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An IRC client library for Erlang

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                   Eirc - An IRC client library for Erlang
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Eirc is an IRC client library which is useful if an Erlang application need to
connect to an IRC server e.g. for a kind of notification system or similar. It
aims to implement the full protocol specified in RFC2812 and all relevant parts
in RFC1459.

== Contact ==
For feedback, comments and/or suggestions

Project: http://www.github.com/mazenharake/eirc
Blog: http://mazenharake.wordpress.com
IRC: #erlang @ freenode
MailingList: http://www.erlang.org/faq.html

== License ==
Copyright (c) 2010, Mazen Harake
All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

    * Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice,
      this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
    * Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
      notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the
      documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS"
AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE
ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE
LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF
SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS
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CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE)
ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

== Compiling ==
Just run make.

== Example ==
To run a client with a bot attached do the following:

1) Compile
    $ make

2) Open a shell E.g. (from the eirc root dir).
    $ erl -pa ../eirc/ebin

3a) In the Erlang shell type (formatting for clarity):
    > application:start(eirc).
    ok

    > {ok, Client} = eirc:start_client(mybot, [{bots, [{example_bot, eirc_example_bot, []}]}]).
    Initiating bot...
    {ok,<0.39.0>}

3b) Another way of using using a bot is to install it
    > {ok, Client} = eirc:start_client(mybot, []).
    {ok,<0.39.0>}

    > eirc:install_bot(mybot, example_bot, eirc_example_bot, []).
    Initiating bot...
    ok

4) Connect the client and interact and what not   
    > eirc:connect_and_logon(Client, "irc.freenode.net", 6667, "mazenharake").
    Connected to "irc.freenode.net":6667
    Logging in as "mazenharake"
    ok
    NOTICE ("zelazny.freenode.net"): ["*** Looking up your hostname..."]
    NOTICE ("zelazny.freenode.net"): ["*** Checking Ident"]
    NOTICE ("zelazny.freenode.net"): ["*** Found your hostname"]
    NOTICE ("zelazny.freenode.net"): ["*** No Ident response"]
    Login successful
    RAW: "001"; ["eircbot","Welcome to the freenode Internet Relay Chat Network eircbot"]
    ...
    MODE: "eircbot" sets "+i" on "eircbot" (parameters: [])

    > eirc:join(Client, "#asecretchannel").
    ok
    JOIN: "eircbot" joined "#asecretchannel"
    MODE: undefined sets "+ns" on "#asecretchannel" (parameters: [[]])
    RAW: "353"; ["eircbot","@","#asecretchannel","@eircbot"]
    RAW: "366"; ["eircbot","#asecretchannel","End of /NAMES list."]

    JOIN: "mazenharake" joined "#asecretchannel"

    TEXT: From ("mazenharake") To ("#asecretchannel") - "Hello Bot!"

5) Disconnect
    > eirc:quit(Client, "The end of the road...").
    ok
    QUIT: "mazenharake" quit ("Client Quit")
    RAW: "ERROR"; ["Closing Link: c-0af670d5.012-10-67626721.cust.bredbandsbolaget.se (Client Quit)"]
    Connection closed!

6) Reconnect or... shutdown the client
   > eirc:stop_client(mybot).
   Bot terminating shutdown...
   ok
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