From Mandriva Community Wiki
The Freenode IRC Network
- Clients available in Mandriva repositories include: konversation (KDE4), quassel (Qt), xchat (Gtk+) and pidgin (Gtk+ IM client)
- If you are going to use IRC you should consider registering your nick.
- With a registered nick you can apply for a host cloak to hide your IP address.
- When using the network, you should be aware of Freenode policies.
- When using Mandriva channels, you should be aware of the Code of Conduct
Topic Channels (English Language)
#mandriva is the main channel, the default for IRC clients in the distribution. Help is provided mostly by users who volunteer their time. This channel should be used for support issues only, and language should be kept clean and polite. MajorMishap can provide help information and Sophie provides RPM lookup. Please do not paste more than a couple of lines directly into the channel, use a pastebin instead.
There is an excellent quick-guide Getting Help on IRC, it covers most of the points that anyone using a support channel should know.
- This Wiki: See the links and search box on the left of the page. Some useful pages include:
- Mandriva Documentation: Introduction and basic guides.
- Mandriva Forum: English, French and other language forums.
- Bugzilla: The Mandriva bug tracker. For advice on how to use it see: Using Bugzilla
- PLF: An organisation which provides packages that Mandriva cannot distribute, for various reasons.
- Easyurpmi: A web site that allows you to easily add the PLF repositories.
- Mailing lists: Mandriva has several mailing lists which you can subscribe to. For help, the two main ones are Newbie (Subscribe Archives) and Expert (Subscribe Archives)
#mandriva-chat is the 'offtopic' channel. Used for general chat, socilaising, and wider-ranging discussions not suitable for #mandriva. The topic is open, but the aim is to keep things friendly, and as with most public channels contentious subjects (politics, religion etc) should be treated with caution. Use common sense and avoid heated debates.
Cooker Distribution Development
For packaging and development of the KDE desktop in Mandriva visit #mandriva-kde.
#mandriva-kernel is the specialist channel for the discussion of kernel related issues.
To make it easier for people who speak languages other than English to get help, some users have set up language specific channels
- Finnish : #mandriva-fi
- French : #mandrivafr
- German : #mandriva-de
- Italian : #mandriva-it
- Norwegian : #mandriva.no
- Polish : #mandriva.pl
- Portuguese : #mandriva-br
- Romanian : #mandrivaro
- Russian : #mandriva-ru, see also on rus-net.org IRC network #mandriva
- Spanish : #mandriva-es, see also on escomposlinux IRC network #blogdrake
- Serbian : #mandriva-rs
Some of these channels may be empty at times. You can help by auto-joining and staying around in the channel of your language. The more that people do this, the more useful the channel will become.
There are several bot programs running in the channels. You can PM any of them to talk to them in private and avoid spamming the channels (/query <bot>). Please do not bring your own bots into Mandriva channels.
Channels: #mandriva #mandriva-cooker #mandriva-de #mandriva-fi #mandriva-kernel #mandriva-xfce #mandrivafr
Provides information on RPM packages in the Mandriva standard repos.
Common commands include:
- :v <package name> : Shows the version of a package
- :s <package name> : Shows the summary of a package
- :findefile <file> : Finds the packages that provide a file
- :maint <package> : Shows the maintainer of a package
- :url <package> : Shows the package URL (home page of project, etc)
- -v <release> : Option to search a release other than the current one eg. -v 2009.0
- -a <arch> : Option to specify the architecture ie. i586 or x86_64
Channels: #mandriva-cooker #mandrivafr
Displays the page title of links posted in the channel.
Resident MC of the offtopic channel and all-round good guy.
Common commands include:
- .weather <city>, <country> : Show your local weather
- .define <word> : Find dictionary definition
- .google <text> : Perform a Google search