|Contact Person:||Eric Richter|
|Last Update:||January 2014|
|VM Host (Physical):||europa|
|Services:||IRC & XMPP|
|Operating system:||Debian Wheezy x64|
|Development Status:||In Development|
Comm-dev is an in-development replacement for the currently running, and unmaintained Comm service. This page will house the documentation for the setup while it is being rebuilt. Ideally, this will replace the current comm seamlessly.
Hosted on Comm-dev
Connecting to Services
You need to register an account with the server first, most clients can handle this. (See setup for Pidgin) The server hostname to use is xmpp.cslabs.clarkson.edu. The server also supports SSL encryption. Chat rooms are hosted at conference.xmpp.cslabs.clarkson.edu.
Setup for Pidgin
Pidgin is an open-source, cross platform program that handles multiple chat protocols, and is present on all the Lab machines.
- To set up an account, when you open the application click Accounts > Manage Accounts.
- Then click "Add...", and change the protocol to XMPP.
- Enter your desired username and password, and for domain, enter xmpp.cslabs.clarkson.edu.
- Resource is optional - it is a name for your current method of connection, such as "Pidgin"... anything is fine here, see this page for more detailed information
- Uncheck the box labeled "Store password" for security purposes. Pidgin/libpurple stores your password as plaintext, so it may be viewable by others.
- Finally, if you are making a new account, be sure to check "Create this new account on the server" at the bottom... this will register you with the XMPP server. Otherwise, the account will be set up in Pidgin but unable to connect to the server.
Adding a Friend
Adding a friend is easy, click Buddies > Add Buddy... Enter the friend's username in the username field, but be sure to add @xmpp.cslabs.clarkson.edu! This is important, otherwise the user will not be able to be found. So for example, email@example.com is a valid complete username. In addition, you may optionally add an alias in the following entry box to specify a real, or alternate name for the user, which will instead appear on your buddy list, and in the chat window.
Creating/Joining a Chat Room
Creating and joining a chat room uses the same method, as a chat room is created if the name does not exist. Simply click Buddies > Join a Chat..., enter the room name, and leave the server as the default conference.xmpp.cslabs.clarkson.edu. You may optionally change your handle (name), and set a password for the session in the last two boxes.
The most common chat room is "cosi", although others spring up from time to time.