Introduction to XChat

XChat 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-7.6 systemd platform.

Package Information

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XChat Dependencies





enchant-1.6.0 (runtime), dbus-glib-0.102, GConf-3.2.6, OpenSSL-1.0.1i, Python-2.7.8, and Tcl-8.6.2

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/xchat

Installation of XChat

Install XChat by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../xchat-2.8.8-glib-2.31-1.patch &&

LIBS+="-lgmodule-2.0"         \
./configure --prefix=/usr     \
            --sysconfdir=/etc \
            --enable-shm &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/xchat-2.8.8 &&
install -v -m644    README faq.html \

Command Explanations

--sysconfdir=$GNOME_SYSCONFDIR: Setting the sysconfdir using this parameter will ensure that the sysconfdir is consistent with the installation environment and the package will be installed in the correct location.

--enable-shm: This parameter is used to enable XShm for fast tinting.

--enable-ipv6: Enable IPv6 support in xchat.


Installed Programs: xchat
Installed Libraries: XChat binding modules
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/xchat and /usr/share/doc/xchat-2.8.8

Short Descriptions


is a graphical Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client.

Last updated on 2014-08-25 09:58:52 -0700