The sys admin’s daily grind: CGI:IRC


Article from Issue 79/2007

Have you ever felt frustrated because you were looking forward to a chat session but didn’t have access to a client? Firewalls, or simply not having access to your own machine, can be frustrating. Wth CGI:IRC, all you need for IRC is a web browser.

In some situations, I would rather chat online than phone people. My preferred IRC client is Irssi. It runs in a screen session on a server that I can access from wherever I happen to be using SSH.

Sometimes SSH just isn’t an option, like when your customers’ firewalls are too tightly locked down or if you visit an Internet café on vacation. A tool with the typographically challenging name of CGI:IRC can be the answer. The software gives you a web interface that passes input on to the IRC server.

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