Recommendations? Small Department IM server

Greg Groth ggroth at
Wed Feb 13 15:29:45 UTC 2008

B. Cook wrote:
> Hello All,
> I am looking for an im server that runs on FreeBSD (preferably from ports)
> for ~20 people with SSL/TLS.
> I see there is jabberd and ejabberd (anything else to consider?)
> It seems that ejabberd needs java and all sorts of other things.. and that
> jabber needs mysql ;)
> Am I missing something here?
> I think I should use jabber (usr/ports/net-im/jabberd).
> Anyone have anything they would like to share?
> Thanks in advance
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One of the requirements I had when setting this up in our office last 
year was that all communications had to be logged into a database. 
After trying everything out there I could lay my hands on, the only port 
at the time that would do this was ejabberd in conjunction with 
bandersnatch.  Although bandersnatch is supposed to operate with 
jabberd, the code was not kept up to date with perl modules that were 
released at a later date.  In order to get it to work with jabberd, you 
had to backport some perl modules.  I think the other port I looked at 
at the time was wildfire, which had the same issue of a outdated plugin 
available to log communications that wouldn't work.  I'm not sure if 
these issues have been corrected since I last delved into this, so you 
might want to check into it a little further if you need to.

ejabberd is pretty painless to set up, has a web interface to manage 
users, and has worked well for us for a while now.  If you need any 
assitance, send me an email directly, and I will answer any questions 
that I can.

Greg Groth

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