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urk is an IRC client written purely in python for linux/gnome. It has a powerful
built-in scripting system (also python), which is used to implement much of the

Requirements/User installation:

urk requires the following packages (and should run on any os that can provide 
-python version 2.5 or greater (
-pygtk 2.6 or greater (

Most Linux (or at least GNOME) users should have these things already or be able
to easily install them.

Because urk is pure python, no compilation of urk is required. Just extract the 
source to somewhere and run 'python'.

Optional requirements:

urk can also make use of these packages if you have them:
-pygtksourceview, part of gnome-python-extras <=2.12 and gnome-python-desktop 
 >=2.14, for source highlighting and undo in the internal script editor
-python-dbus, for, well, not much (if dbus is available, urk only makes a single
 instance per session, and commands can be executed remotely by calling

Getting started:

Make sure you have all the requirements, go to the directory where you have
extracted the source, and type 'python'.

We don't have any preferences windows yet. You can change your nickname by
typing '/nick nickname' (replacing nickname with the nick you want to use)
or typing a new nick in the nick field on the lower right corner and pressing 

To connect, type '/server' (replacing with 
the server you want to connect to).

If you want to connect to another server (without disconnecting the current
one), use the -m switch as in '/server -m'.

To join a channel when you're connected to a server, type '/join #channelname',
replacing #channelname with the channel you want to join.

To automatically join a channel at startup, right click on its tab and check
"Autojoin". You can also edit the autojoin networks and channels by selecting
"urk>>Networks" from the menu.


Most configuration has to be done manually. If urk is running, you can configure
it using commands. The settings are stored in urk.conf on your profile
directory, which you can locate by typing '/pyeval urk.userpath' in urk.

To set a value in urk, type

/pyexec conf.conf['setting'] = value

To see the current value, type

/pyeval conf.conf['setting']

To unset a value (meaning urk will use the default), type

/pyexec del conf.conf['setting']

Settings changes made manually in this way will be saved on exit. To save them
immediately, type


Setting:            Description:

'nick'                 The nickname urk should use. The default is to try to get
    it from the os. Changing your nickname using the gui or /nick without the -t
    switch will set this.
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['nick'] = "fred"

'altnicks'             A list of alternative nicknames to use if the default is
    not available when connecting.
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['altnicks'] = ["nick2", "nick3"]

'quitmsg'              The message people see when you quit. The default is to
    advertise urk with your current version; we have to promote it somehow.
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['quitmsg'] = "Bye bye"

'autoreconnect'        If True, urk will try to reconnect when you're
    disconnected from a network. Defaults to True.
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['autoreconnect'] = False

'highlight_words'      A list of words, in addition to your nick, that cause a
    highlight event (normally the tab label turns blue and, if it's available,
    the tray icon shows up).
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['highlight_words'] = ['python', 'whale', 'peanut butter']

'log_dir'              The place where logs are written. The default is a
    directory called "logs" on your profile directory.
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['log_dir'] = "/home/user/logs/urk"

'ui-gtk/tab-pos'       The side of the window where the tabs will reside
    2 for top
    0 for left
    1 for right
    3 for bottom (default)
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['ui-gtk/tab-pos'] = 0

'ui-gtk/show-menubar'  If True, the menubar is shown. The default is True.
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['ui-gtk/show-menubar'] = False

'command_prefix'       The prefix used to signal a command. Defaults to '/'
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['command_prefix'] = ":"

'font'                 The font used for output.
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['font'] = "Sans 8"

'bg_color'             The background color.
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['bg_color'] = "#000000"

'fg_color'             The foreground color.
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['fg_color'] = "white"

'timestamp'            A timestamp that will show up before messages. The
    default is no timestamp. See the "time.strftime" section of for a key to format this string.
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['timestamp'] = "[%H:%M:%S] "

'start-console'        If True, urk will start up with a special console window
    that shows debugging output (normally sent to a terminal) and accepts
    python expressions.
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['start-console'] = True

'status'               If True, urk will be in status window mode. Each network
    will ALWAYS have a status window. When not in status window mode, networks 
    only have a status window when there are no channel windows. Defaults to 
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['status'] = True

'open-file-command'    The command used to open files and url's with your 
    preferred application. This is ignored on Windows, and you shouldn't
    normally need to change it.
    Example: /pyexec conf.conf['open-file-command'] = "gnome-open"

System-wide installation:

Not yet implemented.

About scripting:

urk scripts are python source files that contain definitions of functions with 
certain "magic" names, like onText (for when someone sends a channel or private 
message). See for help on writing python code. The format for 
onText is:

def onText(e):

e is an object used to pass on the various information relating to the event
that triggered the function. The name is a convention we use, much like self.

e.source is the nickname of the person who sent the message. is the nickname or channel that received the message.

e.text is the text of the message. is an object representing the network where the message was sent.

e.window is a window that seems to be related to the event for some unspecified
reason. It could be the status window, a channel window, a query, anything.

See the project wiki for more detailed information.