Question about IRC accounts

Daniel Atallah datallah at
Fri Feb 12 18:34:14 EST 2010

On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 18:24, Phil Adams <padamstx at> wrote:
> Ok, I'd be fine with changing my nickname for all channels under that
> server... it doesn't have to be specific to just that one channel.
> The reason that I would like to do this is that I'm "forced" to use a
> specific userid in order to gain access to the IRC server (it's a
> secure server internal to my company), and I would simply like others
> in the channels that I join to "see" me as someone else, a shorter id.
>   It's not a huge issue... just a minor annoyance :)

Aha.  That explains the strange request.
The simple answer is that there is no built-in way to do what you
want, but a plugin could pretty easily do it.

> BTW... I've tried to set an "override" username in the Advanced tab of
> the "Modify Account" dialog.   But that doesn't seem to work.  I'm not
> sure what that field is for, but my IRC server doesn't use it as my
> nickname in the channel.

That is something different, it is certainly confusing that there are
two fields labeled "Username" when modifying an IRC account.
The one in the "Advanced" section is, IIRC, intended to be information
about the username that you're logged into your machine with.
At any rate, it isn't useful to you.


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