The best feature of Circe is the activity tracker, which many will know from ERC. That tracker displays (abbreviations of) channels with activity in the mode line, highlighting entries when your nick is mentioned while you're not looking. It is easy to check on talk while working, as C-c C-SPC will cycle through all channels with activity, returning you to your work when no more Circe buffers with activity are left—everything well integrated into your normal work environment.
Originally, Circe was named EIRCC (Emacs IRC Client), but that name is difficult to type, so we renamed the project.
About half of Circe is a separate library, called Lui, which handles all of the user interface for Circe. It is designed to be usable for other software projects. Please refer to the source file for more information.
Circe has the following features:
The following features are planned to be included at one point in the future:
`symbol'references, SRFIs, ...)
Lui is still lacking the following features:
Circe was originally written because the author felt ERC, another very nice IRC client for Emacs, had become more and more difficult to debug and improve. The alternative, rcirc, lacked many features the author wanted. So the solution was to write a new client.
Circe owes a lot to the great ideas that got incorporated into ERC, and to the long amount of experience gotten from that project.
Download the files
from CVS. You
will end up with a directory with a number of
files in them. Let's say this directory
~/.elisp/circe/. The following code snippet in
.emacs will enable
the M-x circe command to connect to IRC:
(add-to-list 'load-path "~/.elisp/circe/") (autoload 'circe "circe" "Connect to an IRC server" t)
Here's a sample configuration from the author:
(autoload 'circe "circe" "Connect to an IRC server" t) (when (file-directory-p "~/.elisp/circe") (add-to-list 'load-path "~/.elisp/circe")) ;; This defines the password variables below (when (file-exists-p "~/.private.el") (load-file "~/.private.el")) (setq circe-default-realname "http://www.forcix.cx/" circe-ignore-list nil circe-server-coding-system '(latin-1 . undecided) circe-server-auto-join-channels '(("^freenode$" "#emacs" "#scheme" "#scsh" "#darcs" "#wiki" "#css" "#latex" "#ideologies" "##linguistics") ("^IRCnet" "#StarWars" "+linux.de")) circe-nickserv-passwords `(("freenode" ,freenode-passwd))) (setq lui-max-buffer-size 30000 lui-flyspell-p t lui-flyspell-alist '(("+linux.de" "german8") ("." "american"))) (eval-after-load "circe" '(progn (require 'lui-irc-colors) (add-to-list 'lui-pre-output-hook 'lui-irc-colors) (add-to-list 'circe-receive-message-functions 'fc-bitlbee-auth))) (defun fc-bitlbee-auth (nick user host command args) "Authenticate to a bitlbee server." (when (and (string= command "JOIN") (circe-server-my-nick-p nick)) (with-circe-server-buffer (when (string= circe-server-network "bitlbee") (circe-server-send (format "PRIVMSG #bitlbee :identify %s" bitlbee-passwd)))))) (defun irc () "Connect to IRC." (interactive) (circe "irc.freenode.net" "6667" "freenode") (circe "sarg" "23523" "IRCnet" muh-passwd) (circe "localhost" "6668" "bitlbee"))
There's a mailing list for circe. You can subscribe via the web interface.
The project, webpage and mailinglist is hosted on Savannah—many thanks to GNU for providing this great service!