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Compile GAIM on OS X UNIX
I got GAIM (the GTK+ based AIM compliant Real Time Chat Client) to compile in OS X by making the following modifications to the normal installation process:

use the '--disable-perl' flag for the configure script. This is because the libraries included by the perl support unfortunately conflict with the libdl.dylib. Hopefully someone will find a way around this.

After configure has finished point your favorite editor at plugins/Makefile and change line 315 from:
   @cp .libs/libtmp$* $@
   @cp .libs/libtmp$@.dylib* $@
This will deal with OS X's use of the dylib suffix instead of good old .so when using libtool to build plugins.

Unfortunately, the build generates lots of errors and doesn't seem to be able to log in to AIM using OSCAR (the full AIM protocol) only TOC (the somewhat neglected open AIM protocol). But it beats the floating away window in the new AIM client and has plugin support.
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Authored by: sjonke on Jan 24, '02 11:50:58AM

Fire is a cocoa application and supports just about every chat network out there including AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, MSN, IRC (sort of) and one or two others I can't recall. Get it from Great program, a real OS X application and no compilation required.

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