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Some notes and resources about my use of IRC.

See AboutThesePages.




  • Server: irc.gnome.org
  • Channel: #abiword


  • www.thelinuxlink.net?
  • #lvlug



  • Ksirc
  • KVirc (too much color, hard to read)
  • Irssi (black background, hard to read, but looks like it has useful options (like automation))
  • Xchat (black background, hard to read, but looks interesting)
  • irc, ircii, ircII from command line -- would not start, presumably not installed.

Some simple commands

  • /whois <username> -- provides information about a user
  • /quit Good night (need quotes?) -- quits a channel and posts a Good night message.
  • <just type, hit return> -- everybody on the channel sees your message, prefixed with your nickname
  • /msg <username> hi there -- only the named user sees "hi there"
  • /dcc chat <username> -- you request a direct chat with the named user
    • she accepts the invitation by typing /ddd chat <your_username>
    • then exchange messages using the format:/msg =<other_username> Hi there!
  • /nick <new_nickname> -- changes your nickname
  • /help -- can't figure out what this does wink

Setting a different alias

(otherwise uses my username on my home computer which is "dad" -- not my preference):

  • In Ksirc, specify as part of the channel, like #abiword/rhkramer -- that did not seem to work -- I apparently created my own channel abiword/kramer -- maybe I need spaces around the slash.
  • ??
  • Specify an environment variable named IRCNAME:
    • In the ksh shell:
      • setenv IRCNAME = "rhkramer"
      • or, set in .cshrc file
    • In the bash shell (and several others):
      • IRCNAME = "rhkramer"
      • export IRCNAME
      • or, set in .profile

Running Scripts

  • Don't -- they create a security hole -- people have had their machines taken over by others when they've run scripts.
  • Don't accept scripts from strangers (or "friends")


It seems that everything slows down perceptibly when I start an IRC client, and it seems to stay slowed down even after I close it. top says ksirc is using 8.8% of memory and very little CPU (0 to 0.1%)

Sources of Help


  • RandyKramer - 2001-02-19, updated 2001 -- 12 Jun 2001 (transferred from swiki)
  • RandyKramer - 23 Apr 2002 -- transferred from home TWiki
  • <If you edit this page, add your name here, move this to the next line>

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