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10.24. How do I access IRC?

You may have an IRC client running on your system. Check with other users or the system administrator to find out. Try typing irc or ircii to see whether anything extraordinary happens. If so, chances are you've found your system's IRC client.

If you are use the emacs environment, try typing M-x irc.

If not, you can use one of the Internet's public IRC systems. Instead of running the client on your own machine, you can Telnet to another system that has it.

When you connect to many of these systems you'll see a message announcing that you should use public IRC clients only as a last resort. If you can, compile an IRC client for your system.

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