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24/7 channel daemon

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Welcome to BOTD,

BOTD is a pure python3 IRC chat bot that can run as a background daemon for 24/7 a day presence in a IRC channel. It installs itself as a service so you can get it restarted on reboot. You can use it to display RSS feeds, act as a UDP to IRC gateway, program your own commands for it, have it log objects on disk and search them and scan emails for correspondence analysis. BOTD uses a JSON in file database with a versioned readonly storage. It reconstructs objects based on type information in the path and uses a “dump OOP and use OP” programming library where the methods are factored out into functions that use the object as the first argument. BOTD is placed in the Public Domain and has no COPYRIGHT or LICENSE.


installation is through pypi:

> sudo pip3 install botd

if you have previous versions already installed and things fail try to force reinstall:

> sudo pip3 install botd --upgrade --force-reinstall

if this also doesn’t work you’ll need to remove all installed previous versions, so you can do a clean install.

you can run directly from the tarball, see


if you want to run the bot 24/7 you can install BOTD as a service for the systemd daemon. You can do this by copying the following into the /etc/systemd/system/botd.service file:

Description=OBOT - 24/7 channel daemon

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/obotd wd=/var/lib/obot mods=irc,rss,udp -w


then enable the botd service with:

$ sudo systemctl enable botd
$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload

to configure the bot use the cfg (config) command (see above). use sudo for the system daemon and without sudo if you want to run the bot locally. then restart the botd service.

$ sudo service botd stop
$ sudo service botd start

if you don’t want botd to startup at boot, remove the service file:

$ sudo rm /etc/systemd/system/botd.service


BOTD havs it’s own CLI, the botctl program. It needs root because the botd program uses systemd to get it started after a reboot. You can run it on the shell prompt and, as default, it won’t do anything.

$ sudo botctl

you can use botctl <cmd> to run a command directly, use the cmd command to see a list of commands:

$ sudo botctl cmd


configuration is done with the cfg command:

$ sudo botctl cfg
channel=#botd nick=botd port=6667 server=localhost

you can use setters to edit fields in a configuration:

$ .sudo botctl cfg channel=\#dunkbots nick=botd
channel=#dunkbots nick=botd port=6667

to have the irc bot started use the mods=irc option at start:

$ sudo botd mods=irc


BOTD provides with the use of feedparser the possibility to server rss feeds in your channel. To add an url use the rss command with an url:

$ sudo botctl rss
ok 1

run the rss command to see what urls are registered:

$ sudo botctl fnd rss

the ftc (fetch) command can be used to poll the added feeds:

$ sudo botctl ftc
fetched 20

adding rss to mods= will load the rss module and start it’s poller.

$ ./bin/bot mods=irc,rss


BOTD also has the possibility to serve as a UDP to IRC relay where you can send UDP packages to the bot and have txt displayed on the channel.

use the ‘botudp’ command to send text via the bot to the channel on the irc server:

$ tail -f /var/log/syslog | botudp

output to the IRC channel can be done with the use python3 code to send a UDP packet to botd, it’s unencrypted txt send to the bot and display on the joined channels.

to send a udp packet to botd in python3:

import socket

def toudp(host=localhost, port=5500, txt=""):
    sock = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_DGRAM)
    sock.sendto(bytes(txt.strip(), "utf-8"), host, port)


BOTD uses the BOTLIB library as object library, it provides a “move all methods to functions” like this:

obj.method(*args) -> method(obj, *args)



>>> from obj import Object
>>> o = Object()
>>> o.set("key", "value")
>>> o.key


>>> from obj import Object, set
>>> o = Object()
>>> set(o, "key", "value")
>>> o.key

It’s a way of programming with objects, object programming. BOTLIB provides a Object class, that has all the basic dict method provided as functions. This gives a clean namespace to the object, so it can be initialised with data read from disk. OBJ uses a JSON in file database with a versioned readonly storage. It reconstructs objects based on type information in the path.

If you are used to functional programming you’ll like it (or not) ;]


BOTLIB provides the following modules:

bus          - messaging
clk          - clock/repeater
cms          - commands
csl          - console
dbs          - databases
hdl          - handler
irc          - internet relay chat
obj          - objects
ofn          - object functions
prs          - parser
rss          - rich site syndicate
thr          - threads
trm          - terminal
udp          - udp to irc relay


“hope you enjoy my contribution back to society.”

you can contact me on IRC/freenode/#dunkbots or email me at

botfather on #dunkbots

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