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I just installed Chatzilla to access IRC. I can connect, log into a server, and join a channel...but there are no incomming messages.

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I just installed Chatzilla to access IRC. I can connect, log into a server, and join a channel...but there are no incomming messages.

As stated, I can get all the way to being able to join a channel, but I don't any 'chatting' going on. I can see the user list, I can see the MOTD, I can do a listing, but no incoming traffic from the channel. I installed mIRC just to see, but same thing. I am thinking that there is some generic setting common to both clients that I am missing somehow, but I really don't know.

Is this a common error that I might be making? Is it a connectivity issue, or similar?

There is not a lot of info regarding this specific problem that I can find.

What do you guys think?

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Re: I just installed Chatzilla to access IRC. I can connect, log into a server, and join a channel...but there are no incomming messages.

Yes, if the 2 others are chatting you would see them. If there is only 3 people it could take weeks to see them do that; they may be idling for a pretty long time.

If you could just try to join #firefox,#sumo,#chatzilla you would see a bot talking several times every 10 minutes (in #firefox) and generally #firefox is a largeer chanenl so talking to others would be easier.

I would simply recommend leaving your ChatZilla open and going to have dinner or something and then coming back, seeing what's new.

People most usually leave IRC client minimised and peek in just sometimes few times during the day. Some may be staring in it non-stop if they are discussing something actively but that is not something they do 8 hours daily or something.

I'm sorry that this is taking a long thread, but I'm sure that you would be able to use this as soon as you simply understand what waiting gives.

Thanks for your patience and understanding; while not always particularly intuitive, Mozilla IRC network is a nice place to be in.

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Re: I just installed Chatzilla to access IRC. I can connect, log into a server, and join a channel...but there are no incomming messages.

Hi.

IRC channels may be inactive (especially if they are small).

Could you please run "/attach irc://moznet/chatzilla" or "/attach irc://moznet/firefox" in your ChatZilla window and check whether you get messages there after saying hi and waiting around an hour or so?

Thanks.

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Re: I just installed Chatzilla to access IRC. I can connect, log into a server, and join a channel...but there are no incomming messages.

Gryllida

How are you?

I am getting ready to shut it down for the night, so this will wait for tomorrow. I will say that I tried #ircbar, #chat, and a few of the more popular channels, and no joy...same stuff. Could you tell me what "/attach" does? I was simply using /join, maybe this is the trick? I will try this later on, and post my success/failure. Thanks for the reply!

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Re: I just installed Chatzilla to access IRC. I can connect, log into a server, and join a channel...but there are no incomming messages.

Hi BobbyEarle,

Chatzilla is a third-party add-on that Mozilla doesn't support directly. If you need help configuring this add-on, you can visit the author's support page at http://chatzilla.hacksrus.com/faq/

Thanks!

- David

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Re: I just installed Chatzilla to access IRC. I can connect, log into a server, and join a channel...but there are no incomming messages.

I should have seen that Gryllida is trying to help you above, somehow I thought you hadn't received any responses on this question. Please just ignore me. Smiley Happy

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Re: I just installed Chatzilla to access IRC. I can connect, log into a server, and join a channel...but there are no incomming messages.

djst

I didn't know that this was third-party. I have been at hackrus and didn't find any info on this issue, but I will check again. Do you have any experience with this sort of problem? It seems like this would be, possibly, a relatively common thing to happen. And just to repeat, I get the same thing happening using mIRC. Kinda weird.

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Re: I just installed Chatzilla to access IRC. I can connect, log into a server, and join a channel...but there are no incomming messages.

Any and all help is appreciated. So I will stall a bit in ignoring you!

Thanks, David

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Re: I just installed Chatzilla to access IRC. I can connect, log into a server, and join a channel...but there are no incomming messages.

Hi. Yes, /join is the same thing. (/attach just does the connect-to-moznet and join-channel things in one command.) I'm looking forward to seeing you at #chatzilla channel.

Thanks for reading replies here, too! Smiley Happy

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Re: I just installed Chatzilla to access IRC. I can connect, log into a server, and join a channel...but there are no incomming messages.

I will be around there later today (it is 4:45 am here). Thanks for the answer re: /attach, and your replies. I am already learning shortcuts to stuff I don't know yet!

We will see how it flies...wish me luck.

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Re: I just installed Chatzilla to access IRC. I can connect, log into a server, and join a channel...but there are no incomming messages.

Good luck! As far as I know, connecting to and chatting on IRC should be as simple as

1. Picking the server you want to join (I use LimeChat for MacOS, so the UI is different compared to Chatzilla but what I do is select Server in the menu, and then Connect). For Mozilla's servers, that's "irc.mozilla.org" without the quotes. 2. Join the channel you want to join, by typing:

/join #nameofchannel (e.g. #sumo if you want to join the Mozilla Support Community backchannel)

If ChatZilla doesn't give you a way to connect to servers, I don't know what's going on.