IRC Bot for manpages.ubuntu.com

October 13, 2008

I’m quite proud of the Ubuntu Manpage Repository, at http://manpages.ubuntu.com.

And I’m even more proud that other people are extending that work in new and interesting directions.

Specifically the good people over at ##club-ubuntu on irc.freenode.net have written an IRC bot that interfaces with manpages.ubuntu.com using supybot. Thanks to henux for making me aware, and emma for giving me the tour 😉

It accepts two simple commands, “@man” and “@manurl”. Quite cool!

kirkland> @man supybot
ubnotu> kirkland: supybot – A robust and user friendly Python IRC bot // Synopsis: supybot [options] configFile // Description: Supybot is a robust, user-friendly, and programmer-friendly Python IRC bot. It aims to be an adequate replacement for most existing IRC bots.

kirkland> @manurl supybot
ubnotu> kirkland: http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/hardy/man1/supybot.html

Cheers to the team doing this, thanks guys! \o/

:-Dustin

One Response to “IRC Bot for manpages.ubuntu.com”

  1. Pretto Says:

    Hi Dustin.
    Since I got the UbuntuMan code past weeks ago I was looking if there’s an API ready for search manpages.ubuntu instead of using a parser to get the info, I am concerning about this because we will be able to make some search based on the user language, not only english.


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