Chapter 8. Frequently Asked Questions

8.1. What does Kopete mean? How do I pronounce it?
8.2. When I have more than one messaging service under a user's name in my contact list and I click on that user's name, it will message them on the wrong messaging service.
8.3. I need to connect via a SOCKS proxy, but I cannot find any proxy configuration options in Kopete. How do I set up Kopete to use SOCKS?
8.4. Is it possible to customize the icons I see in Kopete?

8.1.

What does Kopete mean? How do I pronounce it?

Kopete's name comes from the chilean word Copete, meaning a drink with your friends. Duncan, the original author, recorded an audio sample.

8.2.

When I have more than one messaging service under a user's name in my contact list and I click on that user's name, it will message them on the wrong messaging service.

You can change the order of accounts Kopete tries to message people with by using the Up and Down arrows in the bottom right corner of the account configuration screen. Kopete will try to connect with accounts starting from the top. However, if one service has a higher status value than the others for that user, Kopete will use that one. For example, if a person has three services and two are marked as away and the third is marked as online, Kopete will always try to message the user using the online service.

Tip

If you click on the small protocol icon on the right of the menu item, instead of on the person's name, you will always try to contact the person using that service!

8.3.

I need to connect via a SOCKS proxy, but I cannot find any proxy configuration options in Kopete. How do I set up Kopete to use SOCKS?

  • MSN™, ICQ™, AIM™, Jabber, and Yahoo™ use the KDE network infrastructure. Their SOCKS proxy details are configured with the rest of KDE, in System Settings, Network and ConnectivityNetwork SettingsProxy.

8.4.

Is it possible to customize the icons I see in Kopete?

You can switch between different emoticons using the Emoticons tab of the Appearance page of the Configure Kopete dialog.

To install new emoticons, first look at KDE-Look.org, where there are a lot of additional emoticon sets to download.

The emoticons are easy to install - you just place a folder containing the icon files along with an XML file describing the mapping from text to picture in $KDEDIR/share/apps/kopete/pics/emoticons (or $KDEHOME, for example, in /home/joeuser/.kde/).

  1. Copy the extracted folder to $KDEDIR/share/apps/kopete/pics/emoticons or $HOME/.kde/share/apps/kopete/pics/emoticons (or wherever $KDEHOME is)

  2. Select Configure Kopete from the Settings menu and click on Appearance in the left panel of the Preferences window and click on the Emoticons tab

  3. Select the emoticons set you just installed from the list

  4. Now you can use the newly installed emoticons in Kopete

To replace the protocol icons, you'll have to replace the icons in $KDEDIR/share/apps/kopete/icons, or provide replacements to override them in the same folder under $KDEHOME. At present there aren't any complete replacement sets that you can simply extract there.