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I am using xchat as my IRC client on Ubuntu 9.10. It's mostly fine, but when I get a message that's wider than the screen, I can't view the end of it as it goes off the edge of the screen. How do I make xchat split long lines?

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That feature you are missing is called word-wrapping, and it works on my updated karmic. Apparently there is no option on the graphical interface to turn this on/off.

Take a look at the line beginning with text_wordwrap on the file /home/your username/.xchat2/xchat.conf

It should be set to 1. That line should be:

text_wordwrap = 1

If it's set to 0, you can use a text editor to change that value to 1.

EDIT: see comments

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  • It is set to 1. However, it does not split the lines.
    – Macha
    Nov 11 '09 at 18:28
  • You can try renaming the directory ~/.xchat to create a new configuration the next time xchat is started, and check if the problem remains.
    – alfplayer
    Nov 11 '09 at 21:13
  • That fixed it. I just reset all my customisations and it works now.
    – Macha
    Nov 14 '09 at 21:23
  • That as in the comment btw.
    – Macha
    Nov 14 '09 at 21:24

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