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Since August 2003, LUG@UCLA's IRC channel is located at #lug on (aka GIMPNet).

What is IRC

"Internet Relay Chat (IRC) provides a way of communicating in real time with people from all over the world. It consists of various separate networks of IRC servers, machines that allow users to connect to IRC. IRC is very similar to text messaging, but designed around communicating with large groups of users instead of one-on-one." [ref]

More info on Wikipedia.

To get on IRC, you need an IRC client. Some IRC clients for Linux, Mac, and Windows include:

For your convenience, we have provided an IRC web interface. It will automatically connect you to our IRC channel from your web browser.

Installing an IRC client

All of the aforementioned IRC clients can be installed using your distribution's package manager.

e.g. to install XChat on Debian GNU/Linux, enter this command (as root): # apt-get install xchat

Those IRC clients are also installed on the LUG servers. You can access the servers remotely via SSH.

Using an IRC client

To join the #lug channel on the (aka GIMPNet) network, follow the steps below for your corresponding IRC client:


  1. start xchat, select GimpNet, then click connect
  2. wait for the connection to complete (this may take up to 15 seconds), then join #lug

You may now chat with others in the channel.


  1. start weechat in a terminal window: $ weechat-curses
  2. connect to a network: /connect
  3. wait for the MOTD (this may take up to 15 seconds)
  4. join a channel: /join #lug

You may now chat with others in the channel.

To leave the current channel, type: /buffer close

To leave all channels and quit, type: /quit

Persistent IRC

Keep your IRC session alive for long periods of time by using one of the following methods:

Virtual console method

Run your IRC client inside a virtual console (such as GNU Screen) on a server.

In the following example we use the LUG server, Screen, and WeeChat.

  1. ssh into the LUG server: $ ssh
  2. start a Screen session named "IRC": $ screen -S IRC
  3. start WeeChat and join a channel (see above)
  4. detach from the Screen session by pressing ctrl+a then d
  5. re-attach to the Screen session by typing: $ screen -x IRC
  6. repeat steps 4 and 5 as needed.

Bouncer method

Run a bouncer (such as znc) on a server, and connect to it from your IRC client.


Other channels

  • #ucla on - the unofficial UCLA channel (webchat)

IRC is an open standard, thus there are many independently operated IRC networks. Nearly every open source project has its own IRC channel(s) for user support or development chatter. Have a question about GNOME? Head over to the #gnome channel on Have a question about Linux? Head over to #linux on We cannot possibly list every channel and network, but here is a list of IRC search engines: