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In addition, projects and committees may have their own IRC channels - check individual wiki spaces. 


IRC nickname creation

IRC Basics - includes basic IRC commands as well as how to create/register a channel 


Basic Commands


Type /join #channelname -- to join a channel of your choice


 /join #acumos


The /me is an action message. Type /me 'does anything'

Example: /me waves hello

Here's how that's displayed:

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Type /msg nickname (message) to start a private chat.

Example: /msg puddytat Hey tat, how are you?


/nick changes your nickname

Example: type /nick newnickname (limit 9 characters)

/noticeA notice is used to send a short message to another person without opening up a private window.Type /notice nickname (message)Example: /notice badnick Please change your nickname for this family channel.What it looks like:-> -badnick- Please change your nickname for this family channel.

Type /part -- to leave one channel

Type /partall -- to leave all the channels you are in


Type /ping nickname.

What this command does is give you the ping time, or lag time, between you and the person you pinged. Lag can be explained as the amount of time it takes for you to type your message and for others to read your messages. Unfortunately, lag is always a part of IRC, although most times it's not a problem, just a nuisance.

Example: /ping luv2quilt


Similar to the /msg, except it forces a window to pop open.

Type /query nickname (message)


Type /quit to leave IRC altogether.

This disconnects you from the server.

Example: /quit Going out for dinner...nite all


Unfortunately, there will be times when you don't want to talk to someone, or else someone may be harassing you. By typing /ignore nickname 3, you will not receive anymore messages from that person.

Example: /ignore luv2quilt 3

To Unignore them, type /ignore -r luv2quilt 3


Type /whois nickname to see a bit more information about another user. You'll see what server another person is using, or what their ISP is. Pretty helpful when you don't recognize a nickname that wants to chat. You may recognize the IP (Internet Protocol) and then feel more comfortable carrying on a conversation. You'll also be able to see what other channels a person is in, which might be a good indicator if you really want to talk with them or not.

Example: /whois bossmom


This opens up a DCC/CHAT window to another user. What's nice about these is that you can continue to chat even if you get disconnected from your server.

Word of Caution: Do NOT accept dcc/chats nor dcc/gets from anyone that you don't know.

Type /chat nickname.

Example: /chat oddjob


Type /help, you'll see the the Help Menu open up. You can do a search from there, or you can type /help topic. Either way, a TON of information at your fingertips.

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To see the help for an individual topic, type: /help <topic>


Code Block
/help WHOIS
WHOIS [remoteserver|nick] nick
11:14 WHOIS will display detailed user information for
11:14 the specified nick. If the first parameter is
11:14 specified, WHOIS will display information from
11:14 the specified server, or the server that the
11:14 user is on. This is how to remotely see
11:14 idle time and away status.
11:14 End of /HELP.

Create and Register an IRC Channel on Freenode

  1. Make sure you have created and registered your nickname; you can't register a channel if you're not identified to NickServ as a registered nick
  2. Pick a channel name;  all acumos channels should begin with "acumos-" and please make sure your channel name reflects its purpose
  3. Check that your channel is available to register
    1. /msg ChanServ info #acumos-<your channel name>
    2. if the channel is not registered, you'll get a message similar to -ChanServ- The channel [##channelname] is not registered
  4. Create your channel
    1. /join #acumos-<your channel name>
  5. Register your channel
    1. /msg ChanServ register #acumos-<your channel name>
    2. If successful, you'll get a message similar to <ChanServ> Channel Services #acumos-<your channel name> is now registered to <your nickname>
  6. Read the ChanServ help pages to learn how to set the TOPIC for your channel
    1. /msg ChanServ help

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Add "gerrit-bot" and "meetbot" to Your Channel

If your channel is related to a project and you'd like to see gerrit activity for your project posted to your channel, create a ticket and ask that the "gerrit-bot" for the desired repositories be added to your channel. Note: As of May 2018, the LF is unable to add gerritbot for Acumos repos.

Similarly, if you plan to take host official meetings and take minutes on your channel, ask that the "meetbot" be added to your channel.


IRC nickname creation

IRC Glossary

Common Abbreviations  plus whatever is common in the greater world of text-based communication

Source material:

Meetbot Tips - how to take meeting notes on IRC

Project Meetings

See the Meetings space