Monday, September 05, 2005

Tracking too many irc channels

As part of my job I have to track a lot of irc channels. Throw on top of the ones that I'm personally interested in, I have to watch a lot of stuff. Theres far too many channels to constantly switch from window to window; one would literally wear out the /win keys on the keyboard. So how does one monitor multiple channels at once?

Simple, really:

  • Turn on logging in irc (I believe that's /log *)
  • Setup a tall console with the smallest font that you can easily read
  • Tail -f /var/log/freenode/*
And thats all there is to it. Now you can easily keep an eye on dozens of conversations at the same time. :)

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