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Net::IRC does not connect

by larsen (Parson)
on May 02, 2001 at 23:34 UTC ( #77481=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
larsen has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I'm trying to do some experiment with Net::IRC, but I have major problems. First of all, look at the beginning of the program I wrote:
#!/urs/bin/perl use strict; use Net::IRC; use LWP::Simple; use HTML::Parser; use Data::Dumper; my $bot = new Net::IRC; my $connection = $bot->newconn(Nick => 'HAL', Server => '', Port => '6667', Ircname => 'some name...', UserName => 'HAL' ) || die "Can't connect - $!\n"; # Add handlers here... $bot->start;

It's very similar to the beginning of irctest, the script that is provided with Net::IRC package. Despite of this fact, it does not work. irctest neither. They both give to me an error message:

Can't connect to! at /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.6.0/Net/ line 192
Can't connect - Bad file descriptor

So I tried to look into the code of the module. Line 192 of is the line that requests a new instance of Connection:

my $conn = Net::IRC::Connection->new($self, @_);

So I looked closer in the code... Here the code that fails (from

if (connect( $sock, sockaddr_in($self->port, inet_aton($self->server)) + )) { $self->socket($sock); } else { carp (sprintf "Can't connect to %s:%s!", $self->server, $self->por +t); $self->error(1); return; }
$self->port and $self->server are well defined, and $sock is created with the socket function, so it seems to me the problem is not in my code. Since I'm convinced that Net::IRC would work (I didn't have problem when I installed it from CPAN), I ask you if it may depend on my system configuration (I use RedHat Linux and Perl 5.6.0) and how could I solve the problem.

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Re: Net::IRC does not connect
by le (Friar) on May 02, 2001 at 23:47 UTC
    I had similar problems here, using Net::IRC version 0.7.

    After digging around a little in the code, I found that in Net::IRC::Connection, in the connect() sub,'s "gensym" method was used to create an anonymous glob, which then was turned into a socket (the code snippets you posted, plus a few more).

    A little above this code, I found a commented section of code, that uses IO::Socket to create a socket.
    $sock = IO::Socket::INET->new(PeerAddr => $self->server, PeerPort => $self->port, Proto => "tcp", );
    I took this code, commented out the rest, and voila - it worked. I have no idea, why the author of Net::IRC used the gensym() approach and not the IO::Socket way.

    Hope this helps.

    P.S.: In my firewall logs I found out, that when I used the original Net::IRC, the irctest scripts tried to connect to the IRC-server with a local address of - which of course can't work.
      I am facing the same problem with Net::IRC but I am not entirely sure what to comment out, could you please upload either the file or send it to me at

      Thanks in advance

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        Sorry that I didn't reply earlier.

        In Net::IRC::Connection, there's a connect() sub, that has this piece of code:
        # my $sock = IO::Socket::INET->new(PeerAddr => $self->server, # PeerPort => $self->port, # Proto => "tcp", # ); $sock = Symbol::gensym(); unless (socket( $sock, PF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, getprotobyname('tcp') + )) { carp ("Can't create a new socket: $!"); $self->error(1); return; }
        Uncomment the upper part and comment out the part below, it should work then.
        Thanks for your reply anyway

        But I made the switch to POE::Component::IRC

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Re: Net::IRC does not connect
by illitrit (Friar) on May 02, 2001 at 23:45 UTC
    I'm not familiar with Net::IRC however I am aware that it is no longer supported by it's author.

    The author suggests using POE::Component::IRC now.

    Hope this helps in the long run.

Re: Net::IRC does not connect
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on Feb 17, 2005 at 18:55 UTC
    (I didn't have problem when I installed it from CPAN)

    That's because none of the tests failed. Since about 30-50% of all distros on CPAN have, as their complete test suite, a file that basically goes:

    use Test::More 'no_plan'; use_ok( My::Module ); isa_ok( My::Module->new, 'My::Module' );

    That doesn't really test much, does it?

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