The Book of IRC: The Ultimate Guide to Internet Relay Chat


Addicted to IRC? Just getting started? This book is the ultimate guide to chatting over the Internet using Internet Relay Chat. It gives you everything you need to know about IRC—from the basics to the most cutting-edge commands.

Whether you're a new user or an IRC junkie, The Book of IRC will teach you ...

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Addicted to IRC? Just getting started? This book is the ultimate guide to chatting over the Internet using Internet Relay Chat. It gives you everything you need to know about IRC—from the basics to the most cutting-edge commands.

Whether you're a new user or an IRC junkie, The Book of IRC will teach you tricks and techniques that will help you use IRC more effectively.

You'll learn:

  • Choose an IRC client and find the right servers and channels
  • Follow IRC etiquette, send public and private messages, and interpret notices from users and servers
  • Find people on IRC and hide from others
  • Use commands for all levels of expertise
  • Create and manage an IRC channel, keep unwanted users out, and secure your channel against interlopers
  • Install, run, and operate an IRC server
  • Use bots and scripts to customize clients like mIRC and ircII
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In existence since 1988, Internet relay chat (IRC) is the wild west of Internet communications because it allows anyone, from anywhere, to talk about anything. While widely used, it is also very user-unfriendly so Charalabidis's guide is almost indispensable. He presents all the basics: clients, servers, channels, finding people and information, setting up servers, managing security, and dealing with bots. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886411296
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

0 About
1.1 Origin and history
1.2 Technical concept
1.3 What IRC has to offer
2 Setting up for IRC
2.1 Requirements
2.2 Computing and the internet for beginners
2.3 Selecting an ISP
2.4 Starting out on the internet and using basic services
2.5 IRC clients and servers
2.6 Clients for unusual platforms
3 MS-Windows clients
3.1 Getting a client
3.2 Installing the client
3.3 Basic setup hints mIRC
3.4 " pirch
3.5 " xircon
3.6 " virc
4 UNIX clients
4.1 Getting a client
4.2 Compiling and configuring ircII
4.3 " sirc
4.4 " BitchX
5 Macintosh clients
5.1 ircle
5.2 Homer
5.3 Macirc
5.4 ChatNet
6 Connecting to a server
6.1 Selecting a network and server
6.2 Error messages
6.3 Welcome to the Internet Relay...
6.4 User modes
6.5 Changing servers
6.6 Disconnecting from a server
6.7 Multiple server connections
7 Channels
7.1 Obtaining a channel list and possible problems
7.2 Selecting a channel from the list
7.3 Joining a channel and problems joining
7.4 Who is in the channel
7.5 Channel operators
7.6 Moderated channels and +voice
7.7 Channel events
7.8 Leaving a channel
7.9 Joining multiple channels
7.10 Channel 0
7.11 Netsplits and lag
8 Communication
8.1 Types of messages you may receive
8.2 Etiquette
8.3 Ignoring messages
8.4 Sending to a channel
8.5 Sending private messages
8.6 Strange characters in messages
8.7 Coloured text and highlights
8.8 Smilies or emoticons
8.9 Actions
8.10 Common abbreviations
8.11 Auto-greets
8.12 Keeping track of events by logging
8.13 Common communication problems
8.14 Contacting people off-line. Memo services.
9 Finding people on IRC
9.2 WHO
9.5 Finding the operators of a channel
9.6 Finding IRC operators
9.7 Using Services
9.8 Finger
9.9 Finding someone's location
9.10 Maintaining notify lists
10 Creating and managing a channel
10.1 Creating a new channel
10.2 Channel operator status
10.3 Channel modes
10.4 Creating a private channel
10.5 Kicks and bans
10.6 Server-generated mode changes
10.7 Channel security
10.8 Channels with no operators
10.9 Desync
10.10 Using channel services
11 Enhancing a client with scripts
11.1 What scripts are
11.2 Why use a script?
11.3 Selecting a script
11.4 Obtaining a script
11.5 Write your own!
11.6 ircII scripts
11.7 mIRC scripts
11.8 Scripting for ircII
11.9 Scripting for mIRC
12 IRC operators
12.1 What they do
12.2 Who they are
12.3 How to become an IRC operator
12.4 IRC operator commands
13.1 CTCP commands
13.2 Sending CTCP requests
13.3 Replying to CTCP requests
13.5 Customizing CTCP replies
13.6 CTCP floods
13.7 Miscellaneous CTCP
14 DCC
14.1 DCC Chat
14.2 File tranfers via DCC
14.3 DCC Talk
14.4 Multiple DCC connections
14.5 DCC from behind firewalls
15 Server/network commands
15.2 LINKS
15.3 ADMIN
15.4 STATS
15.5 INFO
15.7 TRACE
15.9 ISON
15.10 Other server commands
16 Odd IRC stuff
16.1 File servers and XDCC
16.2 Writing a client
16.3 IRC via telnet
16.4 IRC for the sight-impaired
16.5 Jupes
16.6 On-line help services
16.7 The IRC Protocol
17 IRC abuse and security issues
17.1 Flooding
17.2 Hacking
17.3 Channel takeovers
17.4 Harassment
17.5 Spoofing
17.6 Password stealers
17.7 Denial of Service attacks
17.8 Spam and mass-messaging
17.9 Account security
18 Installing and running an IRC server
18.1 System requirements
18.2 IRC server software
18.3 Unix/Linux ircd
18.4 Windows ircd
18.5 Other platforms
18.6 Installing
18.7 The ircd.conf
18.8 Networking
19 IRC robots
19.1 Description of a bot
19.2 Uses of bots
19.3 Types of bots
19.4 UNIX bots
19.5 MS-Windows bots
19.6 Macintosh bots
20 Legal and ethical aspects of IRC
20.1 IRC on the Internet
20.2 Sociology of the Relay
20.3 Privacy and anonymity
20.4 Censorship
20.5 IRC addiction
20.6 Pornography on IRC
20.7 IRC and software piracy
20.8 Kids on IRC
20.9 The future of IRC
Appendix A - Network and server lists
Appendix B - Quick reference jargonbuster
Appendix C - Countries seen on IRC
Appendix D - Useful addresses
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2000

    Who..who wrote the book of..IRC?

    None other than Alex Charalabis, an experienced IRC user and operator who with this book has put together a highly informative and comprehensive look at one of the most popular online chat systems, namely Internet Relay Chat. His at times humorous look at IRC and what makes it work makes this book enjoyable and an easy read. The first couple of chapters are more for 'newbies' but are still a good review of basic Internet features and Chapter 3's 'IRC Survival Kit' details what to look and also to watch out for while on IRC. Further chapters describe various IRC programs, channels (and how to create and run one), scripting, server commands, security issues, among other topics. The appendices at the back of the book contains lists of servers (which given the fast pace IRC changes may already be partially out of date!), a glossary, web sites with more information, along with other important reference information. My only regret about this book is that it wasn't written several years ago when I first ventured onto IRC.

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