KTp/Components/Accounts KCM Hack Day

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The goal of today is to try and do as much crazy hacking on the Accounts setup in KDE Telepathy in a day. There are lots of other areas in KDE telepathy, but today is ideally going to be centralised on one thing in order to be more productive.

Just shout out in #kde-telepathy that you want to help, and we'll see what tasks suit you best.

poke d_ed or david_edmundson on IRC for me. I'll be there hopefully 10am GMT onwards.

Current State of KDE Telepathy

KDE Telepathy is made up of a lot of components, each of these are at different states of completeness.

Recently there was a large API change between Telepathy Qt0.4 and 0.5, some of these components compile against 0.4, some 0.5. Some parts are nearly done, some need a lot of work.

Everything we need today requires Tp-Qt0.5. For more information see http://community.kde.org/Real-Time_Communication_and_Collaboration/Current_State

Who's helping

If you want to help out, put your name on this list and tell us what you're main skills are:

  • David Edmundson: Knows C++/Qt/Telepathy-Qt4 quite well.
  • Jeffery MacEachern: Knows C++/Qt, learning KDE API.
  • Some guy called INIT64 from Reddit - basic C/C++
  • Lasse Liehu: C++/Qt

Getting Setup

The following will get you set up enough in order to hack on just the system settings part of KDE telepathy:


Make sure you have telepathy installed, packages from your distribution should be fine. You'll also need the standard development for any KDE work, kdelibs-dev, a compiler, GCC, qt-designer, git.

You will also need a copy of telepathy installed. Anything provided by your distro should be fine.

Personally I like using qtcreator for my editing but you can choose what you like.


You need to have telepathy Qt-4 > 0.5 installed. It is unlikely your distribution is this up to date.

Download the tarball here:

wget http://telepathy.freedesktop.org/releases/telepathy-qt4/telepathy-qt4-0.5.0.tar.gz tar xfvz telepathy-qt4-0.5.0.tar.gz cd telepathy-qt4-0.5.0 mkdir build cd build cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr make sudo make install

There are later versions of Tp-Qt4 however these require a newer version of telepathy than shipped with Ubuntu (and probably other distributions). If you can compile it that's great, if not otherwise 0.5 is fine.

KCM Accounts

We need the very latest versions of the account manager so we have to fetch it from our git repository

git clone git://anongit.kde.org/telepathy-accounts-kcm cd telepathy-accounts-kcm mkdir build cd build cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr make sudo make install

KCM Account Plugins

git clone git://anongit.kde.org/telepathy-accounts-kcm-plugins cd telepathy-accounts-kcm-plugins mkdir build cd build cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr make sudo make install

Anything Else

The KDE Telepathy stack is obviously a lot more than just an account configuration page, however a lot is unfinished so I'd like to stay focussed on just one area today.

To get setup with the rest of KDE Telepathy please see:



A list of tasks are available here: http://community.kde.org/index.php?title=Real-Time_Communication_and_Collaboration/Components/Accounts_KCM_Tasks


launch with "kcmshell4 kcm_telepathy_accounts" this will show you all the debug output as it runs.

One of the easiest ways to verify it all worked ok is simply to install empathy (the gnome IM client) all accounts created in the KDE telepathy setup should appear and work here.

If you have succesfully tested configuring an account and had it logged in successfully, please record that here.


Install the plasma applet + dataengine listed in the Getting Setup link. Note we don't have a working contact list right now, so it's going to be hard to really test anything.

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