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Setting up an Eggdrop

Setting up a Botnet

1. TCL in General
2. Project: Talk Back

Introduction to TCL

A Brief History

TCL (Tool Command Language) was written by John Ousterhout, and presented to the computing community in 1990. It is a general purpose language, available for several platforms, and is used in a wide variety of applications, two of the more recent being an implementation within eggdrop bots, and a plug-in for web browsers such as Netscape.

In 1991, he then presented a package called TK, which is a graphical toolkit add-on to TCL. Since TK is not part of the implementation of TCL in eggdrop bots, these notes will say no more about TK (however, it is part of the TCL plug-in for Netscape).

When Robey Pointer included TCL as part of his eggdrop bot creation, he also extended the TCL to include bot-specific functions. As a result, we will occasionally refer to 'pure' TCL as opposed to that extension.


Here are some places to obtain information about pure TCL and its eggdrop extension:

  • These notes, of course:)
  • In the menu, click on Downloads; there you will find the file tcl-commands.doc which is an exhaustive reference on the eggdrop extension of TCL
  • Scriptics - full reference manual on pure TCL
  • The book "TCL/TK in a Nutshell", by Paul Raines and Jeff Tranter, published by O'Reilly and Associates, Inc., 1999, 440 pages, including index, ISBN: 1-56592-433-9
  • The book "TCL/TK Pocket Reference", by Paul Raines, published by O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. 1998, 90 pages, including index, ISBN: 1-56592-498-3

About These Notes

Given the existence of the resources cited above, there isnt much point in yet another set of notes designed to walk people through the language syntax, etc. Consequently, these notes will take more of a project approach. We will use TCL to write real scripts, introducing only those parts of the language that are needed as we go along. The hope is that this will confine the reader's attention to the most important parts of TCL, first, and provide a thorough understanding of the little bit covered here, rather than a superficial understanding of a lot.


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