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How do I set up an IRC client ?

   Here is a list of FTP sites from which you can download a client for your specific Operating System.

 
Table: FTP sites with IRC clients     

For Unix machines, you either compile    the source yourself, or have someone else on your machine compile the source for you. The current ``official'' ircII release is version 2.2.1. This means that this is said to be quite bugfree. (Hehe, you never know...) In addition to this ``official'' distribution, you may find preversions of clients floating around, for people who like to track down bugs and taste things to come. However, you should be aware that those clients are currently been worked on, and may not have full features working properly. Pick your choice !

Here are the commands to type to setup an ircII client:

~ > ftp
ftp> verbose off
Verbose mode off.
ftp> open cs.bu.edu
Name (cs.bu.edu:yourname): ftp
Password:yourname@yourhost
ftp> cd irc/clients
ftp> bin
ftp> get ircII2.2.1.2.tar.Z "|zcat|tar xf -"
ftp> get ircII2.2.1help.tar.Z "|zcat|tar xf -"
ftp> quit
~ >

Now you have to go into ircII2.2c and read the files explaining how to achieve a successful installation. Have a look at README and INSTALL, edit config.h to define DEFAULT_SERVER, edit Makefile to define INSTALL_EXECUTABLE, IRCII_LIBRARY and the C compiler you will be using, then type `` make install'' and wait...

If you can't set up a client on any local machine, you can still use any telnet client:

 
Table: Open telnet IRC clients   

Please only use telnet when you have no other way of reaching IRC , as this resource is quite limited.



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Nikos Drakos
Thu Jan 12 11:58:54 GMT 1995