Eggdrop is a popular IRC bot and the oldest still in active development.
Development History 
It was originally written by Robey Pointer in December 1993 to help manage and protect the EFnet channel #gayteen; one Eggdrop bot version was named Valis.
Eggdrop was originally intended to help manage and protect channels from takeover attempts and other forms of IRC war.
The bot is written in the C programming language and features interfaces for C modules and Tcl scripts that allow users to further enhance the functionality of the bot.
A large number of Tcl scripts are available to expand the bot's functionality, most of them written by Eggdrop users. Scripts are available to add and extend support for: online games, stats, user and channel management, information storage and lookup, greeting channel members, tracking last seen times, botnet management, anti-spam, file serving and distribution (usually via the DCC protocol), IRC services (similar to ChanServ and NickServ), and much more.
Eggdrop includes built-in support for sharing user information and channel bans, however a script is required to simultaneously control multiple bots and for bots to coordinate channel management and modes.
The bot also features a botnet, which allows multiple bots to be linked together to share data and act in a coordinated fashion. The botnet supports a "party line", which is accessible via DCC CHAT and telnet. People can communicate within the botnet on various channels in an equivalent to a miniature IRC. Channel 0, the default, is referred to as the "party line".
Over the years Eggdrop has become one of the most popular bots run by IRC users.
See also 
- ^ "Homepage". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- ^ a b c Mutton, Paul (July 2004). IRC Hacks. O'Reilly Media. p. 294. ISBN 978-0-596-00687-7.
- ^ a b Bejtlich, Richard (November 2005). Extrusion Detection: Security Monitoring for Internal Intrusions. Professional Series. Addison-Wesley. p. 308. ISBN 978-0-321-34996-5.
- ^ Leonard, Andrew (July 1997). Bots: The Origin of New Species (1st ed.). San Francisco, CA: Hardwired. ISBN 1-888869-05-4. "Meanwhile, back in #gayteen, Pointer's other IRC haunt, a raging power struggle had alienated most of the regular members of the channel"
- ^ Leonard, Andrew (April 1996). "Wired 4.04: Bots Are Hot!". Wired Magazine. Condé Nast Publications. p. 5. Retrieved 2008-12-26. "There are bots that greet newcomers to channels with information about the channel. Valis, the gaybot at #gayteen, is such a bot."
- ^ a b c "ABOUT". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- ^ Lewis, Chris; Steve Pickavance (February 2006). Selecting MPLS VPN Services. Networking Technology. Cisco Press. p. 266. ISBN 978-1-58705-191-3.
- ^ Piccard, Paul; Brian Baskin, George Spillman, Marcus Sachs (May 2005). Securing IM and P2P Applications for the Enterprise (1st ed.). Syngress Publishing. p. 401. ISBN 978-1-59749-017-7.
- ^ a b c d Damer, Bruce (October 1997). Avatars! Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet (1st ed.). Peachpit. ISBN 978-0-201-68840-5.
- ^ Clemm, Alexander; Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville, Rolf Stadler (December 2007). Managing Virtualization of Networks and Services. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer Science+Business Media. p. 1. ISBN 978-3-540-75693-4.
- ^ a b "README". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- ^ "egghelp.org: Tcl Archive". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- ^ "eggheads.org FTP: Scripts". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- ^ "BOTNET". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- ^ Piccard, et. al., p. 390
- ^ "PARTYLINE". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- ^ Orwant, Jon (August 2004). Games, Diversions & Perl Culture. Best of the Perl Journal (1st ed.). O'Reilly Media. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-596-00312-8.
- ^ Casey, Eoghan (March 2004). Digital Evidence and Computer Crime (2nd ed.). Academic Press. p. 497. ISBN 978-0-12-163104-8.
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