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Snak Manual

Introduction
Quickstart
Connecting to a server
Joining channels
Sending messages
Actions
Keeping track of people
Customization and settings
Using DCC
IRC commands
Scripting
Troubleshooting

 

Basics

Once you have connected to a server and the connection is online you can join channels. The connection status is visible in the server message panel and the profile list.

A channel is a virtual meeting place on the Internet where people from all over the world can meet and chat in real-time. You can join as many as you want (some servers limit you to 10 or so). In Snak it's easy to have multiple channels share a window, which can save a lot of screen space. You will see examples of this later.

When the connection is online you can send a command to the server to join a particular channel. Snak will then open the channel panel while it waits for the server to respond.

Normally you will be let into the channel in a few seconds, but sometimes the server may not be able to let you in. The other participants may have set a limit on how many people they want in the channel, the channel may be protected by a password or several other things can prevent you from joining a channel.

You can’t send messages into a channel before the server has successfully let you in. If you type text before that, you will see a message saying "Please join the channel before sending text".

As you become proficient with IRC you will learn that you can easily and quickly control the program through typed commands. Commands are text strings, typed into the input field that start with the forward-slash "/".

Snak supports the /join and /channel commands, but it also provides more user-friendly ways of joining channels.

The rest of the chapter explains the various ways of joining channels. To leave a channel, simply close the panel with Cmd-W, click the red close box or type /part into the input field of the window.

If you use the shared windows option there may be multiple channels in a window. In that case Cmd-W will only close the active channel and the window itself will not go away until the last channel is closed. To close all channels in a window at once, click in the close box of the window.

IRC channels don't really exist anywhere in the physical sense of the word. They are just digital records on the servers on the network that describes how to route messages. Channels come and go at all times. A channel is willed into existence when the first user types /join <channel> and disappears when the last user leaves it.

That means that you can create channels yourself easily. You just have to type /join MyCoolNewChannel to make the server create it for you. Then you join it, but you will be the sole occupant and you may not be able to get other people to join you because no one knows about the new channel or see a reason to go there. That's the reason for those thousands of one-person channels you see if you do a full channel list.

 

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