[ubuntu-uk] IRC - does not connect

Stephen Hildrey steve at uptime.org.uk
Fri Aug 1 20:59:50 BST 2008

Mac wrote:
> Mac wrote:
>> I thought I'd have a go with IRC.  I've set up an account in 
>> Xchat-gnome, but it does not make the connection.  All I get is
>>   Looking up irc.ubuntu.com..
>>   Connecting to chat.freenode.net ( port 6667..
>> and then it just hangs.  I get the same thing with other channels;  and 
>> the same thing happens if I try using Pidgin.
> Sorry for double post, but it may help to know that I can do
>   ping chat.freenode.net
> PING chat.freenode.net ( 56(84) bytes of data.

(Note that chat.freenode.net has round-robin DNS and that the address 
your IRC client was trying to connect to is different to the one you 
ended up pinging. I don't expect this is part of the problem though.)

Does your ISP block port 6667? Can you connect to chat.freenode.net:6667 
(e.g. telnet chat.freenode.net 6667)?


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