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5.2 Sample Configuration

Here is an example of configuration settings for ERC. This can go into your Emacs configuration file. Everything after the (require 'erc) command can optionally go into ~/.emacs.d/.ercrc.el.

     ;;; Sample ERC configuration
     ;; Load authentication info from an external source.  Put sensitive
     ;; passwords and the like in here.
     (load "~/.emacs.d/.erc-auth")
     ;; This is an example of how to make a new command.  Type "/uptime" to
     ;; use it.
     (defun erc-cmd-UPTIME (&rest ignore)
       "Display the uptime of the system, as well as some load-related
     stuff, to the current ERC buffer."
       (let ((uname-output
               ", load average: " "] {Load average} ["
               ;; Collapse spaces, remove
                " +" " "
                ;; Remove beginning and trailing whitespace
                 "^ +\\|[ \n]+$" ""
                 (shell-command-to-string "uptime"))))))
          (concat "{Uptime} [" uname-output "]"))))
     ;; This causes ERC to connect to the Freenode network upon hitting
     ;; C-c e f.  Replace MYNICK with your IRC nick.
     (global-set-key "\C-cef" (lambda () (interactive)
                                (erc :server "" :port "6667"
                                     :nick "MYNICK")))
     ;; This causes ERC to connect to the IRC server on your own machine (if
     ;; you have one) upon hitting C-c e b.  Replace MYNICK with your IRC
     ;; nick.  Often, people like to run bitlbee ( as an
     ;; AIM/Jabber/MSN to IRC gateway, so that they can use ERC to chat with
     ;; people on those networks.
     (global-set-key "\C-ceb" (lambda () (interactive)
                                (erc :server "localhost" :port "6667"
                                     :nick "MYNICK")))
     ;; Make C-c RET (or C-c C-RET) send messages instead of RET.  This has
     ;; been commented out to avoid confusing new users.
     ;; (define-key erc-mode-map (kbd "RET") nil)
     ;; (define-key erc-mode-map (kbd "C-c RET") 'erc-send-current-line)
     ;; (define-key erc-mode-map (kbd "C-c C-RET") 'erc-send-current-line)
     ;;; Options
     ;; Join the #emacs and #erc channels whenever connecting to Freenode.
     (setq erc-autojoin-channels-alist '(("" "#emacs" "#erc")))
     ;; Rename server buffers to reflect the current network name instead
     ;; of SERVER:PORT (e.g., "freenode" instead of "").
     ;; This is useful when using a bouncer like ZNC where you have multiple
     ;; connections to the same server.
     (setq erc-rename-buffers t)
     ;; Interpret mIRC-style color commands in IRC chats
     (setq erc-interpret-mirc-color t)
     ;; The following are commented out by default, but users of other
     ;; non-Emacs IRC clients might find them useful.
     ;; Kill buffers for channels after /part
     ;; (setq erc-kill-buffer-on-part t)
     ;; Kill buffers for private queries after quitting the server
     ;; (setq erc-kill-queries-on-quit t)
     ;; Kill buffers for server messages after quitting the server
     ;; (setq erc-kill-server-buffer-on-quit t)