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10.4: Automatically accept video chats in iChat Apps
Tiger only hintA number of people are having trouble with video chats since the introduction of Tiger and iChat 3.0. If you have more than one computer (locally or remotely), one helpful tip to troubleshooting is to allow one of those computers to automatically accept a video chat when invited.

You can turn on this hidden feature from the Terminal by typing:
defaults write com.apple.ichat AutoAcceptVCInvitations 1
To undo this, repeat the command and replace the 1 with a 0 (zero). I'm sure there are other uses for this, e.g. such as using your iSight as a security camera.

[robg adds: I don't have a 10.3 box around to test this with, so I've labeled it 10.4 only for now. If it works in 10.3, please let me know and I'll remove the label...]
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10.4: Automatically accept video chats in iChat
Authored by: t413 on May 23, '05 02:07:40PM

uhh, I tried to start a one way video chat to a Panther computer with that command entered into the terminal, but the chat just showed up as usual. I only have one camera (firewire dv bridge, actually), so I can only do a one way chat. Does it only work for standard video chats?



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10.4: Does't seem to work for Audio Chats
Authored by: sancho on May 23, '05 07:37:27PM
I tried using:
defaults write com.apple.ichat AutoAcceptACInvitations 1
thinking it would allow Automatic acceptance of audio chat invitations, but it didn't work. Is there a way to do this?

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10.4: Does't seem to work for Audio Chats
Authored by: gjlazar on May 27, '05 10:52:45PM

type a space then hyphen then the 1, it works as follows:
".....invitations -1" Unix requires a space and hyphen before
the parameter.



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10.4: Automatically accept video chats in iChat
Authored by: gjlazar on May 24, '05 09:21:58PM

I tried running the suggested command by typing in terminal and it did not owrk. Then I tried to enter in a command dialog and pushed run, and got the reponse, unexpected parameter, 1 , defaults left unchanged, exit.
I tried using 0 in the command and got the same error. What am I doing wrong. In either case auto accept did not work.



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10.4: Automatically accept video chats in iChat
Authored by: gjlazar on May 26, '05 12:29:15AM

the above script has an error in it.
in Unix you need a space and a hyphen before the parameter 1
in other words type:

defaults write com.apple.ichat AutoAcceptACInvitations -1

and it will work as described above by Sancho.
I tested the autoAccept afterwards and it worked like a charm.



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10.4: Automatically accept video chats in iChat
Authored by: djscott123 on Jul 12, '05 06:44:13PM

The suggested code didn't work for me, but it pointed me in the right direction. In Terminal, I used

defaults write com.apple.ichat AutoAcceptVCInvitations -1

to set iChat audio to automatically accept invitations and ..." -0" to return to manual. Not sure if "AcceptAV" works on some machines while "AcceptVC" works on others, but this worked for me. Hope this helps. DS



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10.4: Automatically accept video chats in iChat
Authored by: jeff1185 on Jul 06, '05 05:42:27PM

Where is the console to type this in?



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10.4: Automatically accept video chats in iChat
Authored by: able9 on Jan 18, '06 01:01:06PM

I have been working on something that is simular - 2 friends who don't know anything about computers would like to be able to do simple video conference with each other out of state. Both have access to dsl/cable internet. I suggested 2 apple computers (ibooks for example) but one of them is old and has trouble with a bunch of mouse clicks, selections, etc. is what you guys have been talking about here, simular? So the question is can you startup ichat with isight and have it auto connect to a given buddy (there would only be one person to connect to at each computer)? For example one ibook would be left on all the time, and the other would be powered up, one click on an icon in middle of the screen, and auto connect to the one and only other person. That person would then see the invite(? and click on it and they would be up and talking/seeing...is this posibble? Thanks for your time and help.

David



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10.4: Automatically accept video chats in iChat
Authored by: easyE on Aug 13, '05 11:08:27PM

Is there any way to do the same thing for text chats? Having to press accept for every chat is annoying... Thanks!



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10.4: Automatically accept video chats in iChat
Authored by: stam66 on Feb 11, '06 04:06:53AM
Freeware application:

Chax

HTH

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10.4: Automatically accept video chats in iChat
Authored by: jacques_usa on Mar 28, '06 06:59:35PM

It works like a charm in 10.4.5.
Just have to log out and log back in after the command.
Does this work in 10.3.9?



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