magic tunnel

if you want to use IRC to chat with your friends on breadpunk, but don't want to ssh in to the server every time, you can set up a magic tunnel.

all you have to do is run this command on your own computer:

ssh -N -L localhost:6667:localhost:6667 &

replacing user with your breadpunk username and the first 6667 with the port you want to listen on.

then, in your IRC client, create a new server with that port and connect to it. in weechat, you'd do this:

/server add breadpunk localhost/6667 -autoconnect
/connect breadpunk

further reading

this information is a shorter version of the text found on ~nick's page. breadw has also written a utility to make it easy to open tunnels, called mrgrctrnl.