect with a different status ?
A:This feature is different from aMSN 0.94, but it's still available, don't try to find a checkbox for it in the preferences dialog, all you need to do is click on “Login as”, in the login window, there is a 'Sign in status' combobox where you can select your status, choose 'Appear offline' to connect as appear offline.

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Q: How can I browse through my webcam logs and convert the .cam (cam recordings) to a movie file such as .mpeg?
A: The file format of those .cam files are a direct dump of the data received on the socket, which means it's in the MS proprietary format. For this reason, no player can play those files, only amsn.
We have plans for a future version to include more advanced viewing capabilities to the webcam logs viewer (fast forward, seeking, choose specific session, etc..) and we also have plans in creating a converter that will convert these logs into a known format like .avi or .mpeg.
These features are not yet implemented but will probably be integrated in aMSN in the future, but please be patient until that time comes.

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Q: How can I change my display picture?
A: You may change your display picture by simply clicking on the 'aMSN' menu from the contact list, clicking on 'My status', and from the new menu that appears, click on the second-to-last entry, 'Change Display picture...'. Choose the display picture that you would like to use and then click “Ok” to use your new display picture.

Note that if aMSN doesn't accept the image, you should make sure that there are no special characters (like accents) in the path where the image is. It is a known bug that should be fixed soon.



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Screenshot 4.2


Choose the display picture that you would like to use and then click “Ok” to use your new display picture.

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Screenshot 4.3


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Q: How can I make my webcam work?
A: If your webcam will not work with aMSN, please make sure your webcam is plugged in, turned on, and ready to be used.

Other applications that can be used to test if your webcam is working correctly on Linux:


You can also refer to the wiki page Webcam In aMSN.

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Q: Where are the "stolen" display pictures saved?
A:
  • Windows :
    C:\Documents andSettings\MyWindowsUsername\amsn\youremail_profile\displaypic\cache
  • Linux :
    /home/yourusername/.amsn/yourusername@youremail.com/displaypic/cache
  • Mac OS X:
    Home / Library / Application Support / your_email_profile / displaypic / cache

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Q: How can I change the directory where the profiles information are saved ?
A: There is no option to do this, you have to modify the code of aMSN, but it is not complicated. In the aMSN folder, look for a //amsn// file without extension and open it for editing.
At line 101, you should fine something like :
} elseif {$tcl_platform(platform) == "windows"} {
 if {info exists env(USERPROFILE)} {
    set HOME "file join $env(USERPROFILE) amsn"
    set files_dir "file join $env(USERPROFILE) amsn_received"
 } else {
  set HOME "[file join pwd amsn_config]"
  set files_dir "[file join pwd amsn_received]"
 }


change it to
} elseif {$tcl_platform(platform) == "windows"} {
  set HOME "[file join pwd amsn_config]"
  set files_dir "[file join pwd amsn_received]"


to save the files in the directory where aMSN is launched.

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Running on Linux


Q: How can I use anti-aliased fonts in aMSN?
A: Please take a look at: http://amsn.sourceforge.net/wiki/tiki-index.php?page=Installation+Instructions#tcl/tk

That page will provide you information on how to re-compile Tk with anti-alias support.

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Q: How do I create a shortcut to aMSN on my desktop on Linux?
A:

  • KDE
    • Right-click on the K-menu and a Panel Menu will appear as seen in the screenshot below:

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Screenshot 6.1


    • Click Add Non-KDE Application (Screenshot 6.1)
    • A Non-KDE Application Configuration dialog box will be displayed (Screenshot 6.2)
    • Enter the text as shown in (Screenshot 6.2):

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Screenshot 6.2


    • Click “OK” and an aMSN icon will be added to your kicker menu (Screenshot 6.2):
    • If you want to change the icon or other configurations, simply right-click the new aMSN button, and a menu will be displayed. Click “Configure aMSN Button...” and the Non-KDE Application Configuration will be displayed. (Screenshot 6.3)

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Screenshot 6.3


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Screenshot 6.4 (KDE Kicker Menu with aMSN shortcut added)


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Screenshot 6.5 (aMSN Button Menu)


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Q: How do I open file-transfer ports in SUSE Linux?
A: (Guide thanks to John Hillier)

  • Open 'YaST'  'Security and Users'  'Firewall'  'Firewall Configuration'.
  • Click on "Expert" in 'Additional Services' and add port 6891.

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Q: My aMSN sound notifications are not being played until I stop playing my music. How can I fix this so I can hear both at the same time?
A:

  • KDE: You can configure XMMS, amaroK, etc. to play sound through arts, and use artsplay as sound play command for aMSN which is able to mix sounds.
  • Gnome: You can use esdplay and configure XMMS for playing through ESD.

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Q: When I try running aMSN, I get an error "unknown color Black". How can I fix it ?
A: This problem is not coming from aMSN, it's an Xorg faulty installation. You probably have a bad Xorg configuration for the file rgb.txt (especially with some versions of Xgl).

If you are using xgl, you most probably have the file rgb.txt in /etc/X11 . Xgl in Ubuntu Dapper is usually misconfigured and looks for the file in /usr/share/X11 . Make a symlink to it in /usr/share/X11 and restart your X server.

If you are not using xgl, open your /etc/X11/xorg.conf and look for a line that says:


Section "Files"
       RgbPath      "/etc/X11/rgb"


If the RgbPath line does not exist at all, add it under the section "Files". Then make sure the file exists in the directory defined in RgbPath (/etc/X11/ in this case). You may need to copy it from another location in your computer, or you can download it from http://amsn.sourceforge.net/rgb.txt . You must also restart your X server for the changes to take effect. PLEASE NOTE: the line in xorg.conf must NOT contain the extension of the file!!!

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Q: TLS does not seem to work and I have tcl/tk 8.5. How can I fix it ?
A: TLS 1.5 is broken, in order to fix it, you have to find out where your copy of TLS is with :
locate tls.tcl

or if you do not use locate :
find / -name tls.tcl

Those commands should give you something like /usr/lib/tls1.50/tls.tcl. In the same directory, you should find a file named pkgIndex.tcl. Edit this file with your favorite editor :
vi /usr/lib/tls1.50/pkgIndex.tcl

and change the line :
package ifneeded tls 1.5

by
package ifneeded tls 1.50

TLS should now work well. If it not the case, please let us know on the forums

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Q : aMSN does not seem to work correctly with some files, especially files containing the character ` (back quote). How to fix it ?
A: aMSN cannot handle files containing the character `(back quote) in their path. A way to resolve this issue is to mount the partition containing the file with this caracter with the 'utf8' option. Refer to your version of mount to find the right option for your file system.

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Running on Windows


Q: How can I prevent/make aMSN from loading on windows start ?
A: You can do that by clicking on the checkbox 'load aMSN at Windows start' in Tools -> Preferences -> Session

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Q: Whenever I go to preferences->session, the 'load amsn at windows start' is disabled, even if it does load at windows start !
A: We cannot detect if aMSN loads at Windows start so the checkbox is disabled. However, the change is taken in consideration if you modified the value and then press the "Save"' button.

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Running on Mac OS X


Q: I have a question about Mac OS X, where can I go to find answers?
A: You can get answers to questions about Mac OS X on the aMSN Mac Forum found at: http://forums.cocoaforge.com/viewforum.php?f=14

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Other Questions


Q: I noticed aMSN is opening some ports over port 60000. Is it normal? Is it a backdoor? Why does this happen?
A: This is normal. aMSN uses sockets as a locking system to avoid two aMSN instances use the same profile at once (which could cause trouble). This is the better platform independent locking system we found.

If you check ~/.amsn/profiles, you can see what port is used for each profile.

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Q: What is WebcamWizard?
A: WebcamWizard? is an easy way to configure and fine-tune your webcam. The WebcamWizard? provides options to maximize the quality of your webcam broadcast.

The WebcamWizard? can be started from within a chat window by clicking 'Actions'  'Configure Webcam'.
The Configure Webcam dialog will then be shown. You may change your video settings by clicking “Change video settings” button.

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Screenshot 9.1


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Q: How can I set the captured frame size on my webcam?
A: It is not available yet, but it is planned for a future release.

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Q: How do I remove aMSN completely?
A:

  • Linux:
rm -rf ~/.amsn


  • Windows:
delete C:\Documents and Settings\$USER\amsn where $USER is your username.


  • Mac OS X
Remove the aMSN application. Remove this folder : Home/Library/Application Support / aMSN

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Q: The mail traydock icon in the system tray continues to show up, how do I get rid of it?
A: You must read your unread mails to make the traydock icon disappear.

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Q: I enabled the logging of conversations on aMSN, but I cannot find the logfiles. Where are they stored?
A: In order for logging to be enabled, you must first create a profile. This can be done at the aMSN login-screen.

create a new profile: "my_email@msn.com"

You will then find the log here here:
  • Linux: ~/.amsn/my_email_msn_com/logs
  • Windows: NaV/amsn/my_email_msn_com/logs Where NaV is usually

C:\Documents and Settings\NaV

where NaV is the username of your Windows account.

  • Mac OS X: /Home / Library / Application Support / aMSN / your _email_profile / logs

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Q: Can I disable custom and/or animated smileys?
A: This option has been planned for a future release.

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Q: Why doesn't aMSN support audio / Why did aMSN drop linphone support?
A:
  • The support of Linphone in aMSN has been dropped some time ago because it was not complete and difficult to maintain. Moreover, the only person able to make it work and to resume its development is no more active in the aMSN's development, so the support has just been dropped.
  • Now aMSN supports webcam session (not videconference), this support is complete and stable and easier to maintain.
  • About Audio support, it is delayed for a next release. Farsight project, developped by Burgerman will give audio support to aMSN, we are just waiting for a stable version.

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Q: I have another question, can you help me?
A: Yes, we can. But before asking questions, take a look at the aMSN forums found at: http://www.amsnforums.net

Most likely your question has already been answered. You can also view more information at aMSN's sourceforge project page, which is located at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/amsn

Before submitting a bug report or asking for support, please document the following information:


  • aMSN version :
  • Tcl and Tk version :
  • Kernel version :
  • Distribution :
  • System architecture (32-bit, PPC, 64-bit, etc.) :
  • Stack trace of the submitted error (if applicable) :
  • Last error messages in debug windows (Ctrl+D and Ctrl+S in contact list) :
  • Possible ways to replicate the bug :


Here's an example of a user's documentation :


  • aMSN version : 0.95
  • Tcl and Tk version : 8.4
  • Kernel version : Linux 2.6.12-8-386 (Found by typing: uname -s -r in an xterm)
  • Distribution : Debian
  • System architecture (32-bit, PPC, 64-bit, etc.) : 32-bit
  • Stack trace of the submitted error (if applicable) : NA (not applicable)
  • Last error messages in debug windows (Ctrl+D and Ctrl+S in contact list) :
  • Possible ways to replicate the bug : Open a chat window and send a custom emoticon which is animated to an msn 7.5 user.


Send this information with your bug report so that we may further investigate the issue.


If you still have a question that has not been covered in this FAQ, you can visit the aMSN forum at: http://www.amsnforums.net or contact us on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) at :

server: irc.freenode.net
channel: #amsn


There is a bot on the channel that is able to give you some indications if you use the following commands :
  • amsn install
  • amsn download
  • amsn tcl/tk version
  • amsn libstd
... and some others

In case you have some trouble to connect to our IRC channel because of network policies, you can try this http://cgiirc.blitzed.org/

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Enjoy using aMSN!
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Created by: clear_beast last modification: Friday 12 of May, 2006 [18:02:22 UTC] by talavis


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