a rather simple echo irc bot to stand as a simple example of how this could be done.
On Feb 13th I joined the PyLadies folks (along with a friend, @btanaka) to learn about how to make an IRC bot.
I can understand why Rachel would have started with a repository that wouldn’t have required a single sudo or pip command: K.I.S.S . There is overhead associated with teaching pip/virtualenv/etc. when people don’t know what that is.
After perusing the code in that repo, however, I thought that there had to be a simpler way. Back in December the question of making an IRC bot came up in the BayPIGgies mailing list, and Guido hisself answered with one word: Twisted.
I thought I ought to look at what it would take, and turns out that it isn’t much; I made this repo/package so that people could grab the source, run setup.py develop, and hack/execute to their heart’s content.
I hope someone finds it useful.
If you’re going to hack, clone this repo:
hg clone https://bitbucket.org/smcquay/ircbot cd ircbot python setup.py develop
And then continue to add code to ircbot.IRCBot.privmsg.
If you’re not going to hack and just want a simple echo server:
pip install ircbot
Once you’ve installed the bot, you can invoke it as such:
ircbot -p 6668 -n echobot python utah-python
or consult ircbot -h.