IRC How-ToCode n Splode - Sept 2012
Agenda●   Welcome●   Introductions●   Announcements●   Talk●   Questions●   Splode!
What is IRC?● Internet Relay Chat● Multi-user chat system● Users participate in group chat via  "channels" or communicate ...
IRC History● Written by Jarkko Oikarinen, a BBS admin  at University of Oulu in Finland● First released August 1988● Neede...
Tech Details● Text-based, client-server protocol● Uses TCP, typically on port 6660-6669 and  7000 (officially assigned por...
Raw IRC Messages<< JOIN #codensplode IegaThai4>> :christiek!~christiek@pdpc/supporter/active/christiekoehler JOIN#codenspl...
Raw IRC Messages<< JOIN #codensplode IegaThai4>> :christiek!~christiek@pdpc/supporter/active/christiekoehler JOIN#codenspl...
Terminology●   Network●   Client●   Channel●   Operator●   Channel Operator●   Commands
Network● Consists of at least one server, but can  consist of many servers in a spanning tree.● What your client connects ...
Client● Anything that connects to an IRC network  that isnt a server.● Includes your chat program and bots as well.● Each ...
Channel● A "room" that users can join and chat as a  group.● Messages sent to a channel are seen by all  who have currentl...
Operator● A client with special privileges on a network.● Help maintain the network by adding and  removing servers; addin...
Channel Operator● A client with special privileges on a channel.● Help maintain the channel by removing  disruptive client...
Commands● Commands are how clients interact with  servers.● Prefixed with a forward-slash (/).● They often take one or mor...
Lets Connect!Freenode:  chat.freenode.net  SSL enabled, port 6697, 7000 or 7070List of location specific servers:   http:/...
Basic Commands● Get list of channels  ○ /list  ○ /list -min 30  ○ note: not recommended for large networks● List who is in...
Basic Commands● Join a channel  ○ /join #channel  ○ /join #channel keyword● Leave (part) a channel  ○ /part  ○ /part #chan...
Basic Commands● Send a private message  ○ /msg nick message● Open privmsg window to a user  ○ /query nick● Actions  ○ /me ...
Register with NickServ● NickServ is a service that helps manage  clients on IRC networks.● Registering with NickServ prese...
Register with ChanServ● Like NickServ, ChanServ is a service that  helps maintain channels on IRC networks.● Registering y...
Items not covered...●   Channel management●   Bouncers●   Bots●   DCC and filesharing●   Operating an IRC network
Thank you!        Questions? Get in touch!        Christie Koehler        Twitter: christiekoehler        Freenode: christ...
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  1. 1. IRC How-ToCode n Splode - Sept 2012
  2. 2. Agenda● Welcome● Introductions● Announcements● Talk● Questions● Splode!
  3. 3. What is IRC?● Internet Relay Chat● Multi-user chat system● Users participate in group chat via "channels" or communicate privately● Constantly evolving● Its simplicity makes it powerful● There are many, many chat networks
  4. 4. IRC History● Written by Jarkko Oikarinen, a BBS admin at University of Oulu in Finland● First released August 1988● Needed an improvement for existing talk feature● Modeled after Bitnet Relay for BITNET● Many specifications: RFC 1459, RFC 2810- 13, but none are official
  5. 5. Tech Details● Text-based, client-server protocol● Uses TCP, typically on port 6660-6669 and 7000 (officially assigned port 194)● Each message and reply is a single line● Each chat network has at least 1 server, but can have many (in a tree structure)
  6. 6. Raw IRC Messages<< JOIN #codensplode IegaThai4>> :christiek!~christiek@pdpc/supporter/active/christiekoehler JOIN#codensplode<< MODE #codensplode<< WHO #codensplode>> :pratchett.freenode.net 332 christiek #codensplode :http://cat-shaming.tumblr.com/>> :pratchett.freenode.net 333 christiek #codensplode akfarrell!~afarrell@www.amykfarrell.com 1345957605>> :pratchett.freenode.net 353 christiek @ #codensplode :christiek addiemew_ephany1 kcomandich spinnerin skgolden akfarrell reidab>> :pratchett.freenode.net 366 christiek #codensplode :End of /NAMES list.>> :pratchett.freenode.net 315 christiek #codensplode :End of /WHO list.>> :services. 328 christiek #codensplode :http://codeandsplode.org
  7. 7. Raw IRC Messages<< JOIN #codensplode IegaThai4>> :christiek!~christiek@pdpc/supporter/active/christiekoehler JOIN#codensplode<< MODE #codensplode Thankfully, you dont have to type<< WHO #codensplode these commands...>> :pratchett.freenode.net 332 christiek #codensplode :http://cat-shaming.tumblr.com/>> :pratchett.freenode.net 333 christiek #codensplode akfarrell!~afarrell@www.amykfarrell.com 1345957605 ...unless you only ever want>> :pratchett.freenode.net 353 christiek @ #codensplode :christiek addiemew_ephany1 kcomandich spinnerin skgolden akfarrell reidab to use telnet.>> :pratchett.freenode.net 366 christiek #codensplode :End of /NAMES list.>> :pratchett.freenode.net 315 christiek #codensplode :End of /WHO list.>> :services. 328 christiek #codensplode :http://codeandsplode.org
  8. 8. Terminology● Network● Client● Channel● Operator● Channel Operator● Commands
  9. 9. Network● Consists of at least one server, but can consist of many servers in a spanning tree.● What your client connects to so that you can chat with others.● Each server in the tree is running IRC daemon software.● In a multi-server network, two users dont have to be on the same server to chat with one another.
  10. 10. Client● Anything that connects to an IRC network that isnt a server.● Includes your chat program and bots as well.● Each client must be uniquely identified.● Messages to clients are transmitted through the server (no need for direct connection).
  11. 11. Channel● A "room" that users can join and chat as a group.● Messages sent to a channel are seen by all who have currently joined that channel.● Channel names are unique and usually prefixed with hash character (#).● Channels are created when the first user joins the channel and destroyed when the last user leaves.
  12. 12. Operator● A client with special privileges on a network.● Help maintain the network by adding and removing servers; adding, removing and banning (if necessary) other clients, etc.
  13. 13. Channel Operator● A client with special privileges on a channel.● Help maintain the channel by removing disruptive clients, setting the topic and changing channel settings (like keywords).● If you are the first to join a channel, you are often made its operator automatically.
  14. 14. Commands● Commands are how clients interact with servers.● Prefixed with a forward-slash (/).● They often take one or more arguments.● On most networks you can issue the help command for more info about any command ○ /help ○ /help <command>● Can usually run commands for one channel while in another by specifying other channel.
  15. 15. Lets Connect!Freenode: chat.freenode.net SSL enabled, port 6697, 7000 or 7070List of location specific servers: http://freenode.net/irc_servers.shtml
  16. 16. Basic Commands● Get list of channels ○ /list ○ /list -min 30 ○ note: not recommended for large networks● List who is in a channel ○ /who ○ /who #channel● Get info about a user ○ /whois nick● Change your nickname ○ /nick newnick
  17. 17. Basic Commands● Join a channel ○ /join #channel ○ /join #channel keyword● Leave (part) a channel ○ /part ○ /part #channel● Invite someone to a channel: ○ /invite nick #channel● Set away status (message optional) ○ /away message● Set returned status ○ /back
  18. 18. Basic Commands● Send a private message ○ /msg nick message● Open privmsg window to a user ○ /query nick● Actions ○ /me description of action ○ produces "christiek does something" ○ always in the third person● Ignore a user ○ /ignore hostmask types options ○ some networks use nick, freenode uses hostmask
  19. 19. Register with NickServ● NickServ is a service that helps manage clients on IRC networks.● Registering with NickServ preserves your nickname and is often required to do things like join channels with keywords.● To register, enter this once: ○ /msg NickServ REGISTER password youremail@example.com● On subsequent connects, enter: ○ /msg NickServ IDENTIFY password● Record your password in a safe place!
  20. 20. Register with ChanServ● Like NickServ, ChanServ is a service that helps maintain channels on IRC networks.● Registering your channels with ChanServ links you with the channel and provides a mechanism for recovering the channel should it be taken.● Usage: ○ /msg ChanServ register <channelname> <password> description_of_channel● Record that password in a safe place!
  21. 21. Items not covered...● Channel management● Bouncers● Bots● DCC and filesharing● Operating an IRC network
  22. 22. Thank you! Questions? Get in touch! Christie Koehler Twitter: christiekoehler Freenode: christiek christiekoehler@gmail.com

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