How to IRC

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IRC Setup

glowing-bear screen capture of #csc IRC channel
A screen capture of the #csc IRC channel, as seen from glowing-bear client

This method will establish a persistent IRC sessions that you can connect to with different clients. A weechat server program running on a CSClub server will remain connected to IRC networks at all times, and simply connecting to your weechat server program will give you all the chat history upon connection.

To set up your weechat server program:

  1. Log in to a CS Club general-use server, such as, and run `weechat` in such a way that it will keep running after you log out
  2.   $ ssh
      $ screen -U weechat

    (you can now close the terminal window and weechat will keep running. Or CTRL-A CTRL-D to leave the screen session)

  3. Set up your weechat server
  4. (in the weechat window that was opened by the previous command) > /set [yourpassword] > /relay add weechat [yourport] > /save Replace [yourpassword] with a password of your choice and [yourport] with a port in the range of [28100-28400]
  5. Connect to your weechat server using any weechat client
  6. glowing-bear is a free and open source web-based weechat client. It works well as a desktop client. To connect using glowing-bear, fill in "Connection Settings" with ``, `[yourport]`, and `[yourpassword]`. Weechat Android is a free and open source android weechat client. It gives notifications when your receive a direct message or your name is mentioned in one of the channels you are in. To connect using Weechat Android, fill in Settings > Connection with ``, `[yourport]`, and `[yourpassword]`.
  7. Join the #csc IRC channel
  8. In your weechat client (e.g. glowing-bear or Weechat Android), switch to the 'Freenode' tab and type > /join #csc If you do not see a Freenode tab, first type > /connect
  9. Know some IRC commands
  10. Welcome to the channel! Go ahead and say something, like > Good morning ctdalek If you want to privately message someone, the command is `/q [nick] [optional message]` which will open a new tab with that person. For example `/q pj2melan ping pong`. If you want to join another channel, use `/join [channel]`, for example `/join #csc`.

Note about CSClub server restarts: If taurine or any server you're using to run the weechat program on is restarted for any reason (we'll email you if it does), Make sure to complete step 1 again to start up your server. You won't have to reconfigure weechat (step 2) though.

Quick Basic Setup

1. Open up an IRC client, i.e. irssi. Launch irssi in a screen session, which you can return to later.

 $ ssh
 $ screen -U irssi

2. In irssi, connect to the freenode network and join our channel.

 /join #csc

3. Please set your nickname to your Quest ID so we know who you are.


You can register your nickname on the freenode network by messaging NickServ.

 /msg NickServ REGISTER password email 

4. Close your screen session, which you can return to later.


5. Return to your screen session. You will have remained connected to the channel.

 $ ssh -t "screen -Urd"