How To: Yahoo Messenger on Teaching Lab Machines

Though the pcs in the labs are not having any support for applications except terminal or command line, Linux version of yahoo messenger can be opened there. This is a step by step procedure.

Step 1

Open two terminals and through one of them logon on to your mirage server account because that supports the Gaim(Linux version of yahoo messenger).

Step 2

Now I will call the terminal in which you are logged into mirage as remote machine and the terminal of the machine at which you are working as local machine.
At your local machine execute these commands.

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[kulbir@localhost ~] xhost + [Enter]
access control disabled, clients can connect from any host

The messege displayed above should appear otherwise you may have problems.

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[kulbir@localhost ~] /sbin/ifconfig [Enter]
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:11:2F:57:C5:9D
inet addr:372.12.226.25  Bcast:122.12.226.123  Mask:212.223.345.138
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1520  Metric:1
RX packets:136851 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:82928 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:71106959 (67.8 Mb)  TX bytes:40997603 (39.0 Mb)
Interrupt:10
lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:122.4.4.1  Mask:252.2.2.1
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:11436  Metric:1
RX packets:46123 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:46123 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:22001021 (20.9 Mb)  TX bytes:22001021 (20.9 Mb)

The address against inet_addr in 3rd line is the IP address of your local machine.

Step 3

Now switch to your remote machine terminal and issue the following commands…

[kulbir@server ~] export DISPLAY=[IP address]:0.0  [Enter]

e.g.

[kulbirsaini@server ~] export DISPLAY=222.26.36.5:0.0 [Enter]

If no error comes, means things are going fine.

[kulbir@server ~] xterm [Enter]

Now also if no error comes and a new teminal appears then you are ready to open the gaim.
Issue this command on the new appeared terminal

[kulbir@server ~] gaim [Enter]

yahoo messenger will appear and now you are ready to chat.
Add your account to the messenger and chat 😀

 

5 thoughts on “How To: Yahoo Messenger on Teaching Lab Machines

  1. Hi,
    Nice to see ppl writing Linux only blogs :)
    Well I have only one thing to say as of now, while giving good informative articles for your batchmates, don’t just reveal our ip addresses etc info so easily. try substituting the values with some garbage numbers etc, try using hostnames etc.

    Keep it on. Also you might like to become a contributor to LUG wiki where your articles won’t remain unread for long :), Hopefully

  2. this whole thing can be replaced by a line:
    ssh -Y login@mirage :)

    try this out n don’t get caught in lab!! :)

  3. No, ssh -Y cannot be used. The labs support only telnet.

    Anyways, its a nice effort. And as Vardhman sir said, post it in the Wiki, that will help more. I am sure you know how to use Wiki right? Ask me if you have problems.

  4. Now as they hav uninstalled gaim from mirage server so no more gaim but chatting will go on n on…
    Use kopete….
    [user@mir… ~]#kopete & [enter]

    n follow wat it says n its better than gaim also :)

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