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IRC Bot

Install

The IRC bot is included with Synchronet BBS, at exec/ircbot.js. Additional IRC bot modules are available in exec/ircbots/.

Configure

The IRC bot configuration file is ircbot.ini.

[server_ServerName]
addresses=add.ress.one, add.ress.two
nick=BotNickname
services_password=?
channels=#channelone, #channeltwo
port=6667

Notes:

  1. If you are running the Synchronet ircd, you can connect the bot to localhost, 127.0.0.1, or the specific interface that the ircd binds to as configured in services.ini
  2. You may place more than one server section in ircbot.ini, however connecting to multiple servers with one bot currently does not work. Instead, you would need to run multiple instances of ircbot.js.

Modules There are a number of modules available for the IRC bot, but they are not all enabled (or listed) in ctrl/ircbot.ini by default.

[module_ModuleName]
channels=#channelone <key>,!#channeltwo
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/mybot/
lib=mylib.js
global=true

Looking at the exec/ircbots directory, you may see more modules that are installed but bot configured. As of the time of this writing, the following are available:

;[module_Trivia]
;dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/trivia/

[module_Admin]
global=true
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/admin/

[module_Antispam]
global=true
channels = #channelname
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/antispam/

[module_Decider]
global=true
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/decider/

[module_Dice]
global=true
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/dice/

[module_Dis]
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/dis/

;[module_Google]
;global=true
;dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/google/

[module_Ham]
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/ham/

[module_Humanity]
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/humanity/

[module_Info]
global=true
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/info/
lib=http.js

[module_Poker]
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/poker/
lib=cardlib.js

[module_Presence]
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/presence/

[module_Weather]
global=true
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/weather/
lib=http.js

[module_WhereIs]
global=true
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/whereis/
lib=http.js

[module_RPG]
channels = #channelname
dir=/sbbs/exec/ircbots/rpgbot/

Notes

  1. Google seems to have some missing file dependencies and doesn't execute so I have it commented out.
  2. No trivia directory although it is listed in the ini file.
  3. Add a module to a channel by adding the line channels = #channelname to the block.
  4. Otherwise, by adding the modules to the ini and restarting the bot you may make these available in your ircd.

Running the IRC Bot

The IRC bot can be executed via jsexec, jsexec ircbot.js, and an alternate configuration file may be specified like so: jsexec ircbot.js -f /some/other/ircbot.ini.

You can also run the IRC bot via your services thread by adding an entry to services.ini:

[IRCBot]
Port=6668
Options=STATIC|LOOP
Command=ircbot.js

Note that the Port value must be supplied, but is irrelevant; the bot does not listen for connections. Just pick an unused port.

You can add -f /some/other/ircbot.ini to the Command line to specify an alternate configuration file.

Use

  1. See the help menu by sending /msg <botnick> help.
  2. Some commands are restricted and will not show up in the help menu (or be usable), until you have identified yourself to the bot. To identify, use /msg <botnick> identify <password>. (Your IRC nickname must be the same as your username on the BBS for this to work.)

Without IDENT the help looks like;

Usage: HELP <module> <command> | HELP <command>
[main] help,?,ident,quote
[admin] whois,eval,lastspoke
[antispam] 
[decider] should
[dice] roll,dice
[dis] quote,dis
[ham] specs,z,geo,vhf,hf,country,callsign,contests,bands
[humanity] humanity,submit,humanity!,pick,humanity?,score
[info] def,syn,info,wtf
[poker] deal,go,fold,check,bet,call,raise,status,list,show,hole,invite,balance
[presence] nodelist
[weather] weather,forecast
[whereis] whereis
[rpg] create,classes,races,zones,login,logout,help
editor commands: set, link, unlink, move, mobs, items, exits, title, desc, goto, look
battle commands: flee, kill
item commands: drop, get, put, unlock, lock, open, close, remove, wear, equip, wield
rpg commands: score, status, move, equipment, inventory, look
for detailed command info, type 'rpg help <command>'
for help creating a characer, type 'rpg help create'
for help with the editor, type 'rpg help editor'

With IDENT it looks like;

Usage: HELP <module> <command> | HELP <command>
[main] reload,load,join,part,die,restart,help,?,ident,addquote,quote,greet,save,prefix,nick,module,modules,abort,ignore
[admin] whois,addmask,delmask,adduser,change,resetpass,pass,seval,eval,groups,subs,subgroups,read,finger,udpfinger,exec,say,lastspoke,force,debug,objkeys,tail,pipe
[antispam] 
[decider] should
[dice] roll,dice
[dis] quote,dis
[ham] specs,z,geo,vhf,hf,country,callsign,contests,bands
[humanity] humanity,submit,humanity!,pick,humanity?,score
[info] def,syn,info,wtf
[poker] deal,go,fold,check,bet,call,raise,status,list,show,hole,invite,balance,buyin
[presence] nodelist
[weather] weather,forecast
[whereis] whereis
[rpg] create,classes,races,zones,login,edit,logout,save,help,restore
editor commands: set, link, unlink, move, mobs, items, exits, title, desc, goto, look
battle commands: flee, kill
item commands: drop, get, put, unlock, lock, open, close, remove, wear, equip, wield
rpg commands: score, status, move, equipment, inventory, look
for detailed command info, type 'rpg help <command>'
for help creating a characer, type 'rpg help create'
for help with the editor, type 'rpg help editor'

The main module functions are contained in the /exec/load/ircbot_commands.js file. All other modules are free standing and have separate files in their respective directories under /exec/ircbots/. The help associated with the various modules/commands is not complete. if you choose to add/update look for the lines;

Bot_Commands["RELOAD"].usage =
	get_cmd_prefix() + "RELOAD";
Bot_Commands["RELOAD"].help = 
	"Reloads the internal bot command and function structure.  No arguments.";

This is an example from the command RELOAD. The usage line dictates the syntax required to execute the command. The help line contains a text description of the command's function.

Module Main

  • reload - Reloads the internal bot command and function structure. No arguments. (see note below)
  • load - ??? Unconfirmed ??? I suspect this loads messages from a BBS message area but am unable to get this working.
  • join - Instructs the specified bot to JOIN a new channel. [Note: may also be specified in the ircbot.ini file as well]
  • part - Instructs the specified bot to dePART from a channel.
  • die - Causes bot to die (shut down). You don't want that, do you?
  • restart - Forces bot to restart, only works with bots running as a service. If using JSExec the bot will DIE but not restart.
  • help - Displays helpful information about bot commands.
  • ? - This is the same as help above [Note: This is a command alias, created via Bot_Commands[“?”] = Bot_Commands[“HELP”];
  • ident - Identifies a user by alias and password. Use via private message only. [Note: create an alias for IDENT too.]
  • addquote - Adds a quote from your nick to the database. Use QUOTE to see. [Note: quotes held in ircbot.ini file appended to bottom.]
  • quote - QUOTE returns quote assoicated with your nick, or search for a string to quote.
  • greet - Sets or clears the greeting I will display when you enter the room.
  • save - ??? Unconfirmed ??? Save some data locally?
  • prefix - Changes the bot command prefix. Default is BOT. Only needed in channels, not in private msgs.
  • nick - Change the bots nickname.
  • module - Toggle the status of modules in channels.
  • modules - Same as modules above.
  • abort - Instruct the bot to ABORT server output.
  • ignore - Tell the bot to IGNORE the specified nickname.

Note: The RELOAD command throws an error in it's default config. This should result in reloading ircbot.ini as well as all the modules, but fails with the following error;

TypeError: redeclaration of const MODULE_NAME
file: /sbbs/exec/ircbots/presence/presence.js
line: 27

You may comment out this section in the /exec/load/ircbot_commands.js file to avoid, but then you don't RELOAD modules, just the bot.

Bot_Commands["RELOAD"].command = function (target,onick,ouh,srv,lvl,cmd) {
	srv.o(target,"Reloading the bot configuration...","NOTICE");
	load("load/ircbot_commands.js");
	load("load/ircbot_functions.js");
	for(var m in Modules) {
		/* Don't reload libraries?? 
		for(var l in Modules[m].load) {
			if(Modules[m].load[l]) load(Modules[m],Modules[m].load[l]);
		} */
	}
	srv.o(target,"Reloaded.","NOTICE");
	return;
}

I'll start creating separate pages for the other modules as I work though them.

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