IRSSI – Terminal IRC client

Short guide about you can set up a terminal IRC client.

irssi

Use apptitude to install the irssi and screen

You can download themes for irssi here: http://irssi.org/themes, or follow this example with the fear2 theme below.

Setting up server and channel autoconnect settings:

Setting theme and chat timestamp settings:

Aliases to change the active window by typing: /1 /2 /3 and so on.

Configure statusbar.

 

Now all you need to do is start irssi thorugh screen, so you stay connected even if you close your terminal window.
screen irssi -n Nickname
or screen -r to resume a session

Usefull commands:

Other resources:
http://quadpoint.org/articles/irssi/
http://www.antonfagerberg.com/archive/my-perfect-irssi-setup/

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