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-===== skcmd ===== 
-  
-This page tries to explain quicly how to install and use skcmd. skcmd enables 
-you to control Skype, while it's running, through your commandline. It is perfect 
-to work around the accessibility problems of the main interface of Skype, as well as the major bugs in the plugin pidgin-skype. 
-  
-The following instructions were tested on Vinux 4.0, i.e. Ubuntu 12.04, as well as 
-Debian Wheezy 7.0. 
-  
-===== What to Install ===== 
-  
-First, install the package python-authkit. It installs a lot of important 
-dependencies. Then, download the needed utilities, i.e. skcmd and skype4py. 
-  
-<code> 
-git clone http://github.com:/lsmithso/skcmd.git 
-git clone https://github.com/awahlig/skype4py.git 
-</code> 
-  
  
-In any order, install both packages. For this, change to their respective directories 
-and run, in each one: 
-  
-<code> 
-sudo python setup.py install 
-</code> 
- ===== Usage ===== 
-  
-Now, to use skcmd, you need to run the daemon, as regular user: 
-  
-<code> 
-skcmd.py s 
-</code> 
-  
-Skype will ask you to accept that an outside program wants to use its API. Say 
-yes. 
-  
-On another tab on window, run the appropriate commands.  
-  
-===== Commands ===== 
-  
-The complete list of client commands are: 
-  
-authz handle 0|1 - Authorize   the contact with handle. 
-  
-contacts - Prints a list of all your contacts in the format  handle/display name/full name/status. 
-  
-auto_answer 0|1 - Turns off/on autoanswer. Default is off. 
-  
-hangup - Finish the current call. 
-  
-exit - Terminate the  skcmd server. 
-  
-answer - Answer the current inbound call. 
-  
-call handle - Place an outbound call to the user with handle. Handle 
-is the Skype id printed in the 1st column of the 'contacts' command. 
-  
-tone tones - send DTMF tones, ie for POTS conferencing. 
-  
-add_contact  - Sends an authz requests to handle 
-  
-search = Search for a Skype user 
-  
-chat - chat to the user with handle. 
-  
-status  Set your status to DND, INVISIBLE  etc 
-  
-   mood - set your mood message 
-  
-  vms - List all voicemails,. 
-  
-  vmplay idx - Play the voicemail with index number idx 
-  
-  vmstop - Stop the currently playing voicemail 
-  
-  vmdelete idx - Delete the voicemail with id idx 
-  
-  me  - print your skype id/screen name and your current balance. 
-  
-help - A breif help message. 
-  
- 
-===== Skype status changes ===== 
-  
-The server logs some Skype status messages to stdout, and  signals them on D-Bus. 
-  
-Status logged includes inbound/outbound call progress (in particular 
-  
-inbound call ringing), contact authorization requests, contact status 
-changes (online, away etc) and chat messages. 
-  
-These are plain text messages so a TTS should be able to announce them. 
-  
-skcmd also signal D-Bus with these status messages. A simple skcmd.el is included that listens for this signal and announces it to emacspeak. 
-  
- 
-===== Disclaimer ===== 
-  
-This software comes with absolutely no warranty whatsoever, and comes 
-AS-IS.  Do what you want with itt. I take no responsibility whatsoever 
-for it. 
-  
-===== The Demise of the Skype Desktop API ===== 
-  
-skcmd.py and all other Skype apps depend on the availability of the 
-Skype Desktop API. This is a rich programming interface that makes 
-just about all Skype desktop functionality available to apps. It 
-allows inventive and powerful 3rd party telephony apps to be built 
-around Skype for free. It is a mature and well documented part of the 
-Skype ecosystem. 
-  
-In July 2013 Microsoft announced that they were killing off this API 
-in favour of a new SkypeURI interface.  This interface has vastly 
-reduced functionality, to the point where its almost useless. 
-SkypeURI is unusable for skcmd, and I suspect for a lot of other apps 
-  
-too. 
-  
-The announcement says that the Desktop API will begin to stop working 
-in September 2013, and that apps should start using SkypeURI right 
-away. 
-  
-SkypeURI is not currently available for Linux, so if the Desktop API 
-does stop working, skcmd.py is sunk. Even when it does become 
-available, it is of no use at all, so skcmd.py is still sunk. 
-  
-As of September 3 2013, skcmd.py was still fully functioning, so enjoy 
-it while you can! 
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