Use the irc, or Internet Relay Chat, command, to converse with other people on the Internet. When you run irc, use its built-in commands to connect to chat servers, to see who is chatting, and to set other options. The irc command's built-in help documents more than 110 commands and topics. To use irc, you should have an active Internet connection.
Start your Internet connection. To start an irc session, use irc on the command line of the console or an X11 terminal window like this:
The irc program connects to a default chat server, or other computer supporting irc, as shown in Figure 20.2.