new chat server issues

Case number:671076-2008146
Topic:Server
Opened by:LociOiling
Status:Open
Type:Question
Opened on:Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 19:02
Last modified:Friday, September 20, 2019 - 20:33

I had problems with "nick in use" errors trying to connect my external client (IceChat 9) to the new server as LociOilingIRC. The configuration I normally use with IceChat (IDENTIFY followed by autojoins at a decent interval) didn't seem to work.

I was able to connect using a scratch nickname, then manually issuing a GHOST command for LociOilingIRC. Even that technique doesn't seem to work every time, but I can then manually join the normal channels.

When I connect this way, LociOilingIRC is not op'ed in #veteran and #global.

My in-game nickname, LociOiling, is still connected to the old server, along with a number of others.

Somewhat strangely, LociOiling appears connected to the new server, and is even op'ed in #veteran and #global.

I'm putting off switching LociOiling to the new server for the time being, but obviously others have managed to make the transition.

Just for reference, here's the syntax of the GHOST command.

/msg NickServ  GHOST IRC_Nick IRC_key

where IRC_Nick and IRC_key are the values found on "My Page" on fold.it.

Be careful with this command, since you can expose your IRC key to the world if you get it wrong. IceChat has a console tab, which is probably a safer place than one of the channels. The leading slash (/) is part of the command, a primitive survivor from the days of punch cards and JCL.

(Thu, 09/19/2019 - 19:02  |  4 comments)


LociOiling's picture
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Joined: 12/27/2012
Groups: Beta Folders

We have this suggestion from the Foldit team:

[16:59]<rmorettiIRC> For those having issues with connecting with an external IRC client, 
check the port settings. 

Some of the "nonstandard" ports which used to work (such as 6665) no longer do. 

The "official" IRC port of 6667 should work.
LociOiling's picture
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My IceChat 9 setup already had port 6667, so that wasn't the issue.

With a few redactions, here's the logging information from the IceChat console window:

[19:33]-irc.fold.it- *** Attempting to connect to irc.fold.it (128.95.160.143) on port 6667
[19:33]-irc.fold.it- Sending User Registration Information
[19:33]--127.0.0.1-- *** Looking up your hostname...
[19:33]--127.0.0.1-- *** Found your hostname (12.30.45.60.xyzzy.net) -- cached
[19:33]--127.0.0.1-- Welcome to FolditChat!
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- Welcome to the FolditChat IRC Network LociOilingIRC!IceChat77@12.30.45.60.xyzzy.net
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- Your host is 127.0.0.1, running version InspIRCd-2.0
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- This server was created 23:44:00 Jun  6 2016
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- 127.0.0.1 InspIRCd-2.0 IRiorswx MRbiklmnoprstv bklov
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- AWAYLEN=200 CASEMAPPING=rfc1459 CHANMODES=b,k,l,MRimnprst CHANNELLEN=64 CHANTYPES=# 
CHARSET=ascii ELIST=MU EXTBAN=,RU FNC KICKLEN=255 MAP MAXBANS=60 MAXCHANNELS=20 :are supported by this
 server
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- MAXPARA=32 MAXTARGETS=20 MODES=20 NETWORK=FolditChat NICKLEN=31 PREFIX=(ov)@+ 
STATUSMSG=@+ TOPICLEN=307 VBANLIST WALLCHOPS WALLVOICES :are supported by this server
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- your unique ID DEADBEEF
[19:33]127.0.0.1 message of the day
[19:33]- 
[19:33]- Welcome to the Foldit IRC server!
[19:33]- All IRC users may join #global and #veteran automatically.
[19:33]- If you have a Foldit account, you can log in with that account using the IRC
[19:33]- Nick and Key shown on "My Page" on the website.
[19:33]- Type:
[19:33]- /nick yournickname
[19:33]- Then:
[19:33]- /msg NickServ IDENTIFY yourirckey
[19:33]- 
[19:33]- For more information or help with Foldit IRC, go to:
[19:33]- http://foldit.wikia.com/wiki/IRC_Chat#New_nickname_for_IRC_purposes
[19:33]- 
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- You have successfully connected to 127.0.0.1
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- Running AutoPerform command(s)...
[19:33]*NickServ* IDENTIFY (password_here)
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- Auto-joining Channels
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- There are 60 users and 0 invisible on 2 servers
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- There are 1 unknown connection
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- There are 12 channels formed
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- I have 53 clients and 1 servers
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- Current Local Users: 53  Max: 67
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- Current Global Users: 60  Max: 74
[19:33]-127.0.0.1- net-vlp.8u2.6llo7p.IP is now your displayed host
[19:33]* Your mode is now +x
[19:33]--NickServ-- This nickname is registered and protected.  If it is your
[19:33]--NickServ-- nick, type /msg NickServ IDENTIFY password.  Otherwise,
[19:33]--NickServ-- please choose a different nick.
[19:34]ERROR: OnReceivedData Exception Error:Unable to read data from the transport connection: 
A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, 
or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond.
[19:34]-127.0.0.1- *** Server disconnected on 127.0.0.1
[19:34]-irc.fold.it- Waiting 60 seconds to re-connect to irc.fold.it on port 6667

When IceChat attempts to reconnect, the server finds a cached entry, and decides my nickname
already in use. My nickname does not appear anywhere in client chat, however.

[19:35]-irc.fold.it- *** Server disconnected on irc.fold.it
[19:36]-irc.fold.it- *** Attempting to re-connect to irc.fold.it
[19:36]-irc.fold.it- *** Attempting to connect to irc.fold.it (128.95.160.143) on port 6667
[19:36]-irc.fold.it- Sending User Registration Information
[19:36]--127.0.0.1-- *** Looking up your hostname...
[19:36]--127.0.0.1-- *** Found your hostname (12.30.45.60.xyzzy.net) -- cached
[19:36]-127.0.0.1- Nickname is already in use.
[19:36]-127.0.0.1- Nickname is already in use.
[19:36]-127.0.0.1- Nick and Alt Nick both in use. Please choose a new nickname
[19:36]-127.0.0.1- (IceChat77@12.30.45.60.xyzzy.net) [Registration timeout]
[19:36]ERROR: Connection Lost
[19:36]-irc.fold.it- Waiting 60 seconds to re-connect to irc.fold.it on port 6667
[19:36]-irc.fold.it- *** Server disconnected on irc.fold.it

(edit: broke up long lines for the sake of formatting)

LociOiling's picture
User offline. Last seen 3 hours 44 min ago. Offline
Joined: 12/27/2012
Groups: Beta Folders

Some reports from the field.

There are still a dozen holdouts in the old chat,
including the mysterious Anna.

Susume reports that pidgin re-connected normally. She has NickServ set as a buddy,
and pidgin allows sending a message to a buddy when you go online, such as the IDENTIFY command.

Likewise, brick reports his mIRC setup worked without changes.

retiredmichael reports that his mibbit setup needed some tinkering, but he was able to connect.

Skippysk8s was able to connect using IceChat, but handling the IDENTIFY command and joins manually.

I'm online in IceChat, but my old setup with an "AutoPerform" of the IDENTIFY and "AutoJoin"
of the channels no longer works.

Joined: 09/21/2011
Groups: Void Crushers

Changed to the new 6667, but my IRC nick (TimovdL) was not recognized for my group (VoidCrushers) and ops. Also is not getting operator in veteran and global.

Found the cause: because the IRC url changes itself the autoconnect command on port 6667 was no longer sent. I added the autoconnect command to the IRC url without 6667 and everything was fine again. (using Chatzilla)

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