Eggdrop

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Eggdrop
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Developer(s) Eggheads
Initial release December 1993
Stable release 1.6.21 (October 26, 2011; 2 years ago (2011-10-26)) [±]
Development status Active
Written in C, Tcl
Operating system Unix-like
Platform Cross-platform
Size 1 MB
Available in English, Multilingual
Type IRC bot
License GPL
Website www.eggheads.org

Eggdrop is a popular IRC bot and the oldest still in active development.[1][2][3]

Development History[edit]

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.[4][5][6] Eggdrop was originally intended to help manage and protect channels from takeover attempts and other forms of IRC war.[3][7][8][9][10]

Features[edit]

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.[6][11][2]

A large number of Tcl scripts are available to expand the bot's functionality, most of them written by Eggdrop users.[12][13][2] 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.[6][11][14][15][9] 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".[16][9]

Popularity[edit]

Over the years Eggdrop has become one of the most popular bots run by IRC users.[17][18][9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Homepage". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  2. ^ a b c Mutton, Paul (July 2004). IRC Hacks. O'Reilly Media. p. 294. ISBN 978-0-596-00687-7. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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" 
  5. ^ 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." 
  6. ^ a b c "ABOUT". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Chris; Steve Pickavance (February 2006). Selecting MPLS VPN Services. Networking Technology. Cisco Press. p. 266. ISBN 978-1-58705-191-3. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ a b "README". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  12. ^ "egghelp.org: Tcl Archive". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  13. ^ "eggheads.org FTP: Scripts". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  14. ^ "BOTNET". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  15. ^ Piccard, et al., p. 390
  16. ^ "PARTYLINE". eggheads.org. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ 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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