Joining some IRC channels was something that I wanted to do for a long time. But just using a regular client on my laptop does not work, because IRC does not store messages for later delivery. Since my Laptop is often not connected to the IRC server for various reasons I had to find a workaround for that. So I gave the Weechat + tmux + ssh setup a try.
I started with a debian VM that is online 24/7. Then I installed Weechat and tmux:
apt install weechat-curses weechat-plugins tmux
Now I needed a user to log in as via SSH and to run Weechat. After that lingering has to be enabled so that the user is allowed to run systemd user services while not being logged in.
loginctl enable-linger $USERNAME
The systemd service is basically copied from the Arch Linux Wiki and looks like this:
[Unit] Description=A WeeChat client and relay service using Tmux After=network.target [Service] Type=forking RemainAfterExit=yes ExecStart=/usr/bin/tmux -L weechat new -d -s weechat weechat ExecStop=/usr/bin/tmux -L weechat kill-session -t weechat [Install] WantedBy=default.target
This unit file is stored as
The important part is the
tmux -L weechat in the commands in the unit file. For reasons explained further in the Arch Linux wiki article the way systemd starts services would kill the tmux session in which weechat is started after startup. With
-L weechat a socket called
weechat is used instead of default one which is not impacted by the systemd behavior.
To enable and start the service use
systemctl --user enable weechat.service systemctl --user start weechat.service
There should now be a tmux sesson with Weechat inside.
Connecting to it is possible via
tmux -L weechat attach To make sure that systemd works as intended reboot the VM and check again.
After that some work has to be done to make it easier to access the tmux session. I started with a script like this on the server:
#!/bin/bash tmux -L weechat attach
/usr/local/bin/weechat-connect so I dont have to type in the long tmux command every time.
Then I wanted to start this as if was a regular programm on my laptop. So I made a script
alacritty -e ssh -t <USERNAME>@<SERVER> weechat-connect
and put it somewhere in my path.
alacritty is my terminal emulator, if you use something else just use it. The
-e is just the "run this command" option. I hope that every terminal emulator has a similar option, just pick the right one.
weechat on my laptop attaches me to the WeeChat running in the tmux session via SSH. Since the SSH connection might die every now and then I might switch to
mosh instead of ssh in the future.