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Configuring default ChatZilla preferences for Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
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Launching ChatZilla and preparing to set preferences
As noted in the previous article (#1 above), this is a procedure for setting some default preferences. These global default preferences are used for each new network and channel you visit. You can customize later the settings for an individual network or channel for which you don't want the defaults.
General - setting your IRC connection and nickname options:
DCC - disable Direct Client-to-Client file transfers:
When you use DCC, your communications with another person go directly from your computer to theirs and are not relayed through a network chat server. This is also known as peer-to-peer. You might find uses for this later, but if you are just starting out, it is best to disable this feature. It will prevent others from sending you files, which could contain viruses. You'll still be able to chat privately with another person, but the communication will be relayed through the chat server the way it normally is on a chat channel.
Nothing below this point is critical, and ChatZilla's default settings are fine if you are impatient to get started using the program.
Startup - things ChatZilla can do automatically when it launches:
Appearance - your preferences for the ChatZilla display screen:
Lists - command shortcuts, your Nicknames, "stalk" words:
Global, top half:
ChatZilla sound events:
Valid sound events are beep (which beeps) or a file URL referring to a file on your local computer. Use forward slashes instead of backslashes and replace all spaces with %20. Here is an example:
The Sound Events option lines starting with Channel: are options that apply when working in a channel window (as opposed to a network window or a private user-to-user chat window):
The Sound Events option lines starting with User: are options that apply only in a private chat window with another user:
Formatting - how ChatZilla should format text:
In Windows Explorer, I went to the "Log folder" (see General tab, above) where ChatZilla said it was storing my log files:
In Windows Explorer, that translates to:
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\randchars.default\chatzilla\logs
What I found was a lot of mysterious files without extensions, and entire folders were missing. Where were they?
Apparently, they are stored by Firefox using an indexing scheme that Windows Explorer can't decipher.
Instead, in Firefox (not ChatZilla) click File > Open (or Ctrl+O). Starting at My Computer, select C: and then navigate to the folder described above. You'll find your ChatZilla log files, neatly organized by network, channel, and date. You can open and view each file. If you want, you can copy the text and transfer it into a file somewhere else. You can also use this dialog box to delete files, with the same commands as in Windows Explorer.
Since this article was first written, there have been updates to both Firefox and ChatZilla that appear to have fixed this "missing log files" problem.
Now, when I navigate to the correct folder in Windows Explorer, I no longer see the mysterious file names. The folder contains plain text files with .log extensions, neatly organized by network, channel, and date. This makes managing the log files easier.
Help with ChatZilla and IRC chat
The ChatZilla Help page is at http://ChatZilla.hacksrus.com/faq/.
The best help with IRC chat is at http://irchelp.org/.
Forum questions and comments welcome.
Copyright ©2012 Steven Whitney. Last modified Sun 07/29/2012 10:53:15 -0700.