Using irc.libera on WeeChat2021-09-16 | aprates.dev
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Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a text-based chat system. It enables discussions among any number of participants in so-called conversation channels, as well as discussions between only two partners. ― Wikipedia
┏┳┓╻┏━┓┏━╸ ╻┏━╸┏━┓ ┏┳┓┏━┓┏┓╻ ┃┃┃┃┣┳┛┃ ┃┃ ┃┓┃ ┃┃┃┗━┓┃┗┫ ╹ ╹╹╹┗╸┗━╸ ╹┗━╸┗┻┛ ╹ ╹┗━┛╹ ╹I remember using IRC in my teenage years… Mixed memories of mirc, icq, msn and long lasting chats, while writing some html on win95 using ms notepad :P
Fast-forward to 2021As fresh services like
libera stepped in, and new channels about 'libre' open-source projects started blooming here and there, I felt like getting around and joining the new wave. Fear of missing out? Nah, more like developer tribe thing. I decided to do that while also trying to live a bit more on the command line…
…but not so fast!Opting for terminal based
WeeChat as IRC client, I found out it needs quite some arcane configuration steps, which after a few back and forth, and some mistakes, I decided to
rm -r ~/.config/weechatand start over. While doing it carefully for the second time. I've took note of the right steps this time and wrote them in this tutorial, hoping that it might be useful to someone (even if it's the future me when I forget how to do it again).
So, How To Do It?For Linux
WeeChatshould be available via your favorite package manager on pretty much all main distros. For macOS you can install it via
Homebrew and… Windows? Maybe over
WSL- not sure, haven't tried.
Warning, geeks joke:As a lazy Manjaro Linux user I installed
WeeChatvia Pamac GUI… Err, sorry about that. Maybe next time I will do it "By The Way", and use
pacman -Son the command line, but won't lie, wasn't this time. Can't say "Arch By The Way" and not think about The Mandalorian saying "That Is The Way" haha! Sorry, again. xD
Step-By-Step SetupDo this in the order, as I describe, that is the trick: the right order.
- First of all, from the command line, start the app:
liberaserver (with SSL):
/server add libera irc.libera.chat/6697 -ssl
- Set your username (better before you connect):
/set irc.server.libera.nicks <username> /set irc.server.libera.username <username>
Note:the nick is not necessarily same as username, and you could have many nicks. For simplification, I suggest to use just one nick, and make it equal to your username. This will make your life easier. I won't dive into explaining about multiple nicks, there are plenty of explanations elsewhere, and in my humble opinion, this is mostly a source of confusion to this process, regarding registering your user.
- Connect and enable auto-connect:
/connect libera /set irc.server.libera.autoconnect on
- Register your nick with
libera (skip if you have already registered):
/msg NickServ REGISTER <password> <email>For the password, enter a new password for your user. Then you will get an e-mail with a command you need to enter to confirm your registration. It will look like this:
/msg NickServ VERIFY REGISTER <username> <token>
- Finally, configure SASL (same password you used on registration):
/set irc.server.libera.sasl_mechanism PLAIN /set irc.server.libera.sasl_username <username> /set irc.server.libera.sasl_password <password>
- Ensure all your configs are saved with:
Usage TipsIf it's the case you haven't used IRC before, or like me, forgot most of it. Don't feel lost, here goes a quick recap…
- Join a channel:
- Send a private message to someone (only you both will see this message):
/msg user message
- Start a private chat with someone (like a separate channel):
/query user message
- Start a private chat with two or more users (use comas, but no spaces):
/query user1,user2,user3 message
- Ask a users if they want to join you on a channel:
/invite user #channel
- Close a thread:
- Scroll the chats with your mouse wheel:
/set weechat.look.mouse on
- Auto-join your favorite channels when
/set irc.server.libera.autojoin "#channel1,#channel2"
- Filter IRC join/quit messages (unless you find them useful):
/set irc.look.smart_filter on /filter add irc_smart * irc_smart_filter *That's it, a bit of a faff, but at last, all set!
Now you can enjoy chatting directly from a terminal :D
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