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FAQ: CFS IRC Internet Relay Chat

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                   Basics for CFS IRC

This information is drawn from the #CFS channel web page at .

IRC is a live chat network.  It allows people all over the Internet 
to type to one another in real-time!  The CFS IRC channel is getting 
quite active.  Recently it seems that people are available on channel 
#CFS at almost any time.  We exchange some good information -- but 
it's also just a lot of fun!

There are several different IRC networks.  Our #CFS channel has been
established on the Undernet IRC network.

Try following the instructions below.  If you run into problems,
ask for help from one of our volunteers:

   For PCs, contact Linda Stolz <>

   For Macs, contact Jane Sabel <>



* For PCs (IBM-compatibles):

Most people use mIRC software.  Get it at .
Some people like Pirch: .

* For Macintosh:

Most people use Ircle.  Get it at .
Another software is ShadowIRC.  See .

* For UNIX:

If you're on a shell account where Unix is used, your ISP should have 
the software already installed on their end.  In most cases, simply 
enter "irc" (without the quotes) and the program will execute.  If 
not, ask your tech support office about it.

* For AOL:

If you're on America Online, get advice by looking at .



When you've got the software up and running, you then need to
connect to a server.  But first, you'll need to pick a nickname,
a short name that everyone will see you as on IRC.  Nicknames
can be no longer than 9 characters.

To set a nickname, use the /NICK command.  For example, on the
command line enter

   /nick Sally

The next step is to actually connect to a server.  If the nick you 
have  chosen is already being used by someone else at that time, the 
system will tell you and you'll have to pick another nickname.

The #CFS channel is on the Undernet network, so you'll need to 
connect to an Undernet server.  Each kind of software has its own way 
of connecting, but all software will allow you to type in and enter 
standard IRC commands from the command line.  In this case, you'd 
want to use the /SERVER command followed by the address of an 
Undernet server, and possibly followed by a port number (this is 

There are many Undernet server addresses.  You can find a complete 
list of them at .  Or you can 
use one of the generic server addresses:

   New Zealand:

So for example, you can connect to the USA generic server by entering
the following on the command line:


Sometimes it may be difficult to connect to a server.  In that case,
you may want to add a port number after the server address, or use a
specific server that you have to be recently reliable
(again, see the full list of servers addresses at  For further advice about 
servers and other technical aspects of IRC, see the FAQs whose links 
can be found on the IRC Info page at .



Once you are connected, joining the #CFS channel is simple. You just 

   /join #CFS

and you're on!

People may be on the channel at any time, but they are not always 
there.  See the latest schedule at .  The #CFS channel is most 
often used in the evening hours (North American time).


Again, for further advice about technical aspects of IRC, see the 
FAQs whose links can be found on the IRC Info page at .

And if you need personal assistance, ask for help from one of our
volunteers: for PCs contact Linda Stolz <> ;
for Macs contact Jane Sabel <> .

See you on the channel!

================= From: CFS-L@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU ================

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