I’ve been using Discord quite regularly during the quarantine, and I am quite happy with it. I never get used to Slack in the past, and I no longer use Skype. However, Discord is useful for quick appointment or to simply record progress on a project shared with students or colleagues. Moreover, the fact that we can just have quick vocal chat without necessarily using face to face conversation using a camera is more to my liking. This is not that I’m a shy guy (okay, just a bit of an introvert) but who needs video call when you just want to chat using a reliable channel?
The installation instructions are pretty simple. First, you will need to installed bitlbee via Homebrew. By default this will install the dev version, which is what we need since we want to use some plugin. Then, you just have to grab the plugin released on Github (version 0.4.3 at the time of this writing) and compile it. I had to reinstall
libtool as I got stuck with the following error message when generating the configure script:
undefined macro: AC_DISABLE_STATIC
Other than that everything went fine. Don’t forget to launch the Bitblee daemon using, e.g.,
brew services start bitlbee. You can check that it is running in the background using the following command:
Name Status User Plist $ brew services list bitlbee started chl /Users/chl/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.bitlbee.plist emacs-plus stopped emacs-plus stopped isync stopped lighttpd stopped mysql stopped nginx stopped redis stopped unbound stopped
I was able to access all my Discord channels in Emacs using Circe client, which is the default one in Doom Emacs. Note that you don’t necessarily need to start Circe using the dedicated function
=irc in Doom, except if you want to configure IRC servers yourselves. In my case, I just run
circe and get a prompt where I can choose to connect to Freenode or Bitlbee running locally as a daemon. Assuming you configured Discord access correctly (I don’t know why but I didn’t need to register a Discord token) and saved your configuration, you should be ready to chat immediately. At a glance, here are a few commands that are useful to navigate in your Discord channels:
chat list discord and
chat add discord !4 #borabora are used to list all channels and add one using a dedicated alias given its rank number;
/join #borabora will obviously let you land in, like in IRC. Finally, note that
chat list won’t list your private conversations, and you will need to
/msg your buddy directly.