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IRC bot

An IRC bot named Arbalest was created using the Eclipse Communication Framework project's Bot Framework. The bot sat in the Freenode IRC Eclipse channels and was intended to help make the lives of everyone in the channel a little easier by being able to access Bugzilla and provide helpful links that users often needs to go to such as the Eclipse platform's APIs.

For any questions, please contact rcjsuen or nitind on IRC.


The bot was hosted by Nitin Dahyabhai, a committer on the Eclipse Web Tools Platform. It is a modified version of the original KOS-MOS bot operated by Remy Suen. It has been offline since the mandatory adoption of SASL authentication.


Arbalest was set to autojoin the following channels on Freenode (

  • #eclipse
  • #eclipse-bugs
  • #eclipse-de
  • #eclipse-dev
  • #eclipse-e4
  • #eclipse-ecf
  • #eclipse-linux
  • #eclipse-modeling
  • #eclipse-orion
  • #eclipse-soc
  • #equinox-dev
  • #jetty
  • #osgi

Source Code

Available Commands

There are two types of commands that the bot can understand:

  • Keyword-Based Messages: ~snippets, ~logs, ~deadlock
  • Commands With Operands: ~wiki IRC_FAQ, ~bug206528

To prepend a user's name to the message that the bot will output, use ~tell name about message-keyword or ~tell name about command operand.

Feature Requests

Please add all feature requests for the bot in Bugzilla.

Some older requests (without open bugs) include:

  • IRC session logging and control...e.g. ~startlogging, ~stoplogging, ~sendlog
  • Execute commands only if sender user has permission to do so
  • Commands for project build: start build, run tests. Restricted by channel and user.
  • ~newsgroup genmodel generation (support querying newsgroup for relevant threads bug 182606)
  • Would like to see a set of commands supported for every project (solved by bug 201751) ...e.g.
    • ~ecf-javadocs
    • ~wtp-home
    • ~dsdp-wiki

See also: Open Bugs, Closed Bugs.

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