A special version of MUCkl with tribune features.
What is MUCkl ?
MUCkl is a web based groupchat application with focus on ease of
installation and usage. As a user you just need to enter your
desired nickname and start chatting.
MUCkl doesn't need Perl, PHP or MySQL at the server side nor Java at
MUCkl uses Jabber technology to handle all communication. It
let's you connect to any predefined MUC-based chat room.
What is a tribune?
A tribune is a type of chat popular in some obscure french websites.
It adds to traditionnal chat some usefull features:
- norloge: a conversation flow highlightning tool.
- totoz: a way to insert stupid images.
Supported browsers and plattforms
As of this release MUCkl has not been tested a lot. It should work
with any version of Internet Explorer since version 5 and all recent
versions of Gecko ("Mozilla") based browsers.
Feedback on this is very welcome!
In order to use MUCkl you need to have access to an HTTP Polling
or HTTP Binding service for Jabber. These allow you to connect to
a Jabber server using the HTTP protocol rather than raw TCP/IP
sockets. There are Jabber servers that have built-in HTTP Polling
support like ejabberd or some of the commercial ones.
There are also some standalone implementations of HTTP Polling
available like tonneru and webjah. Both allow you to connect
to any jabber server. Latest versions of punjab have built in
support for HTTP Polling and HTTP Binding. See punjab's website for
Additionally you need a web server of your choice capable of doing
address rewriting (at least if you're using an HTTP proxy service
that is not local to your web server).
So to sum it up: If you don't know of any public jabber server which
offers HTTP Polling as a free service, you will have to install your
own jabber server or one of the HTTP Polling components mentioned
above. If you've got the choice use ejabberd as it's the most
reliable solution available at the moment at no cost.
Unpack MUCkl into a directory accessible by your web server.
2) Configure Web Server
This is the trickiest part of the setup as it depends on which
HTTP Polling service you've chosen. It requires some knowledge of
apache configuration as well as some understanding of what HTTP
First let me explain, what we need to do and why: Due to security
data outside the domain it has been loaded from. Gecko based
browsers are even more restrictive in this as they don't allow
them to access data on a different port either.
So say, the HTTP Polling service we plan to use for MUCkl is
located at http://jabber.somedomain.com:5280/http-poll/ (a
typical ejabberd URI). MUCkl itself is served at
http://www.mydomain.com/MUCkl/. Now we have to make sure that our
installation of MUCkl can access the HTTP Polling service by
calling some local URI like
http://www.mydomain.com/http-poll/. So we have to
setup a rewrite rule which redirects requests on
Using apache this can be achieved by the following steps:
* Make sure that mod_rewrite and mod_proxy (additionally
mod_proxy_http for apache2) are loaded.
* Define a rewrite rule for your MUCkl installation directory (Step 1).
E.g. create an .htaccess file within your MUCkl installation
directory like the following:
RewriteRule http-poll/ http://jabber.somedomain.com:5280/http-poll/ [P]
3) Setup Jabber Account
In order to complete Step 3 and 4 you will need a native Jabber
client that supports registration of new accounts and the MUC
protocol for configuration of your chat room. My tip: Use Exodus
on Windows, tkabber on Linux.
Now you need to create a new jabber account. Make sure that you
can connect to it by way of the chosen HTTP Polling service. So
most probably using the example above you would create it on
Everybody using your installation of MUCkl will use this account
data to enter the Jabber network and join your chat room.
4) Setup Chat Room
Now use some different Jabber account which will be the owner of
your desired chat room. Enter your room or create a new one and
configure it to suit your needs (e.g. don't make it
private/invite only/password protected, as MUCkl doesn't support
these kind of things).
5) Configure MUCkl
Now that we have all necessary data at hand we finally may edit
config.js (located in MUCkl's installation directory). For
detailed information on how to do this refer to the comments
given in this file!
When done, fire up your prefered browser (see above! ;-)) and
login to MUCkl.
MUCkl is a stripped down version of JWChat - a web based Jabber
client. As such it uses the JSJaC library for communication with
the Jabber network. JSJaC allows you to connect to Jabber servers
using either HTTP Polling or HTTP Binding. Groupchat
functionality is realized as an implementation of the Multi User
Conference Protocol [MUC].
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU
General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307