Setting Up Bitlbee

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apt-get install bitlbee bitlbee-libpurple


Ensure you have backed up the following two directories:

/etc/bitlbee/ stores all settings.
/var/lib/bitlbee/ stores all accounts.


If you want to migrate your data, you need to stop BitlBee (/etc/init.d/bitlbeed stop) and replace these two directories. Probably BitlBee will say something like this when trying to bring all accounts up:

No accounts known. Use account add to add one.

This can be solved by setting the correct owner and group of /var/lib/bitlbee/:

chown -R bitlbee:nogroup /var/lib/bitlbee/

Then you just have to restart BitlBee and you’re done.