WeeChat

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Summary help replacing me
WeeChat is a highly extendable and feature rich IRC Client currently under heavy development.
Alternative Clients
Irssi
XChat

Installing

Template:Package Official is available in the [extra] repo. Install by running:

# pacman -S weechat

There is also Template:Package AUR in the AUR, install with your favorite AUR Helper or makepkg.


Running WeeChat

WeeChat is going to have multiple interfaces at some point, run weechat-[interface] to start WeeChat.

As WeeChat currently only has a Ncurses interface the command to start WeeChat is:

# weechat-curses

Connecting to a server

You can connect to a IRC server by using /connect.

/connect chat.freenode.net

Or if there is already a Server setup you can use:

/connect freenode

Creating a Server profile

If you plan on connecting to a server more than once it may be beneficial to create a Server.

/server add example irc.example.net/6667

Would create the server example which would connect to irc.example.net on port 6667

See the WeeChat documentation and /help server for more information.

Configuring SSL

Many IRC servers, including freenode where #archlinux is, support SSL.

If you're making a server with /server add -ssl to the end of the line, for example:

/server add FreenodeSSL chat.freenode.net/7000 -ssl
Warning: Some servers need the ssl_dhkey_size value changed to something lower. For example, if you're using freenode you'll need to set /set irc.server.FreenodeSSL.ssl_dhkey_size 1024
Note: Different servers may, and probably will have a different port than 7000 - this is server specific.

You can do the same thing if using /connect.

/connect chat.freenode.net/7000 -ssl

Tips and Tricks

Upgrading

WeeChat can be upgraded without disconnecting from the IRC servers (non-SSL connections only):

/upgrade

This will load the new WeeChat binary and reload the current configuration.

Aliases

Aliases can be created to simplify commonly executed commands. A nice example is Wraithan's smart filter alias:

Smart Filter
First, we need to enable smart filters:

/set irc.look.smart_filter "on"

Next, we will create the sfilter alias:

/alias sfilter filter add irc_smart_$server_$channel irc.$server.$channel irc_smart_filter *

We can now type

/sfilter

in any buffer, and the smart filter will only be enabled for that buffer.

The following alias will remove a previously enabled smart filter in the current buffer:
Add the alias:

/alias rmsfilter filter del irc_smart_$server_$channel

and execute it by

/rmsfilter


Getting Help

To access WeeChat's built-in help, simply type

/help

and the help will be displayed in the main buffer (usually buffer 1).


External Links

WeeChat Home Page
WeeChat Documentation
WeeChat Scripts
WeeChat Development Blog