Sunday, August 4, 2013

Grouping Channels In Weechat By Network

One of the things that's kept me from switching from Xchat to Weechat for IRC was that I couldn't keep my channels grouped together by network. Where I work we have internal IRC channels with the same name as public IRC channels, and it was confusing to look at the window and figure out which was internal or not.

Fortunately, I found a way to change that in Weechat and so have switched over to it exclusively. Here's how:

Install the buffers.pl plugin.

The buffers plugin lets you configure how the various buffers are displayed.

  /script install buffers.pl

Tell buffers.pl to show the IRC network name.

By default buffers.pl only shows the channel name (#name). To group channels together, you need to enable showing the fullly qualified channel name (network#name):

  /set buffers.look.short_names off

Sort channels by name and not numbers.

This groups the channels together by their server name. Otherwise they're grouped by the order in which they were opened. So if you open a channel in Freenode, say, after opening one in OFTC then the channel in Freenode will fall after OFTC and not get put with the other Freenode channels.

  /set buffers.look.sort name

That's it! Now your channels are grouped together by network.