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IRC is an excellent public forum -- both for helping users and for getting to know other committers.  We have official group status on [http://freenode.net Freenode].  You can connect to Freenode by pointing your IRC client at irc.freenode.net.  We maintain the following channels:
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'''IRC''' is an excellent public forum -- both for helping users and for getting to know other committers.  We have official group status on [http://freenode.net Freenode].  You can connect to Freenode by pointing your [[#How Do I Choose An IRC Client? | IRC client]] at irc.freenode.net.   
* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse #eclipse] - questions from plug-in developers and users
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-dev #eclipse-dev] - Eclipse committer discussion and socializing - a good rule of thumb is this channel is for the development of org.eclipse.* plugins
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-commits #eclipse-commits] - lists all commits as they come in (See [http://cia.navi.cx CIA])
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A [http://echelog.matzon.dk/?eclipse log] of the the traffic on #eclipse is available on the web.  There is also a [http://eclipsewiki.editme.com/IrcFaq second Eclipse IRC FAQ] available on-line.
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== Main Channels ==
  
If you are a committer on an eclipse project, then you can get yourself a developer cloak. A developer cloak identifies you as a committer on the Eclipse project, gives you some privileges on the channel and masks your hostname. If you would like a developer cloak, please contact paulweb515 or Kurrelgyre on IRC.
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These are the main channels we maintain:
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse #eclipse] - questions from plug-in developers and users [http://echelog.matzon.dk/?eclipse log], general catch-all when specific channels do not exist
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-bugs #eclipse-bugs] - official channel for [[BugDay|Eclipse Bug Day]]s (which haven't happened since 2009)
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-commits #eclipse-commits] - lists all commits as they come in (See [http://cia.navi.cx CIA]) ('''down''' and empty as of 18:06, 16 April 2013 (UTC))
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-dev #eclipse-dev] - Eclipse committer discussion and socializing - a good rule of thumb is this channel is for the development of org.eclipse.* plug-ins
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-soc #eclipse-soc] - official channel for [[Google_Summer_of_Code|Eclipse Summer of Code]]
  
If you're having trouble choosing an IRC client, we recommend [http://chatzilla.hacksrus.com/ ChatZilla] which will integrate nicely into Firefox.
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=== Project Channels ===
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There are also more project specific channels:
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse.b3 #eclipse-b3] - the build channel, buckminster, b3 project, etc (still registered but empty as of 18:06, 16 April 2013 (UTC))
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse.de #eclipse-de] - German localized version of #eclipse
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-e4 #eclipse-e4] - official channel for E4 discussions [http://echelog.com/logs/browse/eclipse-e4 log]
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-ecf #eclipse-ecf] - the discussion channel for the [[Eclipse Communication Framework Project|Eclipse Communication Framework]]
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-hudson #eclipse-hudson] - the discussion channel for the [http://eclipse.org/hudson Hudson CI] project
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-linux #eclipse-linux] - the discussion channel for the [http://www.eclipse.org/linuxtools/ Linux Tools Project]
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-modeling #eclipse-modeling] - the discussion channel for the [http://www.eclipse.org/modeling/ Eclipse Modeling Project]
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-orion #eclipse-orion] - official channel for the [[Orion]] project
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#eclipse-scout #eclipse-scout] - official channel for the [http://wiki.eclipse.org/Scout Eclipse Scout] project ('''inactive''' as of 18:06, 16 April 2013 (UTC))
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#equinox-dev #equinox-dev] - the committer/contributor discussion channel for the [http://eclipse.org/equinox Equinox Project] and p2
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#higgins #higgins] - the discussion channel for the [http://eclipse.org/higgins Higgins] project (registered but empty as of 18:06, 16 April 2013 (UTC))
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#pdt #pdt] - official channel for the [http://eclipse.org/pdt PDT] project
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#virgo #virgo] - official channel for the [http://eclipse.org/virgo/ Virgo] project (registered but empty as of 18:06, 16 April 2013 (UTC))
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=== Related Channels ===
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* [irc://irc.freenode.net/#osgi #osgi] - OSGi related channel
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== More Info ==
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A [http://echelog.com/logs/browse/eclipse log] of the the traffic on #eclipse is available on the web. There is also an actively maintained [[IRC FAQ]] in which most questions eventually appear -- feel free to contribute! ''Much of the content was born [http://eclipsewiki.editme.com/IrcFaq here].''
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If you are a committer on an eclipse project, then you can get yourself a developer cloak.  A developer cloak identifies you as a committer on the Eclipse project, gives you some privileges on the channel and masks your hostname.  If you would like a developer cloak, please contact '''paulweb515''' or '''nitind''' on IRC.
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=== How Do I Start Using IRC? ===
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* First, choose an IRC client (see [[#How Do I Choose An IRC Client? | below]]).
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* Then, read the [http://freenode.net/faq.shtml#nicksetup Freenode Setup FAQ].
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=== How Do I Choose An IRC Client? ===
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* If you are having trouble choosing an IRC client, try [http://chatzilla.hacksrus.com/ ChatZilla] which runs inside Firefox. Konversation and xchat are also widely used options.
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* For GNOME you can try [http://www.smuxi.org/ Smuxi].
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* Or, if you're familiar with the IM client Gaim (now called [http://pidgin.im/pidgin/home/ Pidgin]), it also works great with IRC on both Windows and Linux.
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* Mac users, try [http://www.google.ca/search?q=mac+irc+client one of these].
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* Another choice is [http://www.eclipse.org/ecf ECF's IRC client], which runs as a view inside of Eclipse.
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* If you cannot connect due to firewall issues or prefer to not install anything, try http://webchat.freenode.net/ to connect via HTTP.
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=== OK, I'm Set Up, Now What? ===
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* Read the [[IRC_FAQ | FAQ]].
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* Join a [[#Main Channels | channel]].
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* Post a question, or answer one.

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IRC is an excellent public forum -- both for helping users and for getting to know other committers. We have official group status on Freenode. You can connect to Freenode by pointing your IRC client at irc.freenode.net.

Main Channels

These are the main channels we maintain:

  • #eclipse - questions from plug-in developers and users log, general catch-all when specific channels do not exist
  • #eclipse-bugs - official channel for Eclipse Bug Days (which haven't happened since 2009)
  • #eclipse-commits - lists all commits as they come in (See CIA) (down and empty as of 18:06, 16 April 2013 (UTC))
  • #eclipse-dev - Eclipse committer discussion and socializing - a good rule of thumb is this channel is for the development of org.eclipse.* plug-ins
  • #eclipse-soc - official channel for Eclipse Summer of Code

Project Channels

There are also more project specific channels:

  • #equinox-dev - the committer/contributor discussion channel for the Equinox Project and p2
  • #higgins - the discussion channel for the Higgins project (registered but empty as of 18:06, 16 April 2013 (UTC))
  • #pdt - official channel for the PDT project
  • #virgo - official channel for the Virgo project (registered but empty as of 18:06, 16 April 2013 (UTC))

Related Channels

  • #osgi - OSGi related channel

More Info

A log of the the traffic on #eclipse is available on the web. There is also an actively maintained IRC FAQ in which most questions eventually appear -- feel free to contribute! Much of the content was born here.

If you are a committer on an eclipse project, then you can get yourself a developer cloak. A developer cloak identifies you as a committer on the Eclipse project, gives you some privileges on the channel and masks your hostname. If you would like a developer cloak, please contact paulweb515 or nitind on IRC.

How Do I Start Using IRC?

How Do I Choose An IRC Client?

  • If you are having trouble choosing an IRC client, try ChatZilla which runs inside Firefox. Konversation and xchat are also widely used options.
  • For GNOME you can try Smuxi.
  • Or, if you're familiar with the IM client Gaim (now called Pidgin), it also works great with IRC on both Windows and Linux.
  • Mac users, try one of these.
  • Another choice is ECF's IRC client, which runs as a view inside of Eclipse.
  • If you cannot connect due to firewall issues or prefer to not install anything, try http://webchat.freenode.net/ to connect via HTTP.

OK, I'm Set Up, Now What?

  • Read the FAQ.
  • Join a channel.
  • Post a question, or answer one.