Lucas Nuss­baum has posed an eer­ily famil­i­ar ques­tion: what is the best way to main­tain a single and con­stant IRC pres­ence, access­ible from mul­tiple loc­a­tions? After some exper­i­ment­a­tion with dif­fer­ent solu­tions (includ­ing Irssi + Irssi-Proxy), I finally settled upon a com­bin­a­tion of Bip IRC Proxy, an SSH tun­nel and my favour­ite GUI IRC cli­ent. I was plan­ning to write a guide, but I came across an excel­lent one which explains the whole pro­cess. Man­aging the SSH tun­nel is easy with gSTM.

Now I can use the same nick from mul­tiple sites at once. It is com­pletely trans­par­ent to oth­er people, so it doesn’t mat­ter where in the world I am provided that I have an Inter­net con­nec­tion with an SSH and IRC cli­ent. I am not forced to use a par­tic­u­lar IRC cli­ent, and I don’t have to give up a GUI. I can even stay logged in at both home and work at the same time.

My primary fea­ture request would be for Bip to have the cap­ab­il­ity to set myself as Away when I have no IRC cli­ents con­nec­ted. At present, it only provides the option to change my nick in this cir­cum­stance, which is too heavy-handed and pol­lutes the chan­nel with announcements. 

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