This page is devoted to the IRC bot, birny, who hangs out in channel #tcpip and channel #emacs on the freenode IRC network (http://www.freenode.net/). Birny was written by FranLitterio, who is the current maintainer. Birny is written in EmacsLisp and depends on ERC, the EmacsIRCClient. You can find birny’s source code at
The source code is licensed under the GNU General Public License (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html).
To use birny, say something he recogizes in the channel. You can speak privately to him using “/msg”. If you speak to him privately, he’ll answer you privately, otherwise he’ll answer in the channel. Say something that has one of these forms:
The former is a command to birny to do something. The latter is a request that birny lookup the definition of a word or phrase in his terminology database. To get an index of terms in his database, use the “.index” command. Birny understands the following commands:
These are features that would be nice: