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Rcirc screenshot freenode.png
rcirc in GNU Emacs 23
Original author(s) Ryan Yeske
Stable release 24.1 (June 10, 2012; 4 years ago (2012-06-10)) [±]
Development status Active
Written in Emacs Lisp
Operating system Cross-platform, GNU
Size 99 KB
Type IRC client
License GNU GPL
Website www.gnu.org/software/emacs/

rcirc is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client written in Emacs Lisp.[1][2] It is one of two IRC clients included in GNU Emacs since release 22.1, alongside ERC.[1][3]

Rcirc is "compact, written in a single file of less than 2,500 lines of code".[1] It allocates separate buffers for each server and channel, and includes tab completion and inbound message timestamps. It allows opening new buffers for composing messages, useful for multiline work. All IRC commands are bound to control-c command shortcuts. Sound alerts are available for private messages and for when a user's nick is mentioned in channel.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Stutz, Michael (2007-01-15). "Chat it up in Emacs with IRC modes". Linux.com. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  2. ^ Ott, Alex. "Emacs: rcirc" (in Russian). Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  3. ^ Stallman, Richard (2007-06-03). "Emacs 22.1 released". info-gnu-emacs (Mailing list). Retrieved 2009-10-16. 

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