Introduction to HexChat

HexChat is an IRC chat program. It allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, have private one-on-one conversations, etc. File transfers are also possible.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.0 platform.

Package Information

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HexChat Dependencies


dbus-glib-0.112, GLib-2.68.4, and libnotify-0.7.9



dbus-glib-0.112, ISO Codes-4.7.0, libnotify-0.7.9, pciutils-3.7.0, libproxy, and luajit

User Notes: https://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/hexchat

Installation of HexChat

First, fix the python plugin:

sed -i "s/(python_opt/& + '-embed'/" plugins/python/meson.build

Next, apply an optional patch to have the "libera.chat" network preconfigured in the client:

patch -Np1 -i ../hexchat-2.14.3-add_libera_chat-1.patch

Install HexChat by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr         \
      --buildtype=release   \
      -Dwith-libproxy=false \
      -Dwith-lua=false      \
      ..                    &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

-Dwith-lua=false: By default, this package will look for luajit. However, the Lua plugin support is currently broken and will cause the application to crash on startup.

-Dwith-libcanberra=false: Use this switch if you have libcanberra not installed.


Installed Program: hexchat
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: /usr/lib/hexchat

Short Descriptions


is a graphical Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client

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