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irssi - The IRC client of the future
GitHub repo: https://github.com/jessfraz/irssi
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What is irssi?
Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plugins. Some people refer to it as ‘the client of the future’.
How to use this image
Because it is unlikely any two irssi users have the same configuration preferences, this image does not include an irssi configuration. To configure irssi to your liking, please refer to upstream’s excellent (and comprehensive) +documentation.
Be sure to also checkout the awesome scripts you can download to customize your irssi configuration.
Directly via bind mount
On a Linux system, build and launch a container named
my-running-irssi like this:
$ docker run -it --name my-running-irssi -e TERM -u $(id -u):$(id -g) \ --log-driver=none \ -v $HOME/.irssi:/home/user/.irssi:ro \ -v /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro \ irssi
--log-driver=none to avoid storing useless interactive terminal data.
On a Mac OS X system, run the same image using:
$ docker run -it --name my-running-irssi -e TERM -u $(id -u):$(id -g) \ --log-driver=none \ -v $HOME/.irssi:/home/user/.irssi:ro \ irssi
/etc/localtime on Mac OS X because
boot2docker doesn’t use this file.
irssi images come in many flavors, each designed for a specific use case.
This is the defacto image. If you are unsure about what your needs are, you probably want to use this one. It is designed to be used both as a throw away container (mount your source code and start the container to start your app), as well as the base to build other images off of.
This image is based on the popular Alpine Linux project, available in the
alpine official image. Alpine Linux is much smaller than most distribution base images (~5MB), and thus leads to much slimmer images in general.
This variant is highly recommended when final image size being as small as possible is desired. The main caveat to note is that it does use musl libc instead of glibc and friends, so certain software might run into issues depending on the depth of their libc requirements. However, most software doesn’t have an issue with this, so this variant is usually a very safe choice. See this Hacker News comment thread for more discussion of the issues that might arise and some pro/con comparisons of using Alpine-based images.
To minimize image size, it’s uncommon for additional related tools (such as
bash) to be included in Alpine-based images. Using this image as a base, add the things you need in your own Dockerfile (see the
alpine image description for examples of how to install packages if you are unfamiliar).
View license information for the software contained in this image.
As with all Docker images, these likely also contain other software which may be under other licenses (such as Bash, etc from the base distribution, along with any direct or indirect dependencies of the primary software being contained).
Some additional license information which was able to be auto-detected might be found in the
As for any pre-built image usage, it is the image user’s responsibility to ensure that any use of this image complies with any relevant licenses for all software contained within.library, sample, irssi