|Revised and Annotated for CMU 15-441,Sep 2003
Network Working Group
Request for Comments: 1459
Internet Relay Chat Protocol
Editor's Note: This is a revised version of RFC 1459,
intended for students in 15-441, Sep 2003. It is based on the HTML
version of RFC 1459 from www.irchelp.org.
Status of This Memo
This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet
community. Discussion and suggestions for improvement are requested.
Please refer to the current edition of the "IAB Official Protocol
Standards" for the standardization state and status of this protocol.
Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
The IRC protocol was developed over the last 4 years since it was
first implemented as a means for users on a BBS to chat amongst
themselves. Now it supports a world-wide network of servers and
clients, and is stringing to cope with growth. Over the past 2 years,
the average number of users connected to the main IRC network has
grown by a factor of 10.
The IRC protocol is a text-based protocol, with the simplest client
being any socket program capable of connecting to the server.
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