This is a list of commands that you may use in
rcirc. It is not
complete. For a complete listing, press C-h m in an
In addition to using regular Emacs key bindings, you can call them by
typing them into an
For instance, instead of using the command C-c C-j to join a new
channel, you may type this in an
rcirc buffer, and press RET:
This is why you cannot start a message with a slash. You will have to precede the command with a space, or rewrite your message in order to send it to a channel.
Many commands take parameters. IRC commands usually ignore string delimiters. Neither apostrophe nor double-quote have special meanings in IRC.
/nick "alex schroeder"
This will try to change your nick to
"alex. Usually this will
fail because the double quote character is not a valid character for
These commands are case insensitive.
If a command isn’t known by
rcirc, it will simply be sent along to the
server. There is a list of some useful commands like that in the next
This joins a channel such as
#emacs. On most
networks, anybody can create new channels. If you want to talk with
some friends, for example, all you have to do is agree on a valid
channel name and join that channel. (Also
This leaves the current channel. You can optionally provide a
different channel name and reason for parting. When you kill a
channel buffer, you automatically part the corresponding channel.
/part #emacs you are too weird!.)
This changes your nick to some other name. Your nick must be unique
across the network. Most networks don’t allow too many nick changes in
quick succession, and have restrictions on the valid characters in nick
Gives you some basic information about a nick. This often includes what
other channels people are on. (Also
Starts a one-to-one conversation with another person on the same
network. A new buffer will be created for this conversation. It works
like a channel with only two members. (Also
This sends a single message to a nick. Like with C-c C-q, a new
buffer is created, where the response from the other party will show
/msg nickserv identify secret.)
This disconnects from the server and parts all channels. You can
optionally provide a reason for quitting. When you kill the server
buffer, you automatically quit the server and part all channels. (Also
This reconnects after you have lost the connection.
If you’re chatting from a laptop, then you might be familiar with this problem: When your laptop falls asleep and wakes up later, your IRC client doesn’t realize that it has been disconnected. It takes several minutes until the client decides that the connection has in fact been lost. The simple solution is to use M-x rcirc. The problem is that this opens an additional connection, so you’ll have two copies of every channel buffer, one dead and one live.
The real answer, therefore, is the