This following article will explain the significance and usage of the built-in relay chat of Telehack. In the second part you will find useful information on accessing users through the IRC, outside of the Telehack system.
Relay is a predecessor to IRC. It is based on the BITNET Relay, one of the early chat systems used on the internet. On Telehack, it provides a single channel of communication for all logged in (real) users. Users must of course be also running relay.
The /bg command is very useful for putting relay into background, so you may continue hacking hosts, playing adventure games, reading text files, and causing trouble. When /bg is used, chat messages appear in-line beginning with a % symbol. You can then re-enter relay by typing "relay" at any command prompt, or you can send a message without entering relay by typing "relay <message>" or "relay <command>"; Ctrl-R brings you back directly to relay as well.
|/bg||backgrounds relay; exit relay shell but continue to receive relay messages|
|/help||print this message|
|/ignore <x>||ignore user <x>|
|/log||show relay log|
|/logfull||show relay log with enters/exits|
|/me <x>||emote <x>|
|/status <x>||set status to <x>|
|/who||who's on relay|
Within the /log view use the following keys for jumping around the log:
|space||Scrolls one page of text|
|b||Scrolls back one page of text|
|k||Scrolls back one line of text|
|j||Scrolls forward one line of text|
|g||Jumps to top of the whole log|
|G||Jumps at the bottom of the whole log|
|q||Quits the log view|
Telehack has an in-official IRC channel as well, where you can also contact Telehack users, get help, or just be around. You can access the Telehack IRC at:
Port: 6667 (6697 for SSL)
Administrators are: art, arfonzo, norbert79