Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable - extended simple IRC bot for pluggable modules
# with all defaults.
my $bot = Bot::BasicBot->new();
# with useful options. pass any option
# that's valid for Bot::BasicBot.
my $bot = Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable->new(
channels => ["#bottest"],
server => "irc.example.com",
port => "6667",
nick => "pluggabot",
altnicks => ["pbot", "pluggable"],
username => "bot",
name => "Yet Another Pluggable Bot",
ignore_list => [qw(hitherto blech muttley)],
There's a shell script installed to run the bot.
$ bot-basicbot-pluggable --nick MyBot --server irc.perl.org
Then connect to the IRC server, /query the bot, and set a password. See
Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable::Module::Auth for further details.
There are two useful ways to create a Pluggable bot. The simple way is:
# Load some useful modules.
my $infobot_module = $bot->load("Infobot");
my $google_module = $bot->load("Google");
my $seen_module = $bot->load("Seen");
# Set the Google key (see http://www.google.com/apis/).
$google_module->set("google_key", "some google key");
The above lets you run a bot with a few modules, but not change those modules
during the run of the bot. The complex, but more flexible, way is as follows:
# Load the Loader module.
# run the bot.
This is simpler but needs further setup once the bot is joined to a server. The
Loader module lets you talk to the bot in-channel and tell it to load and
unload other modules. The first one you'll want to load is the 'Auth' module,
so that other people can't load and unload modules without permission. Then
you'll need to log in as an admin and change the default password, per the
!auth admin julia
!password julia new_password
!auth admin new_password
Once you've done this, your bot is safe from other IRC users, and you can tell
it to load and unload other installed modules at any time. Further information
on module loading is in Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable::Module::Loader.
The Join module lets you tell the bot to join and leave channels:
<botname>, join #mychannel
<botname>, leave #someotherchannel
The perldoc pages for the various modules will list other commands.
Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable started as Yet Another Infobot replacement, but now is
a generalised framework for writing infobot-type bots that lets you keep each
specific function separate. You can have separate modules for factoid
tracking, 'seen' status, karma, googling, etc. Included default modules are
below. Use "perldoc Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable::Module::<module
name"> for help on their individual terminology.
Auth - user authentication and admin access.
DNS - host lookup (e.g. nslookup and dns).
Google - search Google for things.
Infobot - handles infobot-style factoids.
Join - joins and leaves channels.
Karma - tracks the popularity of things.
Loader - loads and unloads modules as bot commands.
Seen - tells you when people were last seen.
Title - gets the title of URLs mentioned in channel.
Vars - changes module variables.
The way the Pluggable bot works is very simple. You create a new bot object and
tell it to load various modules (or, alternatively, load just the Loader
module and then interactively load modules via an IRC /query). The modules
receive events when the bot sees things happen and can, in turn, respond. See
"perldoc Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable::Module" for the details of the
- new(key => value, ...)
- Create a new Bot. Except of the additional attributes
loglevel and logconfig identical to the "new" method in
Bot::BasicBot. Please refer to their accessor for documentation.
- Load a module for the bot by name from
"./ModuleName.pm" or "./modules/ModuleName.pm" in that
order if one of these files exist, and falling back to
"Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable::Module::$module" if not.
- Reload the module $module - equivalent to unloading it (if
it's already loaded) and reloading it. Will stomp the old module's
namespace - warnings are expected here. Not totally clean - if you're
experiencing odd bugs, restart the bot if possible. Works for minor bug
- Removes a module from the bot. It won't get events any
- Returns the handler object for the loaded module $module.
Used, e.g., to get the 'Auth' handler to check if a given user is
- Returns a list of the names of all loaded modules as an
- Returns a list of all available modules whether loaded or
- add_handler($handler_object, $handler_name)
- Adds a handler object with the given name to the queue of
modules. There is no order specified internally, so adding a module
earlier does not guarantee it'll get called first. Names must be
- Remove a handler with the given name.
- Returns the bot's object store; see
- Logs all of its argument to loglevel info. Please do not
use this function in new code, it's simple provided as fallback for old
- Returns the bots loglevel or sets it if an argument is
supplied. It expects trace, debug, info, warn, error or fatal as
- Returns the bot configuration file for logging. Please
refer to Log::Log4perl::Config for the configurations files format.
Setting this to a different file after calling init() has no
Returns or set
- dispatch($method_name, $method_params)
- Call the named $method on every loaded module with that
- Returns help for the ModuleName of message 'help
ModuleName'. If no message has been passed, return a list of all possible
handlers to return help for.
- Runs the bot. POE core gets control at this point; you're
unlikely to get it back.
During the "make", "make test", "make install"
process, POE will moan about its kernel not being run. This is a
"Bot::BasicBot problem", apparently. Reloading a module causes
warnings as the old module gets its namespace stomped. Not a lot you can do
about that. All modules must be in Bot::Pluggable::Module:: namespace. Well,
that's not really a bug.
Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable is based on POE, and really needs the latest version.
Because POE is like that sometimes. You also need POE::Component::IRC. Oh, and
Bot::BasicBot. Some of the modules will need more modules, e.g. Google.pm
needs Net::Google. See the module docs for more details.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the same terms as Perl itself.
David Precious (BIGPRESH) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am merely the current maintainer; however, the AUTHOR heading is traditional.
- Mario Domgoergen <email@example.com>
- Tom Insam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- David Precious <email@example.com>
- Mike Eldridge <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bot::BasicBot was written initially by Mark Fowler, and worked on heavily by
Simon Kent, who was kind enough to apply some patches we needed for Pluggable.
Eventually. Oh, yeah, and I stole huge chunks of docs from the Bot::BasicBot
source too. I spent a lot of time in the mozbot code, and that has influenced
my ideas for Pluggable. Mostly to get round its awfulness.
Various people helped with modules. Convert was almost ported from the infobot
code by blech. But not quite. Thanks for trying... blech has also put a lot of
effort into the chump.cgi & chump.tem files in the examples/ folder,
including some /inspired/ calendar evilness.
And thanks to the rest of #2lmc who were my unwilling guinea pigs during
development. And who kept suggesting totally stupid ideas for modules that I
then felt compelled to go implement. Shout.pm owes its existence to #2lmc.
Thanks to Mike Eldridge (DIZ), maintainer until 2016, for kindly transferring
maintainership to me, BIGPRESH, so I can keep this useful bot framework alive.
- Infobot: http://www.infobot.org/
- Mozbot: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/mozbot/