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catgirl
IRC client

catgirl [-KRelqv] [-C copy] [-H hash] [-I highlight] [-N notify] [-O open] [-S bind] [-T[timestamp]] [-a plain] [-c cert] [-h host] [-i ignore] [-j join] [-k priv] [-m mode] [-n nick] [-p port] [-r real] [-s save] [-t trust] [-u user] [-w pass] [config ...]

catgirl -o [-S bind] [-h host] [-p port] [config ...]

catgirl -g cert

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The catgirl IRC client provides a curses interface for TLS-only Internet Relay Chat. The only required option is -h, the host name to connect to. See EXAMPLES for managing further configuration. Type /help in catgirl to view the list of COMMANDS and KEY BINDINGS.

Options can be loaded from files listed on the command line. Files are searched for in $XDG_CONFIG_DIRS/catgirl (usually ~/.config/catgirl) unless the path starts with ‘/’, ‘./’ or ‘../’. Files and flags listed later on the command line take precedence over those listed earlier.

Each option is placed on a line, and lines beginning with ‘#’ are ignored. The options are listed below following their corresponding flags.

util | = util
Set the utility used by /copy. Subsequent copy options append arguments to util. The URL to copy is provided to util on standard input. The default is the first available of pbcopy(1), wl-copy(1), xclip(1), xsel(1).
seed,bound | = seed,bound
Set the initial seed of the nick and channel color hash function and the maximum IRC color value produced by the function. The default is 0,75. To use only colors from the 16-color terminal set, use 0,15. To disable nick and channel colors, use 0,0.
pattern | = pattern
Add a case-insensitive message highlight pattern, which may contain ‘*’, ‘?’ and ‘[]’ wildcards as in glob(7). The format of the pattern is as follows:
nick[!user@host [command [channel [message]]]]

The commands which can be filtered are: INVITE, JOIN, NICK, NOTICE, PART, PRIVMSG, QUIT, SETNAME.

|
Disable the /copy, /debug, /exec, /join, /list, /msg, /open, /part, /query, /quote commands. Replace the username with a hash of its original value.
util | = util
Send notifications using a utility. Subsequent notify options append arguments to util. The window name and message are provided to util as two additional arguments, appropriate for notify-send(1).
util | = util
Set the utility used by /open. Subsequent open options append arguments to util. The URL to open is provided to util as an argument. The default is the first available of open(1), xdg-open(1).
|
Disable the /copy, /exec and /open commands, the -N option, and viewing this manual with /help.
host | = host
Bind to source address host when connecting to the server.
[format] | [= format]
Show timestamps by default, in the specified strftime(3) format. The default format is “%X”.
user:pass | = user:pass
Authenticate as user with pass using SASL PLAIN. Since this requires the account password in plain text, it is recommended to use CertFP instead. See Configuring CertFP.
path | = path
Load the TLS client certificate from path. The path is searched for in the same manner as configuration files. If the private key is in a separate file, it is loaded with -k. With -e, authenticate using SASL EXTERNAL. Certificates can be generated with -g.
|
Authenticate using SASL EXTERNAL, also known as CertFP. The TLS client certificate is loaded with -c. See Configuring CertFP.
path
Generate a TLS client certificate using openssl(1) and write it to path.
host | = host
Connect to host.
pattern | = pattern
Add a case-insensitive message ignore pattern, which may contain ‘*’, ‘?’ and ‘[]’ wildcards as in glob(7). The format of the pattern is as follows:
nick[!user@host [command [channel [message]]]]

The commands which can be filtered are: INVITE, JOIN, NICK, NOTICE, PART, PRIVMSG, QUIT, SETNAME.

channels [keys] | = channels [keys]
Join the comma-separated list of channels with the optional comma-separated list of channel keys.
path | = priv
Load the TLS client private key from path. The path is searched for in the same manner as configuration files.
|
Log chat events to files in paths $XDG_DATA_HOME/catgirl/log/network/channel/YYYY-MM-DD.log.
mode | = mode
Set the user mode.
nick | = nick
Set nickname to nick. The default nickname is the value of the environment variable USER.
Print the server certificate chain to standard output in PEM format and exit.
port | = port
Connect to port. The default port is 6697.
|
Raise the default message visibility threshold for new windows, hiding general events.
real | = real
Set realname to real. The default realname is the same as the nickname.
name | = name
Save and load the contents of windows from name in $XDG_DATA_DIRS/catgirl, or an absolute or relative path if name starts with ‘/’, ‘./’, or ‘../’.
path | = path
Trust the self-signed certificate loaded from path and disable server name verification. The path is searched for in the same manner as configuration files. See Connecting to Servers with Self-signed Certificates.
user | = user
Set username to user. The default username is the same as the nickname.
|
Log raw IRC messages to the <debug> window as well as standard error if it is not a terminal.
pass | = pass
Log in with the server password pass.

  1. Generate a new TLS client certificate:
    catgirl -g ~/.config/catgirl/example.pem
        
  2. Connect to the server using the certificate:
    cert = example.pem
    # or: catgirl -c example.pem
        
  3. Identify with services or use sasl-plain, then add the certificate fingerprint to your account:
    /ns CERT ADD
        
  4. Enable SASL EXTERNAL to require successful authentication when connecting (not possible on all networks):
    cert = example.pem
    sasl-external
    # or: catgirl -e -c example.pem
        

  1. Connect to the server and write its certificate to a file:
    catgirl -o -h irc.example.org > ~/.config/catgirl/example.pem
        
  2. Configure catgirl to trust the certificate:
    trust = example.pem
    # or: catgirl -t example.pem
        

Any unique prefix can be used to abbreviate a command. For example, /join can be typed /j.

[message]
Set or clear your away status.
command
Send a command to ChanServ.
nick
Invite a user to the channel.
[channel [key]]
Join the named channel, the current channel, or the channel you've been invited to.
[channel]
List channels.
[action]
Send an action message.
nick message
Send a private message.
List users in the channel.
nick
Change nicknames.
message
Send a notice.
command
Send a command to NickServ.
List channel operators.
[message]
Leave the channel.
nick
Start a private conversation.
[message]
Quit IRC.
command
Send a raw IRC command. The /debug command is likely needed for command output.
message
Send a regular message.
name
Update realname if supported by the server.
[topic]
Show or set the topic of the channel. Press Tab twice to copy the current topic.
[nick]
Query information about a user or yourself.
nick
Query past information about a user.

[name | num]
Close the named, numbered or current window.
[nick | substring]
Copy the most recent URL from nick or matching substring.
Toggle logging in the <debug> window.
command
Run command with SHELL and interpret its output as input to the current window, including as commands.
View this manual. Type q to return to catgirl.
topic
List the server help for a topic. Try /help index for a list of topics.
[pattern]
List message highlight patterns or temporarily add a pattern. To permanently add a pattern, use -I.
[pattern]
List message ignore patterns or temporarily add a pattern. To permanently add a pattern, use -i.
[name] num
Move the named or current window to number.
[count]
Open each of count most recent URLs.
nick | substring
Open the most recent URL from nick or matching substring.
pattern
Temporarily remove a message highlight pattern.
pattern
Temporarily remove a message ignore pattern.
List all windows.
name | substring
Switch to window by name or matching substring.
num | num
Switch to window by number.

[mask ...]
List or ban masks from the channel.
[nick ...]
Revoke channel operator status from users or yourself.
[nick ...]
Revoke voice from users or yourself in the channel.
[mask ...]
List or add masks to the channel ban exception list.
[mask ...]
List or add masks to the channel invite list.
nick [message]
Kick a user from the channel.
[modes] [param ...]
Show or set channel modes. In the <network> window, show or set user modes.
[nick ...]
Grant users or yourself channel operator status.
mask ...
Unban masks from the channel.
mask ...
Remove masks from the channel ban exception list.
mask ...
Remove masks from the channel invite list.
[nick ...]
Grant users or yourself voice in the channel.

The catgirl interface provides emacs(1)-like line editing as well as keys for IRC formatting. The prefixes C- and M- represent the control and meta (alt) modifiers, respectively.

Move to beginning of line.
Move left.
Delete next character.
Move to end of line.
Move right.
Delete to end of line.
Transpose characters.
Delete to beginning of line.
Delete previous word.
Expand a text macro beginning with ‘\’.
Paste previously deleted text.
Insert a newline without sending a command.
Move to previous word.
Delete next word.
Move to next word.
Collapse all whitespace.
Complete nick, channel, command or macro.

Arrow and navigation keys also work as expected.

Redraw the UI.
Switch to next window.
Switch to previous window.
Scroll to previous line matching input.
Scroll to next line matching input.
Scroll down a page.
Raise message visibility threshold, hiding ignored messages, general events, or non-highlighted messages.
Lower message visibility threshold, showing ignored messages.
Toggle mute. Muted windows do not appear in the status line unless you are mentioned.
Switch to previously selected window.
Scroll to top.
Scroll to bottom.
n
Switch to window by number 0–9.
Cycle through unread windows.
List the contents of the window without word-wrapping and with timestamps. Press Enter to return to catgirl.
Insert a blank line in the window.
Scroll to next highlight.
Scroll to previous highlight.
Toggle timestamps.
Scroll to first unread line.
Scroll up a page.

Insert the next input character literally.
Toggle bold.
Set or reset color.
Toggle italics.
Reset formatting.
Manually toggle paste mode.
Toggle reverse color.
Toggle underline.

Some color codes can be inserted with the following:

gray brown (dark red)
blue orange (dark yellow)
cyan pink (light magenta)
green red
black white
magenta yellow

To set other colors, follow C-z c by one or two digits for the foreground color, optionally followed by a comma and one or two digits for the background color. To reset color, follow C-z c by a non-digit.

The color numbers are as follows:

 0 white  8 yellow
 1 black  9 light green
 2 blue 10 cyan
 3 green 11 light cyan
 4 red 12 light blue
 5 brown (dark red) 13 pink (light magenta)
 6 magenta 14 gray
 7 orange (dark yellow) 15 light gray
99 default

The path executed by /exec with -c command. If unset, /bin/sh is used.
The default nickname.

$XDG_CONFIG_DIRS/catgirl
Configuration files are searched for first in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME, usually ~/.config, followed by the colon-separated list of paths $XDG_CONFIG_DIRS, usually /etc/xdg.
~/.config/catgirl
The most likely location of configuration files.
$XDG_DATA_DIRS/catgirl
Save files are searched for first in $XDG_DATA_HOME, usually ~/.local/share, followed by the colon-separated list of paths $XDG_DATA_DIRS, usually /usr/local/share:/usr/share.
~/.local/share/catgirl
The most likely location of save files.

The catgirl client exits 0 if requested by the user, EX_UNAVAILABLE (69) if the connection is lost, and >0 if any other error occurs.

Join #ascii.town from the command line:
catgirl -h irc.tilde.chat -j '#ascii.town'

Create a configuration file in ~/.config/catgirl/tilde:

host = irc.tilde.chat
join = #ascii.town

Load the configuration file:

catgirl tilde

The catgirl client implements the causal.agency/consumer vendor-specific IRCv3 capability offered by pounce(1). The consumer position is stored in the save file.

June Bug <june@causal.agency>

Send mail to <list+catgirl@causal.agency> or join #ascii.town on irc.tilde.chat.
July 20, 2021 FreeBSD 12.2-RELEASE-p7