How to Survive a Xobot Uprising
xobot is an IRC bot who lives on the freenode network, and generally hangs out in #sugar, #olpc and #olpc-help.
Knab is written in Perl. You can get source at:
bzr branch http://dev.laptop.org/~morgan/knab
xobot is maintained by morgs.
Using xobot to communicate with others
You can ask xobot when someone was last seen in one of the channels where xobot was:
<morgs> xobot: seen marcopg <xobot> morgs: marcopg was last seen on #sugar 35 minutes and 11 seconds ago, saying: morgs: guess rob since he requested perms
You can ask xobot to give someone a message:
<morgs> xobot: tell jg please approve #1234 kthxbye <xobot> morgs: sure
When xobot sees that person say something, then:
<xobot> jg: by the way, morgs told me to tell you 'please approve #1234 kthxbye' 21 minutes and 2 seconds ago
You can teach xobot to respond to things. Here's an example:
<morgs> xobot: OLPC <xobot> morgs: huh? <morgs> xobot: OLPC is One Laptop Per Child <xobot> morgs: righto! <morgs> xobot: OLPC <xobot> morgs: OLPC is One Laptop Per Child
You can give multiple meanings:
<morgs> xobot: Chat <xobot> morgs: Chat is http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Chat <morgs> xobot: Chat is also maintained by morgs <xobot> morgs: okay
For more, see Spinach's documentation.
Using xobot for support purposes
Xobot is useful in supporting users. When you can identify a common user problem, have xobot give them the scoop.
<green-peacock-13> I am becoming very distressed by the line my activites make at the bottom of the screen. <colinz> Sounds like you should upgrade to the latest version! <colinz> xobot upgrade <xobot> The most reliable upgrade path the OLPC Support gang has found is described here: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/No-Fail_Upgrade <green-peakcock-13> Thanks I'll try that.
Support Gang updates Xobot with the latest instructions, so be sure to use him. To find out what Xobot knows, use his search function.
First get a private dialog with Xobot so you don't drive everyone else crazy:
/msg xobot lets chat
Then pick his brain
<colinz> xobot search battery <xobot> colinz: Found: ('is') battery recovery ; battery ; battery recover ; battery =+ and ; battery repair ; (showing 5 of 5 results) <colinz> xobot battery recovery <xobot> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/XO_LiFePO4_Recovery_Procedure <colinx> xobot battery <xobot> lithium ferrous phosphate oxide and lasts about 4 hours ...