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XChat Portable 2.8.6 Pre-Release 1

Application: XChat
Category: Office
Description: XChat is an advanced and very customizable IRC client. It features support for various servers, chat logging, and attractive interface similar to Pidgin's (GTK+ & Tango!), and much more.

Download XChat Portable 2.8.6 Pre-Release 1 [7.6MB download / 37MB installed] (I do recommended you delete your previous installer, preserving the Data directory if you wish)
(MD5: 0c1d0ee0263e480e82cec6622a3c24da)

Release Notes:

Pre-Release 1 (2008-10-01):

  • Initial release of 2.8.6


To-Do:

  • I just realized the language files are 17+ megs, they will be optional for sure next release.
  • Few more tweaks are needed with some file handling in the launcher
  • Splash screen must be rebranded "XChat" as that is the official name and the only place that says X-Chat anymore is the local installer.
  • Change YChat to XChat (I did that, but I guess I threw in the wrong binaries).
  • Add support for Perl, Python, and the like.

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Thanks Patrick :D

Thanks Patrick Biggrin
Uhmmm some how your installer got corrupted :S

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Pshh

Outrageous. But thank you, I'll try to fix that.

Edit: The upload is too slow here. I'll try to fix it and make it multilingual tomorrow. Sorry.

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Oh dear! and i downloaded

Oh dear! and i downloaded that for a friend. hope you get it fixed dood!

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are you ging to support an addition of %PATH% for perl? I have mine set as App\Perl\bin.

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Yes

I can do that.

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Sweet! :D

Sweet! Biggrin

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Fixed

Links is fixed and active now.

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404 Not Found

404 Not Found

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yeah it's definetly not

yeah it's definetly not working Blum

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I've thought about and agree

I've thought about and agree with myself- It's busted Blum

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Gosh

You all like to complain a lot, eh?

Anywho... the difference an s makes. It's fixed now.

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Yes We are complainers Hear

Yes

We are complainers

Hear us ROAR! Biggrin
Thanks Patrick, I'm looking forward to trying out the upgrade\using it

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FINALLY!

Smile Finally! Pre-Release is out.

I can't wait until this is official.

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Me too!

Me too!

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There's something wrong with

There's something wrong with XChat- its not accepting the use of a background image Sad

I've tried different sizes, multiple file formats. It says that it cannot access read the file.

This doesn't happen with the official build, but the official build appears to have switched to minigtk.dll.

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Another problem is that it

Another problem is that it won't let me move the channel switcher to the "right (upper)" position. Like the post before mine, it works as it should in the official build, so I'm not sure why it's bugged now.

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This is a confirmed bug.

This is a confirmed bug. XChat Portable Fails to load a background picture.

Behavior occurs properly in the installed (Silverex) version of XChat.

  • It is not due to compression, as I have decompressed it.
  • I have put SetOutPath $PROGRAMDIRECTORY, but this has not corrected the problems either.
  • It is not due to the perl plugin, as I have removed it. I have set the %PATH% for perl to $EXEDIR\App\perl\bin
202970	9:01:08.5033797 AM	xchat.exe	2276	CreateFile	E:\PortableApps\XChatPortable\App\XChat\xchat_background.jpg	SUCCESS	Desired Access: Generic Read, Disposition: Open, Options: Synchronous IO Non-Alert, Non-Directory File, Attributes: N, ShareMode: Read, Write, AllocationSize: n/a, OpenResult: Opened
202971	9:01:08.5050434 AM	xchat.exe	2276	CreateFile	E:\PortableApps\XChatPortable\App\XChat\xchat_background.jpg	SUCCESS	Desired Access: Read Attributes, Synchronize, Disposition: Open, Options: Synchronous IO Non-Alert, Non-Directory File, Complete If Oplocked, Random Access, Attributes: N, ShareMode: Read, Write, Delete, AllocationSize: n/a, OpenResult: Opened
202972	9:01:08.5066000 AM	xchat.exe	2276	QueryFileInternalInformationFile	E:\PortableApps\XChatPortable\App\XChat\xchat_background.jpg	SUCCESS	IndexNumber: 0x90840240
202973	9:01:08.5077243 AM	xchat.exe	2276	QueryStandardInformationFile	E:\PortableApps\XChatPortable\App\XChat\xchat_background.jpg	SUCCESS	AllocationSize: 102,400, EndOfFile: 99,480, NumberOfLinks: 1, DeletePending: False, Directory: False
202974	9:01:08.5088467 AM	xchat.exe	2276	CloseFile	E:\PortableApps\XChatPortable\App\XChat\xchat_background.jpg	SUCCESS	
202976	9:01:08.5104757 AM	xchat.exe	2276	ReadFile	E:\PortableApps\XChatPortable\App\XChat\xchat_background.jpg	SUCCESS	Offset: 0, Length: 4,096

It is mentioned later,

202996	9:01:08.5197649 AM	xchat.exe	2276	CloseFile	E:\PortableApps\XChatPortable\App\XChat\xchat_background.jpg	SUCCESS	

The exact error of the text is:
Cannot open:

E:\PortableApps\XChatPortable\App\XChat\xchat_background.jpg

Silverex's XChat will luanch/load the picture correctly via a bat file with the following contents:

set PATH=%PATH%;lib
"xchat.exe" -d "settings"

Which assumes the bat file is within /XChat 2 directory.

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Would my problem also be a

Would my problem also be a bug in the portable version? As I haven't tried the decompressed Silverex version yet. If you'd prefer I check on my own, I will.

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Did you check to make sure

Did you check to make sure you moved the user list?

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Ah crap!

I'm an idiot, I didn't even think that trying to move only the channel switcher would conflict with the position of the user list. Nevermind.

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Would it be possible to have

Would it be possible to have scrollback disabled by default in the portableapps version as to prevent a lot of writes to the USB/etc. drive?

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XChat

XChat works great! doing it now and it doesnt look like anythings left behind that I see

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link dead :(

link dead Sad

But there’s no sense crying over every mistake,
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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patrick is changing a few

patrick is changing a few things around with his server. link should be back soon

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The hash doesn't match what I downloaded.

Mine was: 731e48c286187e8a14fa81e221d4fdd6

EDIT: The download aborts after 1.79 MB. This has happened thrice already, both when clicking and right-click > Save as. The Firefox Download tools expects 1.8 MB.

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Confirmed. If you'd like, I

Confirmed. If you'd like, I can upload a copy elsewhere for you.

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I downloaded this program and

I downloaded this program and when i clicked the setup file I got this error

NSIS Error
Installer integrity check has failed. Common causes include incomplete download and damaged media. Contact the installer's author to obtain a new copy
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just like the message said

just like the message said your download wasn't complete. compare the file size with the one in the first post and you should see the difference Wink

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I downloaded on a connection

I downloaded on a connection that never fails and it failed

I don't know why, but it did.

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is their any chance u can

is their any chance u can upload it else where??

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yeah, I'll upload it for you

yeah, I'll upload it for you tommorrow, as its at home and I don't have a way to get at it

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ok, sounds good!

ok, sounds good!

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beat you to it :P

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I still got the same error

I still got the same error Sad

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then there is something wrong

then there is something wrong with your network.

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hmmm. thats odd, i tried on

hmmm. thats odd, i tried on two different wireless networks on ff and on ie, maybe its my comp for some reason, ill try it later on a different comp
EDIT: hmm, i tried on 2 different comps, 3 different browsers (ie7, ff3, chrome) and 3 different networks...any idea wat the problem could be??

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Fresh install?

Have you tried a completely fresh install? IE New folder, or delete old copy and reinstall afresh. Another possibility is to try another USB to see if issue is hardware related.

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I just downloaded it to my

I just downloaded it to my desktop and when i click it i got that error i wrote down before. I tried downloading straight onto my usb but it still doesn't work. Does it work for you?

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Corrupt

Yes, it's corrupt... I can verify that. I'm working on fixing it. May be a bit. I'll post back when it's fixed.

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F1x0r3d

I'm fairly sure the file is no longer corrupt... but who's gonna be the first to find out? The choice is yours! I apologize for the inconvenience, a full refund will be offered if you return your product at the desk over there or you can cut the mail-in rebate off the back of the executable on your new download.

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Still corrupted

I tried to download it again, still getting a corrupted installation file on two different computers and networks (MD5: a9b6dded040a7250c9d613164bb2900c ).

Thanks in advance

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looks like someone already

looks like someone already took the back off my download, it was only 2MB. don't have an md5 tool on me at the moment, but it still phails to run.

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still doesn't work for me :(

still doesn't work for me Sad

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jep, it is still broken

the downloaded installer is still broken,...

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Wow....

Patrick even after I gave you a good version it still fails :S Maybe something with your server that is corrupting it?
Anywho here is a MediaFire link for everyone. I have verified using multiple methods that this is NOT corrupt. I even did a fresh install and it worked FINE.
http://www.mediafire.com/?ejeqmkzgqdy
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thx, Ben...

The file from Mediafire works pretty fine,...

Regards Marc

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Download Fixed!

I finally fixed the download, and I swear it works. Don't even lie to me this time, I downloaded it myself. ;-P

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=_=

It better work this time Blum

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I can't help but notice

I can't help but notice references to pidgin in the help file Blum I just found that tonight as I copied the help file from xchat to use for QtWebPortable I released for testing Blum

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2 X icon in Systray

Can not understand what I doing wrong, I get double SysTray icon.
If I click on left xChar crasch, right is okay.

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Yeah, it happens to

Yeah, it happens to everyone.

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Update

I just wanted to provide an update on the status of this for everyone. It looks like as of 2.8.7 and above, the application is no longer open source, that is, the source is not available.

SilvereX has updated to 2.8.6-2 (I believe) which provides update to Perl and Python and all those other good scripting dependencies.

Despite the fact XChat is unstable in a couple areas, I will be updating to SilvereX's new build possibly next week when I have some time off and in the update I'm planning to add support for custom paths for Perl and such and fixing the tray icon (I /swear/ I already did that).

This will likely never be released seeing as it is now no longer developed (as an open source project), so the only reason I'm updating it is we don't have too much alternative for IRC clients on Windows and people seem to like this.

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Thanks for keeping up with

Thanks for keeping up with this anyway, Patrick.

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Too bad :(

I was going to comment along with Zach T on the help file thing.

I'm going to work on KVIrc though, so hopefully we'll have a true IRC client for PA - of course you'll be the one I'll go to for help Wink

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Have you looked at

Have you looked at Bersirc?

Doesn't look like it's being developed anymore but the source is apparently available...

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Alrigth, a few

Alrigth, a few comments.
First, and I find it strange noone has noticed this before, it shows up a "Pidgin Portable" in the menu.
Second, and I'm not sure whether this is a silverx issue, when you set gui_tweaks to 64, which will make the userlist icons change to @+ and such instead of the colored dots, the names of non-voiced (or opped) people will not show up in the userlist. I can still right-click the names, and thus find out who they are, but I cannot see the nicks normally.

I made screenshots of both bugs, The "Pidgin Portable" bug and The userlist bug.

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installs and runs on w2000sp4 - two seperate installations

Thank you for making this. I prefer XChat to KSirc and KVirc (tried them all over some years since working on PC-BSD beta testing) - I think - but that's usually what you have got used to imho.

A small problem with the installer. It doesn't add a menu item but you can go into the app's directory and click on the executable to run it.

Probably not the right place to ask, but is it possible to manually change the menu in any way to fix such a problem? Or to customise? Perhaps a link would be helpful.

Thanks again for your hard work.

I discovered portableapps by accident and think it's a great concept for those who insist on running MS Windows when there are better systems out there Biggrin

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Have you noticed editing is always needed for the inevitable typos that weren't there when you hit the "post" button?

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Try Options > Refresh App

Try Options > Refresh App Icons.

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Tried that. Tried it again

Tried that.

Tried it again (twice) after your post.

Still isn't there.

Have you noticed editing is always needed for the inevitable typos that weren't there when you hit the "post" button?

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As I posted right above you,

As I posted right above you, it is for some reason called "Pidgin Portable", not "XChat Portable".

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Ah thank you. I renamed the

Ah thank you.

I renamed the menu item and it's as good as gold

Have you noticed editing is always needed for the inevitable typos that weren't there when you hit the "post" button?

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Fixed

Thank you, edited the name in the menu. Didn't realise that you could do that, but it seems to work.

Richard

Have you noticed editing is always needed for the inevitable typos that weren't there when you hit the "post" button?

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The previous menu didn't get

The previous menu didn't get its info from AppInfo.ini.

I mentioned this to Patrick Patience (who can correct me if I'm wrong) and the reply was basically, orly?.

The user list bug is probably a XChat bug.

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Status?

I was wondering the status with this. This is the client I use and is an awesome application to be portable.

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It's likely not going to be

It's likely not going to be made official for reasons previously mentioned, but the update would be very nice.

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need to adjust sound.conf in

need to adjust sound.conf in data\settings. Are you still actively doing this program?

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to update just download the

to update just download the version on the official website and use uniextract and copy the folder into the apps directory

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Still active?

Hi guys!

Is XChat still active? Anyone doing work on it?

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Irc clients

Yes, is this still a plan ? or should I be using Pidgin or Miranda, and if so which is better ?
If we're talking file size, Pidgin 14-51MB Installed. Miranda 5 MB, and since I am not familiar with IRC programs I do not know what all they can do, like a stand alone Irc.

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Since XChat is now shareware.

This is likely not going to made official here, however another developer here is working on a fork that includes new features, etc.

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Web Cam Support

Do any of the chat programs supported here offer a replacement for Yahoo Messenger web cam capability?

Thanks in advance.

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Pidgin is working on it.

I'm not sure about the other programs, but Pidgin is currently working on it. They have implemented the framework for video and voice, but as of right now none of the protocols support it (except for XMPP on Linux).

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Apples to Apples. Or Apples

Apples to Apples. Or Apples to oranges. Don't know.

Personally, I use miranda for everything anymore. I got some plugins and it runs really nice now.

I just got sick or pidgin. I don't like it period.

XChat will only do IRC.

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XCHAT DOESN'T HIDE!

I use X-Chat pretty much every day all day.... but when you right click the system tray icon and try to get it to hide it just crashes....

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that's not a xchat portable

that's not a xchat portable bug, that's xchat itself. I've never used the system tray plugin, it never worked the way I want it to.

Even when I did use it, it never crashed, but that was a long time ago.

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well....

It works for xchat when I have it installed regularly.....

I just want to hide the windows so SOMEONE doesn't accidentally close it

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pretty sure that is Xchat

I've used it myself, the tray can be pretty buggy, especially if you get disconnected
and who would accidentally close it? wouldn't YOU be on the computer? sounds more like you're trying to hide peopel from seeing it open, perhaps we shouldn't be chatting in school? Wink

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...

Actually there are 2 separate tray things. One is an external plugin called X-Tray. and the other is X-Chats built in one. X-Tray has never caused a crash for me. Xchat's built in one though, any time i even clicked on it, it crashed. ¬_¬ I think now X-Tray is included in XChat Portable by default so you can easily disable the built in tray thing without trouble. Just disable the built in one in the preferences of Xchat and it should be fine ^_^
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wrong menu name.

I downloaded and installed OK everything is great.

the only thing i found is that the menu entry in the pa menu, it dose have the right xchat icon but was labeled pidgin portable

i just changed the name to Xchat Portable. all good.

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No Longer Supported

This app has been scrapped and PChat (a fully open source fork of XChat) was released instead. Download that.

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Pchat isn't as good

I don't understand what it is about Pchat but certain things don't work as well as they do with this one.

I try to use quits.txt , parts.txt and away.txt the text shows up as if the font is missing and can't be displayed.

Also sometimes people type in chat and the same thing happens that weird symbol

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you need to change the font,

you need to change the font, something that supports Unicode characters, and as the Lead developer of PChat, it is getting better, in fact I've been fixing bugs that even the xchat team hasn't fixed yet.

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