Many projects hosted by OpenDev make heavy use of Freenode IRC. While the canonical reference for Freenode is found in the Freenode Knowledgebase, this document contains some more specific information for those who are new to IRC and would like to know more about common OpenDev practices.
As of August 1, 2018 all OpenStack IRC channels require users to register their nickname in order to join channels. Unregistered users will be redirected to #openstack-unregistered which has the above link in the channel topic. This was unfortunately required as a result of spam.
Just Start Talking¶
Also known as “No Naked Pings”.
When interacting with other developers over IRC, just start talking. Starting with “ping”, “hi, are you there?” or “do you have a minute?” might seem polite, but it’s actually more distracting. If you have a question, just ask it.
Be prepared that it might not get answered the first time as people tend to multi-task. It’s ok to re-ask after a while, but try to be aware if there is a lot of activity going on that the person or people you are looking for may not be in a position to answer right at that moment.
Talking to specific people¶
To talk to a specific person, prefix the line with their name. For instance,
mordred a question:
mordred: I’m having a problem with this patch, https://review.opendev.org/#/c/530978/, could you help me figure out it?
It is not required or useful to prefix someone’s name with an
just extra typing and looks weird in IRC clients.
Use a pastebin for communicating long content¶
OpenDev runs a pastebin service that can be used for pasting content and then getting a link that can be copied into IRC. Pasting more than one or two lines floods the channel and makes other communication difficult.
The OpenDev team is responsible for maintaining the developer
infrastructure systems used by OpenDev and its hosted projects. The team is in the
#opendev channel. As they are technical support for all
of OpenDev, the channel can be quite busy. However, they are there to
help, so if you have issues, asking in
#opendev is completely
appropriate. Just remember that it’s best to just ask your question, and that
sometimes it might be extra busy so you might need to be patient.
If there is an issue that seems to require urgent attention by someone with
access to one of the servers, you can mention
infra-root in your message.
Likewise, if you would like to get the attention of the core reviewers for
one of our configuration repositories, use the keyword
Persistent Clients and IRC Bouncers¶
Many developers prefer to run an “IRC Bouncer” to allow for being always connected.
It is NOT required to have a persistent IRC connection. Indeed, some developers explicitly disconnect. The information here is intended to be helpful for those who would like to have a persistent connection but are not sure how.
For people who do not have access to a convenient persistent Cloud Server or do not care to manage a long-lived server, IRCCloud is a web-based IRC client that provides an optional (paid) persistent connection.
As a developer, it may be worth the effort to find an OpenStack Cloud on which to run a bouncer. Being an OpenStack End User is a great way to ensure good context for the End User experience.