Introduction to Gaim

Gaim is an instant messaging client that can connect with a wide range of networks including AIM, ICQ, MSN, Jabber, IRC, Napster, Gadu-Gadu, Zephyr and Yahoo!

Package Information

Gaim Dependencies




libao-0.8.6, GnuTLS (requires libgpg-error and libgcrypt in that order), Gtkspell, Tcl-8.4.13, Tk-8.4.13, startup-notification-0.8, Audio File-0.2.6, D-BUS-0.62, MIT Kerberos V5-1.6, NAS-1.7, Doxygen-1.4.6, and Avahi

User Notes:

Installation of Gaim

To connect with MSN you will need to compile Gaim with SSL support. For this you will need to have already installed libgpg-error, libgcrypt and GnuTLS compiled in that order. Use of the Mozilla SSL library is deprecated.

To compile Gaim with audio support, first install libao-0.8.6.

Compile Gaim by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

If you want to compile Gaim with support for NAS-1.7, configure it like this:

CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/X11R6/include" ./configure --prefix=/usr \
    --enable-nas &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

CPPFLAGS=...--enable-nas: To avoid a compilation error the configure script needs to be told to look for the NAS header files in /usr/X11R6/include.


Installed Programs: gaim and gaim-remote
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/gaim, /usr/lib/gaim, /usr/share/pixmaps/gaim, and /usr/share/sounds/gaim

Short Descriptions


is an instant messaging client


is a command-line interface for controlling an already running instance of gaim

contains functions that are used by gaim-remote

Last updated on 2007-01-18 13:38:19 -0600