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I want to setup an IRC server in my local network. I would like to know the IRC server options available for Ubuntu.
I heard that irc-hybrid is good. Do you have any other suggestions.
The thing is that I want to use an IRC server which is generally used by most of the Ubuntu community(who uses IRC server).
I would also like to know the exact steps to configure it.

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"the best" is a subjective question, and such, cannot be answered directly -- so that makes it off topic. Suggest re-wording to emphasize which IRC servers are available, rather than discussing which one is best. –  allquixotic Oct 27 '12 at 20:30
@allquixotic, Thanks for the comment. I have made the changes. –  saji89 Oct 29 '12 at 12:02

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This is answered thoroughly (including both server packages and installation instructions) here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/IrcServer

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I had seen that wiki. Its quite outdated, last edit was way back in 2008. If you have done this, could you please post the exact steps that worked for you. –  saji89 Nov 26 '12 at 4:24
Not much has changed in the world of IRC since 2008. :) It's been quite a while since I had to support an ircd, but I believe dancer-ird was the one I used; the setup steps at help.ubuntu.com/community/Dancer-IRCD look pretty familiar - and that particular how-to was last updated Nov '11, so I'd say go from there and see how you fare. –  Jim Salter Nov 26 '12 at 4:46

This really is a matter of personal taste; I prefer Unreal myself but they are all fairly obtuse (likely by design, to keep "noobs" from operating IRC servers) and take some doing to set up, although ircd-hybrid as mentioned is probably an easier one. However, for an IRC server I've been running for a few years now on Ubuntu, I have been using Unreal 3.2 because I was most familiar with using networks that run Unreal.

Another important thing to consider is services, if you are new to IRC server administration you might be surprised to find out that things such as nickserv are not part of the IRC package but services. Anope is the most common to use with Unreal but it works with other IRC servers.

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Please share the exact steps for installing the IRC server on which you're experienced. –  saji89 Dec 21 '12 at 4:22
That would require writing basically an entire wiki to go over comprehensively. The short version is that you need to go through the configuration files in great detail, and this will take you some time, and vary greatly depending on your specific environment and requirements. IRC is not a modern "setup and go" thing, and there are no wizards. Installing and configuring an IRC server is a very manual, specific-to-the-situation process. –  Anna Dec 21 '12 at 21:18
Some basic steps that are common to most situations, would be good. –  saji89 Dec 22 '12 at 4:15

Basic steps:

  1. Find package
  2. Decompress/install make package
  3. Run package
  4. Connect to service
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Hello, and welcome to askubuntu.com . For future reference, make your answer more clear, providing examples in addition to actual steps. How would user find package ? what commands or tools needed ? Be as clear as possible –  Xieerqi yesterday

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