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use warnings;
use strict;
use lib qw(. ./lib);
our $VERSION = '0.543';
use File::Basename;
use Perl::Tidy;
use POE;
use Bot::Pastebot;
use Bot::Pastebot::Conf;
use Bot::Pastebot::Data;
use Bot::Pastebot::Client::Irc;
use Bot::Pastebot::Server::Http;
use Bot::Pastebot::Administrivia qw/uses_pidfile get_pid write_pidfile/;
my %conf = (
# Command line options.
my $conf_file = Bot::Pastebot::Conf->get_conf_file();
Bot::Pastebot::Conf->load($conf_file, \%conf);
if (uses_pidfile() && (my $pid = get_pid()) ) {
"pastebot seems to be running as PID $pid.\n",
"Please check if this is the case.\n",
} elsif( uses_pidfile() ) {
exit 0;
my $output = shift;
print $output "usage:\n";
print $output " $0 -f file.conf (configure and run a pastebot)\n";
print $output "\n";
print $output " You can read pastebot's documentation with the\n";
print $output " perldoc command. Run: perldoc pastebot\n";
my $output = shift;
print $output "$0 version $VERSION\n";
=head1 NAME
pastebot - the original clipboard to chat gateway
pastebot -f configfile
Pastebot is an IRC bot and a web server in one program. Users submit
short pieces of text to the web server, and the IRC bot announces them
in IRC.
A single pastebot instance can provide one or more web servers, each
accepting connections on a different virtual host and/or port.
Likewise, a single pastebot may connect to zero or more IRC networks
and announce pastes on zero or more channels on each. The pastebot
merely acts as a web service in zero-bot mode.
Nearly all of pastebot's options are set in a configuration file. The
general syntax for this file follows these rules:
Sections are defined by text that begins in the first column. Section
parameters are indented and consist of a parameter name and its value
separated by whitespace. This example defines a web_server section
named "poenet" that listens on port 8888.
name poenet
port 8888
Each section defines a component type within the pastebot. Each
section requires a unique name since there may be more than one
instance of a component. The names permit the program to reference
specific components without confusion.
Some parameters may contain multiple values, though. Each value is
defined on a separate configuration line using the same parameter
name. For example, it's useful to configure multiple IRC servers for
a bot to choose from. If one server is unavailable, it can try
another. Here's how that's done:
name efnet
server 6667
server 6667
Configuration files may contain comments, which are text after a hash
mark ("#"). Comments and blank lines are ignored.
# Configure the paste database.
expire 86400
That's all.
Pastebot configuration is broken down into three section types:
"web_server", "irc", and "pastes". They define the web server, irc
network, and paste database that the bot will use.
=head2 Optional Administrivia
These settings make it easier to administrate pastebot. Right now it
only covers a PID file, but may be expanded upon in the future. This
entire section is optional, but is global for the bot.
A sample:
name administrivia
pidfile /var/run/
=over 2
=item name
The name for this section. 'administrivia' is simple and clear, but
it's not limited to this.
=item pidfile
A path, absolute or relative, that will hold a PID for the bot. Upon
startup, this file will be read and its contents interpreted as a
PID. If this PID is running, pastebot will exit with a message
notifying the administrator of this fact. If this PID is not
running, pastebot will write its own PID to the pidfile before
=head2 Configuring a Web Server
The web_server section defines a pastebot's web server. A pastebot
may have more than one web server. Each web server is defined in a
separate web_server section, and each must have a different name.
A sample:
irc freenode_irc
name freenode_web
port 8888
static /path/to/static
template Bot::Pastebot::TextTemplate
=over 2
=item iface HOST_OR_ADDRESS
Defines the interface host or numeric address that this web server
will bind to while listening for new connections. It's common for the
interface address to be different than the one the outside world sees.
=item ifname HOST_OR_ADDRESS
Defines the web server's public address, which is displayed to users
in various messages and may be different than the internal address the
web service has bound to. Optional. If omitted, the value of "iface"
will be used instead.
=item iname BASE_URL
The "home page" for the pastebot's web server. It's advertised in
multiple places, such as the bot's WHOIS information. The BASE_URL
should agree with "ifname" and "port". Optional.
=item irc IRC_NAME
Identifies the IRC bot that will announce paste URLs. The IRC_NAME is
the name of the bot as specified by the "name" parameter of the "irc"
section. Required.
=item name NAME
Defines the web server's name. Each web server must have its own name
so they can be referenced individually. The web server's name is also
used in web page titles and IRC announcements. Required.
=item port PORT_NUMBER
This is the port the web server listens on. Required.
=item proxy ADDRESS
Optional. Used when the pastebot's web server is behind a proxy.
Identifies the proxy so it may be ignored when headers are examined.
=item static STATIC_PATH
Optional. Defines the directory that contains static files that will
be provided by the pastebot's built-in web server. Templates,
graphics, and style sheets for the various served pages go here. It
is essentially the Pastebot server's document root. Each web server
is permitted to have its own static directory.
The Pastebot comes with a set of default static files that will be
used if "static" is not specified. The files are installed in
Bot::Pastebot's architecture-dependent auto directory, which may be
found by running the following Perl command:
perl -MFile::ShareDir=dist_dir -wle 'print dist_dir("Bot-Pastebot")'
If "static" is omitted, the default files will be loaded from that
=item template CLASS
Optional. Defines the class that implements the templating for generated
pages. The class must define specific methods, see
L<Bot::Pastebot::TextTemplate> for which methods and return values are
=head2 Configuring an IRC Bot
The irc section defines a pastebot's IRC bot. A pastebot may have
zero, one, or more IRC bots. Each bot is defined in a separate irc
section, and each must have a different name. A pastebot with no IRC
bots is a web-only service.
A sample:
away saving humanity from evil paste
channel pastebot
channel perl
channel poe
channel \#\#perl
cuinfo owned and operated by rcaputo <>
cver pastebot 1.0 <>
flags +i
join_cfg_only 1
name freenode_irc
nick eatpaste
nick pastebot
quit how will you live without me?
server 6667
server 7000
uname pastebot
server_pass s3krit
use_ssl 0
nickserv_pass password
=over 2
=item away AWAY_MESSAGE
Pastebots set themselves "away" immediately when they connect to IRC.
They run unattended, so there is nobody to answer any messages. This
parameter sets the message that will be displayed to anyone examining
the bot's WHOIS information.
=item ccinfo CTCP_CLIENT_INFO
Sets the bot's CTCP CLIENTINFO response. Optional, but some networks
require that clients respond to client information requests.
=item channel CHANNEL
Required. Defines the channel or channels that the pastebot will
automatically join when it connects to this IRC network. A pastebot
may join multiple channels, each defined as a separate "channel"
entry. The channel prefix '#' may be escaped with a '\' allowing
the bot to join channels such as ##perl (\#\#perl).
=item cuinfo CTCP_USER_INFO
Sets the bot's CTCP USERINFO response. Optional, but some networks
require that clients respond to user information requests.
Sets the bot's CTCP VERSION response. Optional, but some networks
require that clients respond to version requests.
=item flags USER_FLAGS
Optional. When specified, sets the user flags that the pastebot will
set once it has connected to the IRC network. Commonly set to "+i" so
the bot will be "invisible" outside the channels it's currently on.
This helps reduce the amount of harassment the bot receives.
=item iname IRC_NAME
The pastebot's "IRC name", which is what appears in WHOIS information.
By convention, pastebots include their home page URLs here. Be sure
the URL's host and port match "ifname" and "port" in the appropriate
web_server section. Required.
=item join_cfg_only BOOLEAN
Optional. Defaults to 0 (false). Normally a pastebot will join any
channel it's invited into. When join_cfg_only is true, however, the
pastebot will only join channels that have been specified in its
configuration file.
=item localaddr ADDRESS
Optional. The localaddr specifies an ADDRESS that the bot will bind
to before making connections. This allows the bot to appear online as
coming from a particular virtual host ADDRESS, if its host machine has
more than one.
=item name NAME
Required. This is the IRC bot's internal name. To be useful, it
should match the "irc" parameter in one of the web_server sections.
=item nick NICKNAME
Required. Specifies the bot's nickname on the IRC network. A bot may
have multiple nicknames, each specified as a separate configuration
line. It will attempt to use them in order, skipping to the next in
the list as it determines each is already taken. If every nickname is
taken, it will append numeric digits to the names and try again.
The pastebot will periodically try to reclaim one of the original
nicknames in its configuration.
=item quit QUIT_MESSAGE
This sets the pastebot's quit message should it need to log off for
any reason.
=item server SERVER PORT
Sets the IRC server and port to connect to. Required. The pastebot
can connect to one of several servers, each specified on a different
"server" line. If one is unavailable, it will rotate to the next.
=item uname USER_NAME
IRC requires clients to send a short "user name" when establishing a
connection. This parameter specifies that name.
=item use_ssl BOOLEAN
Optional. Set this flag to a true value to connect over SSL.
=item server_pass PASSWORD
Optional. Some IRC servers require a private password to connect. This
parameter specifies that password.
=item nickserv_pass PASSWORD
Specifies the password to use to identify to the NickServ nickname
service. Upon connecting to the irc server, the command
"/msg NickServ IDENTIFY PASSWORD" will be issued to identify the bot
to the NickServ service.
=head2 Configuring Pastebot's Database
Pastebot must store uploaded text somewhere.
check 3600
count 0
expire 864000
name pasty
store /home/troc/.pastebot
=over 2
=item check SECONDS
How often to check for expired pastes. The value is the number of
SECONDS between each check. 3600 is an hour, 86400 is a day.
Performing expiration checks too frequently will slow down the bot.
Currently these checks are done within the main process, which is
cooperatively multitasked. The entire bot pauses while the check
TODO - Revise the expiration check to work cooperatively, or fork it
into a separate process altogether.
=item count MAX_PASTES
Set a limit on the number of pastes a pastebot's database may hold,
regardless whether they're too young to expire. This limit will be
disabled if MAX_PASTES is zero.
If set, only the MAX_PASTES newest pastes will remain after a periodic
expiration check.
=item expire MAX_AGE_SECONDS
Sets the maximum limit for the age of pastes to retain. This limit
may be disabled if MAX_AGE_SECONDS is zero. If set, however, pastes
that are older than MAX_AGE_SECONDS will be purged during a periodic
expiration check.
=item name NAME
Defines the database's name. Each database must have a unique name so
they may be addressed individually. Database names are not currently
used, but the configuration parser requires every component to be
=item store DIRECTORY
Sets the absolute path of the base directory in which pastes will be
stored. This directory will be created if it doesn't exist. Parent
directories will not be created, however.
Pastebot is its own web server. It often cannot bind to port 80
because some other web server is already there. The recommended port
8888 may be hostile towards people behind firewalls.
Apache users can use ProxyPass to map a directory on their port-80
servers to a running pastebot. This feature requires Apache be built
with both mod_proxy and mod_proxy_add_forward.c support, and that the
add forward module come before the proxy module. For example:
./configure --enable-module=proxy \
--activate-module=src/modules/extra/mod_proxy_add_forward.c \
--enable-module=proxy_add_forward \
--permute-module=proxy:END \
Once Apache is built, you can create a virtual location for the proxy
<Location /pastebot>
Order allow,deny
Allow from all
Deny from none
Then you must tell Apache to forward any requests in the /pastebot/
directory through to the local Pastebot server.
ProxyPass /pastebot/
Now people can use your pastebot on port 80. Be sure to set your
pastebot's "iname" to match your proxy's address and path. For
Common problems and solutions.
=head2 Can't locate [some module] in @INC (@INC contains: ...)
Somehow Bot::Pastebot was installed without one or more prerequisites.
Install the module that can't be located, and try again.
This error may show up multiple times until each required module is
installed. Use a package manager, like the CPAN shell, to automate
the process.
=head2 IRC client (NAME): socket error occurred: Can't assign requested address
The most likely cause is an unknown host name, either for a local
machine or a remote IRC server. If a pastebot has multiple servers
specified, it will rotate to the next available server in about a
=head2 <something> section <name> is redefined at ##
The error is caused when two or more sections in the pastebot
configuration share the same name. To fix it, configure pastebot to
use different names for each section.
In practice, the error is very noisy. Fortunately you only need the
first line. The following example says which section (pbtest) is
redefined, and where (line 68):
pastes section pbtest is redefined at 68
Compilation failed in require at Server/ line 18, <MPH> line 85.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at Server/ line 18, <MPH> line 85.
Compilation failed in require at ./pastebot.perl line 9, <MPH> line 85.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at ./pastebot.perl line 9, <MPH> line 85.
Renaming one of the pbtest sections will resolve the conflict.
=head2 Pastebot is not sending any pastes to IRC
In the web form, you must use a real IRC nick of someone who is on that channel.
Pastebot is Copyright (C) 2002-2013 by Rocco Caputo. All rights are
reserved. Pastebot is free software; you may redistribute and/or
modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.
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