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catgirl — IRC
catgirl(1) is a terminal IRC client.
Screenshot: imagine, if you will, text on a screen, next to names in a selection of colours.
- Tab complete: most recently seen or mentioned nicks are completed first. Commas are inserted between multiple nicks.
- Prompt: the prompt clearly shows whether input will be interpreted as a command or sent as a message.
- Split scroll: keeps the latest messages in view while scrolling.
- URL detection: recent URLs from a particular user or matching a substring can be opened or copied.
- Nick coloring: color generation based on usernames remains stable across nick changes. Mentions of users in messages are colored.
- Topic diffing: the modified portion of a channel topic change is highlighted.
- Ignore: visibility of filtered messages can be toggled.
- Security: on FreeBSD and
restrictoption enables tight sandboxing. Sandboxing is always used on OpenBSD.
- Dynamic configuration: all configuration happens in a simple text file or on the command line.
- Multi-network: a terminal multiplexer such as
tmux(1) (or just your regular terminal
emulator tabs) can be used to connect
catgirlto multiple networks.
- Reconnection: when the connection to the server is lost,
catgirlexits. It can be run in a loop or connected to a bouncer, such as pounce.
- CTCP: apart from ACTION, this protocol is useless at best and enables abuse at worst.
- Protocol coverage: IRCv3 extensions are implemented only where they contribute to the intended user experience.
- Cleartext IRC: TLS is now ubiquitous and certificates are easy to obtain.
catgirl requires ncurses and
libtls, provided by either
(for OpenSSL) or by LibreSSL. It targets FreeBSD,
OpenBSD, macOS and Linux.
catgirl and libtls may be packaged
for your system. Check the Repology pages for
$ ./configure $ make all # make install
Packagers are encouraged to patch in their own text macros in input.c.
If installing libtls manually to
/usr/local, for example, make sure
/usr/local/lib appears in
/etc/ld.so.conf.d/* and be sure to run
ldconfig(8) once the library is
./configure to find it.
$ PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig ./configure
sandman wrapper is provided for macOS
to stop and start
catgirl on system sleep and wake.
Install it as follows:
$ make -C scripts sandman # make -C scripts install
- global state and declarations
- startup and event loop
- IRC connection and parsing
- curses interface
- window management
- input handling
- IRC message handling
- command handling
- line wrapping
- line editing
- ordered cache
- URL detection
- message filtering
- chat logging
- configuration parsing
- XDG base directories
- example tmux(1) configuration for multiple networks and automatic reconnects
- sleep/wake wrapper for macOS
- notify-send(1) in AppleScript
- chroot builder for OpenBSD and FreeBSD
- name prompt wrapper for chroot
- man(1) implementation for chroot
- sshd(8) configuration for public chroot
The upstream URL of this project is ⟨https://git.causal.agency/catgirl⟩. Contributions in any form can be sent to <email@example.com>. For sending patches by email, see ⟨https://git-send-email.io⟩. Mailing list archives are available at ⟨https://causal.agency/list/catgirl.html⟩.
Monetary contributions can be donated via Liberapay.
IRC bouncer: pounce
June McEnroe, IRC Suite, https://text.causal.agency/010-irc-suite.txt, June 19, 2020.
|July 30, 2022||Causal Agency|