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All of the aforementioned IRC clients can be installed using your distribution's package manager.
 
All of the aforementioned IRC clients can be installed using your distribution's package manager.
  
e.g. to install xchat on Debian GNU/Linux, type: <code>sudo apt-get install xchat</code>
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e.g. to install XChat on Debian GNU/Linux, enter this command (as root): <code># apt-get install xchat</code>
  
 
Those IRC clients are also installed on the LUG servers. You can access the servers remotely via [[Secure Shell | SSH]].
 
Those IRC clients are also installed on the LUG servers. You can access the servers remotely via [[Secure Shell | SSH]].
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To join the '''#lug''' channel on the '''irc.gimp.org''' (aka GIMPNet) network, follow the steps below for your corresponding IRC client:
 
To join the '''#lug''' channel on the '''irc.gimp.org''' (aka GIMPNet) network, follow the steps below for your corresponding IRC client:
  
=== xchat ===
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=== XChat ===
  
# start xchat, select '''GimpNet''', then click connect
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# start <tt>xchat</tt>, select '''GimpNet''', then click connect
 
#: [[File:xchat1.png|120px|caption]]
 
#: [[File:xchat1.png|120px|caption]]
 
# wait for the connection to complete (this may take up to 15 seconds), then join '''#lug'''
 
# wait for the connection to complete (this may take up to 15 seconds), then join '''#lug'''
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You may now chat with others in the channel.
 
You may now chat with others in the channel.
  
=== irssi ===
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=== Irssi ===
  
# start irssi in a terminal window: <code>irssi</code>
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# start Irssi in a terminal window: <code>$ irssi</code>
 
# connect to a network: <code>/connect irc.gimp.org</code>
 
# connect to a network: <code>/connect irc.gimp.org</code>
 
# wait for the MOTD (this may take up to 15 seconds)
 
# wait for the MOTD (this may take up to 15 seconds)
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To leave all channels and quit, type: <code>/quit</code>
 
To leave all channels and quit, type: <code>/quit</code>
  
=== weechat ===
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=== WeeChat ===
  
# start weechat in a terminal window: <code>weechat-curses</code>
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# start weechat in a terminal window: <code>$ weechat-curses</code>
 
# connect to a network: <code>/connect irc.gimp.org</code>
 
# connect to a network: <code>/connect irc.gimp.org</code>
 
# wait for the MOTD (this may take up to 15 seconds)
 
# wait for the MOTD (this may take up to 15 seconds)
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=== Virtual console method ===
 
=== Virtual console method ===
  
Run your IRC client inside a virtual console (such as <code>screen</code>) on a server.
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Run your IRC client inside a virtual console (such as GNU Screen) on a server.
  
In the following example we use the LUG server, <code>screen</code>, and <code>weechat-curses</code>.
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In the following example we use the LUG server, Screen, and WeeChat.
  
# ssh into the LUG server: <code>ssh user@linux.ucla.edu</code>
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# ssh into the LUG server: <code>$ ssh user@linux.ucla.edu</code>
# start a virtual console named "IRC": <code>screen -S IRC</code>
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# start a Screen session named "IRC": <code>$ screen -S IRC</code>
# start your IRC client: <code>weechat-curses</code>
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# start your IRC client and join a channel (see above)
# connect to a server and join a channel (see above)
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# detach from the Screen session by pressing '''ctrl+a''' then '''d'''
# detach from the screen session by pressing '''ctrl+a''' then '''d'''
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# re-attach to the Screen session by typing: <code>$ screen -x IRC</code>
# re-attach to the screen session by typing: <code>screen -x IRC</code>
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# repeat steps 4 and 5 as needed. Have a lot of fun!
# repeat steps 5 and 6 as needed. Have a lot of fun!
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=== Bouncer method ===
 
=== Bouncer method ===

Revision as of 00:42, 13 November 2013

>>> #lug on irc.gimp.org <<<

>>> https://linux.ucla.edu/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]

LUG@UCLA's IRC channel can be found on the GIMPNet IRC network (channel is #lug). Feel free to join the channel and talk to us!

Some IRC clients for Linux, Mac, and Windows include:

You can also use our IRC web interface to chat with members of LUG@UCLA. It will automatically connect you to our IRC channel from within 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 irc.gimp.org (aka GIMPNet) network, follow the steps below for your corresponding IRC client:

XChat

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


You may now chat with others in the channel.

Irssi

  1. start Irssi in a terminal window: $ irssi
  2. connect to a network: /connect irc.gimp.org
  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: /leave

To leave all channels and quit, type: /quit

WeeChat

  1. start weechat in a terminal window: $ weechat-curses
  2. connect to a network: /connect irc.gimp.org
  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 user@linux.ucla.edu
  2. start a Screen session named "IRC": $ screen -S IRC
  3. start your IRC client 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. Have a lot of fun!

Bouncer method

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

TODO

Other channels

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 help or development chatter. Have a question about GNOME? Head over to the #gnome channel on irc.gimp.org. Have a question about Linux? Head over to #linux on irc.freenode.net. We cannot possibly list every channel and network, but here is a list of IRC search engines: