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irc.debian.org server not responding to /connect command [ was Re: Documentation is inaccurate ]

Greetings, Paul,

thank you for your answer.

On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 08:42:24AM +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 12:26 AM Filippo Rusconi wrote:

when trying to connect to  irc.debian.org, the alias seems to not be followed,
because the server is never connected to.

Could you explain what you mean by this?

/server irc.debian.org

When I read the page


I tried to follow the instructions:

doc: To connect, you need an IRC client. Some of the most popular clients are
doc: HexChat, ircII, irssi, epic5 and KVIrc, all of which have been packaged for
doc: Debian. OFTC also offers a WebChat web interface which allows you to connect to
doc: IRC with a browser without the need to install any local client.
doc: doc: Once you have the client installed, you need to tell it to connect to the
doc: server. In most clients, you can do that by typing:
doc: doc: /server irc.debian.org doc: doc: Once you are connected, join channel #debian by typing doc: doc: /join #debian

This is what I tried in irssi. But the /server command is not recognized: when I
/server irc.debian.org

I get
17:41 -!- Irssi: Unknown command: server irc.debian.org

So I try /connect irc.debian.org and that also fails differently:

7:43 -!- Irssi: Unable to connect server irc.debian.org port 6667 [Connection timed out]

But, if I now try /connect irc.oftc.net, that work immediately:

17:39 -!- Irssi: Connection to irc.oftc.net established

I can then /join #debian-devel

There must be something I do not grasp here.


PS I have gone through all the steps of IRSSI manual at

1. First steps

replacing irc.example.net by irc.debian.org to no avail.


⢀⣴⠾⠻⢶⣦⠀  Filippo Rusconi, PhD
⣾⠁⢠⠒⠀⣿⡁   Scientist at CNRS
⢿⡄⠘⠷⠚⠋⠀   Debian Developer
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