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  * Updated the Services plugin such that it will not spam GHOST
  commands faster than once every 60 seconds (or as set by
  * Updated the Seen plugin so that performing seen with a leading
  wildcard will not result in duplicate nicks in the response.
  * Updated RSS to handle the feed's advertised character encoding in
  more of its commands.
  * Updated "Channel.ban list" to show how long until the ban expires.
  * Fixed the bug where addressed karma adjustments would cause the bot
  to crash.
  * Fixed Alias.lock and Alias.unlock to work properly now that the
  alias functions are no longer attributes of the Alias plugin.
  * Fixed a Windows-specific NameError in
  * Fixed to actually perform the string substitution of the
  given config name.
  * Replace Twisted with Socket as the default network driver.
  * Added an --ssl option to Network.connect.
  * Added a question about SSL network connections in supybot-wizard.
  * Added recognition of UnrealIRCd's protected users and channelowners
  as ops.
  * Updated URL.last to perform a case-insensitive search.
  * Updated the Author class so it performs the email munging.  This
  prevents munging occurring for punctuation in a person's name.
  * Updated ircutils' color handling to specify a default foreground
  color of white if only a background color is specified.
  * Updated registry.StringWithSpaceOnRight to accept the empty string.
  * Updated registry.StringSurroundedBySpaces to be a single space if
  given an empty string.
  * Updated utils.str.format to recognize digits before the '.' in %f
  * Stop explicitly setting a umask.  Instead we'll just obey the user's
  2005-09-01  James Vega <>
  * Version 0.83.1!
  * Fixed a bug in Owner where plugins would not be automatically loaded
  unless the bot was connected to more than one network.
  2005-08-30  James Vega <>
  * Version 0.83.0!
  * Updated the Services plugin to realize it is identified when
  NickServ says that the bot is already identified.
  * Updated Network.whois so that +s channels are only returned when in
  that channel.
  * Updated to retrieve the proper information from
  rssparser's results.
  * Updated the RSS plugin to encode the headlines in the proper
  charset, if the feed specifies an encoding.
  * Fixed a bug in Todo.todo when negative priorities are used.
  * Fixed a bug in Web where the entire title was not correctly parsed
  from the web page.
  * Fixed a bug in Web where the title was correctly parsed, but a later
  parsing problem caused the command to not reply with the title.
  * Fixed a bug in Misc.last where the last message in a channel was
  skipped when the command was not called in that channel.
  * Fixed a bug in Channel.ban remove and Channel.ignore remove when
  there were no bans or ignores.
  * Fixed a bug in User.hostmask list when there are no registered
  * Changed the prefixName keyword argument to prefixNick.
  * Updated the socket handling to properly detect when an IPV6
  connection should be made.
  * Updated irclib to handle IRCds (like IRCNet) which send a
  MAXLIST-style value for the MAXBAN 005 key.
  * Updated the plugin loading to happen during __init__ instead of when
  receiving the 001 message.  This allows the bot to connect to networks
  that require a CTCP response on connect.
  * Updated the SIGHUP handler to reload the ignoresdb.
  * Fixed a bug in ircutils.isNick so that it no longer allows nicks to
  start with a hyphen.
  * Fixed a bug in the first spec which would cause an error to be
  raised if the first converter failed.
  2005-05-30 James Vega <>
  * Version 0.83.0rc3!
  * Updated Topic such that it can undo the first topic change performed
  in a channel.
  * Removed -O and -OO options for scripts/supybot.
  * Removed password hashing options for scripts/supybot-adduser.
  * Fixed a bug where RSS.remove wasn't removing the feed from
  * Fixed a bug in Topic.set where setting the first topic would change
  the entire topic.
  * Fixed an AttributeError in the Ctcp plugin.
  * Fixed a problem where Supybot would attempt to connect to a network
  it was already connected to.
  * Fixed a problem where a command with the same name as its plugin had
  to be invoked as "plugin command".
  * Fixed an exception when irc.reply was called with a non-string
  * Fixed an ImportError in Twisted driver when OpenSSL wasn't
  * Updated Socket driver to fix some longstanding issues.
  * Added supybot.drivers.maxReconnectWait, which determines the maximum
  amount of time the bot will wait before attempting to reconnect to an
  IRC server.
  * Added utils.python.Synchronized metaclass to ensure synchronized
  access to class methods.
  * Moved utils.changeFunctionName to utils.python.changeFunctionName.
  2005-05-12 James Vega <>
  * Version 0.83.0rc2!
  * Added News, Unix, and Insult plugins which were missing in the
  previous RC.
  * Updated Misc.list to show the full configuration variable name when
  the plugin has no commands.
  * Fixed an HtmlParseError exception in Web's title command and
  * Fixed an ImportError exception when calling Todo.todo with no
  * Fixed a bug where Channel.{enable,disable} would throw an exception
  if only a command names was specified.
  * Added utils.str.ordinal (patch from genjamin AT gmail DOT com).
  2005-05-02 James Vega <>
  * Version 0.83.0rc1!
  * Added supybot-botchk script.  This script can be run from a
  cron job to make sure your Supybot restarts when the computer it
  runs on is rebooted, and can make sure the bot restarts if it
  ever crashes (which it shouldn't).  It also allows restarting the
  bot without shelling out to the box it runs on; if you quit the
  bot, it'll automatically restart.
  * Added supybot-plugin-doc script, which generates documentation for a
  * Added SSL server support for the Twisted driver.
  * Added Web plugin, which contains most of the commands that were
  in the (formerly included) Http plugin.
  * Added Reply plugin, which contains several commands that were
  in the Misc and Utilities plugins.
  * Added Games plugin, which contains several commands that were
  in the (formerly included) Fun plugin.
  * Added String plugin, which contains several commands that were
  also in the formerly included Fun plugin.
  * Added, which adds a new topic to the end of the
  channel topic, removing topics at the beginning as necessary to
  squeeze the new topic in.
  * Added Seen.any, which reports the last time a person was seen
  at all, rather than just the last time a person said something in
  * Added Web.fetch, which replies with the text of the given URL.
  This might be useful in combination with command,
  for pseudo-parsing URLs within aliases.
  * Added to retrieve the next unread note (patch from Sune
  Foldager.  Come back, Sune!).
  * Updated User.capabilities always to respond in private (for
  owner users) and to prevent non-owner-users from retrieving other
  user's capabilities.
  * Updated Relay.{join,part} so they require the admin capability.
  * Updated Plugin.contributors to pull author/contributor information
  from the plugin in addition to the authors already hard-coded in
  * Added conf.supybot.protocols.irc.queuing.rateLimit.join to throttle
  how fast Supybot joins channels.
  * Added conf.supybot.plugins.Herald.requireCapability, which specifies
  the capability a user needs to affect another user's herald.
  * Added conf.supybot.plugins.ShrinkUrl.bold, which specifies whether
  the plugin should use bold in its responses.
  * Renamed conf.supybot.plugins.Herald.throttleTime to
  * Renamed conf.supybot.plugins.Herald.throttleTimeAfterPart to
  * Renamed the general log file (misc.log) to messages.log.
  * Renamed Google.metagoogle to Google.meta.
  * Renamed conf.supybot.protocols.irc.queueDuplicateMessages to
  * Updated Alias.add so that alias names can coincide with plugin names.
  * Added netsplit throttling to Herald.  Now if only we could do
  that to Relay...
  * Changed Todo's db format to a single flatfile db per user.
  * Fixed a bug where the nickInChannel converter would add the channel
  to the args list.
  * Fixed some exceptions in RSS.
  * Fixed a problem with RSS not properly escaping feed names.
  * Fixed supybot.utils.str parsing of regular expression separators
  other than / (patch from gcbirzan).
  * Fixed Owner.enable so that commands can actually be re-enabled.
  * Fixed Bug 1190350, incorrect extraction of a website's title.
  * Added various functions to supybot.utils.file (touch, writeLine,
  readLines, chunks).
  * Renamed the 'regexps' attribute in callbacks.PluginRegexp
  (formerly callbacks.PrivmsgCommandAndRegexp) to unaddressedRegexps
  to callbacks.PluginRegexp so as to complement addressedRegexps.
  * Removed the extra argument to utils.str.pluralize which specified
  whether or not to pluralize the string.
  * Changed the order of the arguments to utils.str.nItems.
  2005-01-16 James Vega <>
  * Version 0.80.0!
  * Updated Babelfish to include Dutch, Greek, Russian, and traditional
  Chinese as supported languages.
  * Updated RSS.rss to obey supybot.reply.oneToOne.
  * Updated to specify which registry value has an improper
  * Fixed a bug in, the "Current bid" regexp needed to be
  2005-01-12 James Vega <>
  * Version 0.80.0rc3!
  * Updated the Geekquote snarfer to snarf' links.
  * Fixed a bug in Infobot, mis-typed registry value.
  * Fixed Network.connect to actually use the supplied password.
  * Fixed supybot.databases.plugins.channelSpecific.getChannelLink()
  to return the proper channel link instead of returning the given
  2005-01-11 James Vega <>
  * Version 0.80.0rc2!
  * Implemented Observer.remove, which disables and removes the observer
  from all channels.
  * Added to determine
  whether a channel allows other channels to link to its database.
  * Added supybot.plugins.BadWords.stripFormatting, which determines
  whether the bot will strip any formatting before filtering bad words.
  * Added supybot.plugins.Markov.ignoreBotCommands, which determines
  whether the Markov plugin will learn commands given to the bot.
  * Added a Network.driver command, which reports the current driver
  being used.
  * Added an Infobot.update command, which allows the user to import an
  existing Infobot factpack.
  * Added a Topic.replace command, which replaces the given topic with a
  new topic.
  * Added a command, which allows the user to search for
  notes they have sent or received.
  * Added supybot.databases.channelSpecific.getChannelLink(), which
  returns a channel based on how channels link to each other.
  * Added supybot.plugins.Channel.banmask which specifies the default
  method of generating Channel.kban's banmask.
  * Renamed to
  * Updated RSS.announce such that it adds the arguments to the current
  list of announced feeds instead of overwriting the current list.
  * Update the Google groupsSnarfer to work with Google's beta groups
  * Updated Network.disconnect to announce that the disconnection
  attempt has started.
  * Updated Debian.bug to handle website changes.
  * Updated Observer.{add,remove} to require the Admin capability.
  * Updated Infobot so that it actually works reasonably well; removed
  the deprecation.
  * Updated Sourceforge to handle changes in the website.
  * Updated UrbanDict to handle changes in the website.
  * Updated plugins.getChannel and plugins.makeChannelFilename to
  properly handle the new channelSpecific database setup.
  * Fixed a bug with ShrinkUrl.ln; the url needed to be urlquoted before
  being passed off to
  * Fixed some database conversion bugs in
  * Fixed a bug in socketDrivers where reconnection attempts would
  always occur immediately, thus continually blocking the bot.
  * Fixed an exception in registry.OnlySomeString's error method;
  the parent method doesn't accept an argument.
  * Fixed a bug in RSS where announcing the same feed in multiple
  channels would cause improper displaying of the new feeds.
  2004-12-22 Jeremy Fincher <>
  * Version 0.80.0pre6!
  * Added a Topic.separator command, which replaces the current
  separator with a new separator, changing the topic to reflect the
  * Changed the supybot.user configuration variable so that if it
  isn't configured, the user will stay up-to-date with the current
  version of the bot.  To take advantage of this, set your
  supybot.user configuration variable to ""
  * Removed the supybot.databases.users.hash configuration
  variable, so all bots hash by default.
  * Fixed a bug with AutoMode's auto-banning feature; a variable
  was misspelled.
  * Fixed a bug with ChannelValues picking up children that aren't
  * Fixed Misc.apropos not to be case-sensitive.
  * Fixed bug in User.register; it works now.
  2004-12-20 Jeremy Fincher <>
  * Version 0.80.0pre5!
  * Added a "shuffle" command to the Utilities plugin, which
  shuffles its arguments.  Useful in combination with
  Utilities.last, which returns the last argument it's given, in
  combination with Utilities.apply, in order to pick a random
  string (think aliases).
  * Added supybot.plugins.Relay.noticeNonPrivmsgs, for making the
  relay plugin use NOTICEs rather than PRIVMSGs to relay
  non-PRIVMSG messages to a channel.  This often affects tab
  coloring in IRC clients and thus makes it so that relay messages
  color the tabs like the actual messages would have.
  * Numerous bug fixes.  Many, many bugs fixed.  Oodles and oodles
  of bugs have been fixed.  Myriad bugs fixed.  Get the idea? :)
  2004-12-17 James Vega <>
  * Version 0.80.0pre4!
  * is now a
  channelValue so that individual channels can decide to link their
  * Deprecated asyncoreDrivers.  Use twistedDrivers or socketDrivers
  * Moved {eval,exec} from to in the sandbox.
  * Numerous bug fixes.
  2004-09-30 Jeremy Fincher <>
  * Version 0.80.0pre3!
  * Deprecated FunDB, added two new plugins, Lart and Praise, to
  handle the same features individually for larts and praises.
  There is a script in tools/ that will convert from a FunDB to a
  lart or praise database.
  * Deprecated the Infobot plugin, in expectation of a rewrite.
  * Deprecated the Quotes plugin, since we don't know anyone who
  seriously uses it.  Let us know if you do use it, because it may
  be removed in a future version.
  * Added Karma.{dump,load} for dumping and subsequently loading
  the Karma database.
  * Changed the News database implementation to a flatfile
  * Removed the tinyurl shrinking code from the URL plugin and put
  it in the ShrinkUrl plugin, and added the ability to use
  as different URL shrinker as well.
  * Added an outFilter to the ShrinkUrl plugin that will shrink any
  outgoing URL that is longer than the minimum length.
  * Added a Freenode plugin as proof-of-concept; the bot can now
  use CAPAB IDENTIFY-MSG to ignore users that aren't identified.
  * Added the ability for the Seen plugin to match nicks with
  * Added a showLinks configuration option to the RSS plugin to
  show links during announcements (and another such variable for
  * Added the spellit, hebrew, and shrink filters to the Filter
  * Added the ability to log to separate directories to
  * Added the option to Lookup.add to add lookups that don't reply
  with the key.
  * Added "at" and "until" commands to the Time plugin; they're not
  perfect, and they don't parse nearly enough times, but they're
  somewhat tolerable for now.
  * Added a Sourceforge.stats command.
  * Added single-letter commands to the Words plugin when a hangman
  game is active.
  * Added supybot.plugins.Services.disabledNetworks, to disable the
  Services plugin specific networks.
  * Added supybot.protocols.irc.vhost, for binding to a vhost
  before connecting.
  * Added supybot.reply.format.time.elapsed.short, offering now a
  "short" formatting for elapsed times.
  * Added supybot.commands.quotes, for configuring which quotes can
  be used to quote arguments to commands.
  * Added,
  specifying the "default channel" for non-channel-specific
  databases to use.
  * Moved the supybot.humanTimestampFormat configuration variable
  to supybot.reply.format.time.
  * Added a configuration variable determining the maximum length
  of replies internally, so they can't suck up as much CPU as they
  would otherwise.
  * Added a configuration variable determining the maximum nesting
  depth allowed, so exceedingly nested commands will be stopped
  before they're executed.
  * Added configuration variables concerning the formats used by
  the central and plugin logging facilities.
  * Added a configuration variable determining the quote characters
  used by the bot to quote literal strings.
  * Added support for line-wrapping the registry configuration
  * Moved supybot.reply.{brackets,pipeSyntax} to
  * Fixed a longstanding bug with the bot "forgetting"
  channel-specific configuration variables if they weren't
  exercised during the duration of the bot's uptime.
  * Fixed renames so they're finally persistent.
  * Fixed a bug having to do with Note and unsent notes.
  * Fixed several bugs in the interaction of Infobot with other
  * Added commands.wrap, the new method for wrapping commands and
  handling type validation errors consistently throughout the bot.
  * Upgraded many of the outside projects we include to their
  newest versions.
  2004-09-17 James Vega <>
  * Version 0.80.0pre2!
  * Added supybot.plugins.Google.colorfulSnarfer, which determines
  whether the word 'google' in the bot's output will be made colorful
  (like Google's logo).
  * Added the Time plugin, to hold all of our Time related commands.
  * Added max() and min() to Math.calc.
  * Added, which allows the Owner to retrieve the pid of the
  bot's process.
  * Added supybot.plugins.Sourceforge.enableSpecificTrackerCommands,
  which enables the rfe, bug, and patch commands.
  * Added Topic.topic, which returns the current topic of the channel.
  * Updated conf.Databases to use a more sane database ordering and
  include anydbm.
  * Updated various plugins to use our new-style database abstraction.
  Plugin databases using this new-style will be named Plugin.dbtype.db.
  2004-09-12 Jeremy Fincher <>
  * Version 0.80.0pre1!
  * Added the facility to supporting several different database
  implementations in a plugin, allowing the user to specify which
  databases are supported as well as in what order of preference.
  * Added the Insult plugin, for colorful, creative insults.
  * Added the UrbanDict plugin, for defining words based on
  * Added the Observer plugin, for watching a channel for regexps
  and running commands when the bot sees such regexps.
  * Moved Http.geekquote to a new Geekquote plugin, added a command
  for using, and added a snarfer.
  * Added a SuperIgnore plugin, a good example of an inFilter and a
  way to completely, totally ignore people.
  * Changed the name of the Network plugin to Internet.
  * Added a new Network plugin, and moved some commands from Owner,
  Misc, and Relay to it.
  * Added CTCP flood protection.
  * Added a supybot.plugins.Karma.allowUnaddressedKarma
  configuration variable, for allowing karma increments/decrements
  similar to Infobot.
  * Added supybot.reply.whenAddressedBy.nicks, to allow users to
  specify a list of nicks to which the bot will respond as if they
  were its own nick.
  * Added the ability to support multiple-word karma
  * Changed Owner.rename to be handled persistently; now renames
  work across restarts of the bot or reloads of a plugin.
  * Changed Misc.last to include a timestamp for when the message
  was sent.
  * Added the Channel.alert command, to send all currently
  connected ops on a channel a message.
  * Changed the MoobotFactoids plugin to allow commands to be
  nested in factoids definitions and searches.
  * Removed the futurama command in favor of adding a
  futurama.supyfact file to supybot-data.
  * Improved the Http.kernel command, showing more kernel types.
  * Added a new contributors command and a way of storing
  contributors and their contributions in a plugin.
  * Changed the name of Anonymous.action to, to be
  more consistent with "say" and other bots (MozBot, iirc).
  * Added the ability for channel bans and ignores and global
  ignores to have expiration times.
  * Added invalid command flood protection.
  * Changed RSS' headlines output to bold the separators in order
  to make it easier to distinguish the headlines.
  * Added a --no-network option to supybot-wizard.
  * Added several attributes to IrcMsg objects as they pass through
  the bot; currently we tag them with receivedAt, receivedBy, and
  * Added RichReplyMethods.errorInvalid, a nice helper method for
  sending errors about invalid values.
  * Changed the --nonetwork and --noplugins options to test/
  to --no-network and --no-plugins.
  * Changed plugins.makeChannelFilename, swapping the order of the
  channel and filename arguments and making the channel optional.
  * Changed the first argument to callbacks.Privmsg.callCommand to
  be a name rather than a method, for greater justice.
  * Added a new mechanism for ordering plugins (subclasses of
  callbacks.Privmsg) which is much more flexible than a simple
  priority system.
  2004-09-06 James Vega <>
  * Version 0.79.9999!
  * Added stripFormatting option to ChannelLogger plugin, which
  determines whether non-printable formatting characters are logged.
  * Added Sourceforge.patches command to complement the current bugs
  and rfes commands.
  * Added abs() to Math.calc.
  * Improved the interface for Config.list. Now groups and values
  are listed, with groups being denoted by a leading .
  * Improved Config.config such that the user can specify the entire
  config variable name (conf.supybot....).
  * Fixed a bug where ChannelLogger wouldn't log ignored nicks.
  * Fixed an incorrect path in INSTALL.
  * Fixed some missing imports in Unix's configure method.
  * Fixed a bug where an owner could publically retrieve a private
  configuration variable.
  * Fixed an exception when trying to remove non-existent Heralds.
  * Fixed an exception in RSS.getHeadlines.
  * Fixed a couple bugs in Poll, when retrieving the Poll id.
  * Fixed a problem with trying to use socket.inet_pton under
  Windows; Python doesn't build their Win32 port with IPV6 support,
  so we have to brute-force IPV6 detection.
  * Fixed a few bugs with how Infobot handled the SQLite db.
  * Fixed others/ so that liter-based units are
  properly capitalized (L not l) and use 1000 as the conversion rate
  for MB, KB, etc. since MiB, KiB, etc. are also known units.
  * Fixed a bug where Infobot would confirm an unaddressed factoid
  * Fixed a problem where Google.stats didn't keep track of all
  2004-08-31 Jeremy Fincher <>
  * Version 0.79.999!
  * Added the ability to send long fortunes line-by-line rather
  than all in one (or several) messages; it will do this if
  supybot.reply.oneToOne is set to False.
  * Added many configuration variables to the Unix plugin, allowing
  configurable commands and options to those commands.
  * Changed the output of Config.list to show groups with a
  preceding , rather than use the --groups option.
  * Changed the Google.stats (formerly command to be
  persistent, using the registry to record old values for the
  number of searches made and the number of seconds Google has
  spent searching for the bot.
  * Added module __revision__ logging to our exception logs, for
  more information in bug reports.
  * Fixed a bug with asyncoreDrivers' handling of reconnects; it
  would not reconnect when commanded to if it had reconnected
  * Fixed several bugs where the bot was testing nicks for
  equivalence without first normalizing them, leading to some false
  * Fixed a bug with the handling of
  supybot.reply.withNoticeWhenPrivate so all private messages
  really are replied to with a notice.
  * Fixed Http.geekquote to match the current layout.
  Also, made sure all ids are valid ids before requesting a quote
  (apparently is returning a certain quote for all invalid
  * Fixed a bad regular expression in the Ebay plugin which could
  cause the bot to suck up 100% CPU for a signficant (perhaps
  practically infinite) amount of time.
  * Fixed a bug where the bot would sometimes reconnect to a
  network after being told to disconnect.
  * Fixed an uncaught exception in Owner.connect when the user
  forgets the network name
  2004-08-30  Jeremy Fincher  <>
  * Version 0.79.99!  We're getting asymptotically closer to
  * Added Anonymous.action, to anonymously perform actions in a
  specified channel.
  * Added a Karma.clear, so channel ops can clear the karma for a
  given name.
  * Added a Topic.redo, to redo the last undo.
  * Added supybot.protocols.irc.umodes, to allow the bot to set
  user modes upon connecting to a network.
  * Fixed numerous bugs involved with disconnecting, reconnecting,
  and using multiple networks.
  * Fixed a bug that would prevent the bot from quitting except via
  multiple Ctrl-Cs.
  * Fixed some mis-interaction between the Karma plugin and the
  Infobot plugin.
  * Fixed RSS's announcements.
  * Fixed bug in Later whereby no more than one message could be
  queued for a nick.
  * Fixed Services.configure, as well as several bugs in Services
  which sometimes prevented the bot from identifying.
  * Fixed bugs in the Poll module that caused the list and poll
  commands not to work.
  * Fixed the ebay snarfer.
  * Fixed exception raised by some CTCP messages when the URL
  plugin was loaded.
  * Fixed Debian.version.
  * Fixed Amazon's use of unicode.
  2004-08-27  Jeremy Fincher  <>
  * Version 0.79.9!
  * Added Infobot, a plugin to emulate Infobot.
  * Added Anonymous, a plugin for anonymously saying things to a
  * Added Tail, a plugin which will tail logfiles and send the
  new lines to a configurable list of targets.
  * Added NickCapture, a plugin which tries to recapture a nick
  that's being used by someone else, both by watching for QUITs
  with that nick and by checking via ISON for that nick.
  * Changed the behavior of "seen" with the --user switch instead to
  be a separated command, Seen.user.
  * Changed the behavior of "seen" with no arguments instead to be
  a separate command, Seen.last.
  * Moved the connect and disconnect commands from the Relay plugin
  to the Owner plugin, so a Supybot can be on multiple networks
  without ever loading the Relay plugin.
  * Added relay bot detection to the Relay plugin.  Now, rather
  than get involved in a loop with another relay bot, a Supybot
  will (if it has ops) rain down its wrath upon the offender.
  * Added supybot.plugins.Quotes.requireRegistration, which
  determines whether a user need be registered to add Quotes to
  the Quotes database.
  * Added supybot.plugins.RSS.showLinks, which determines whether
  the bot will show links to the RSS headlines along with the
  normally displayed titles.
  * Removed supybot.reply.withPrivateNotice and split it into two
  separate configuration variables, supybot.reply.withNotice and
  * Added supybot.log.stdout.wrap, to allow optional (defaulting to
  True) wrapping of stdout logs.
  * Added supybot.databases.plugins.channelSpecific, a value that
  determines whether the database used for channel-based plugins
  will be a channel-specific database or a global database.  This
  value, ironically enough, is channel-specific -- channels can
  each individually decide to be "part of the Borg" or to "be their
  own channel."  The default, of course, is for databases to be
  * Changed the way channel databases are handled; instead of
  generating channel-<name> files, instead we create a subdirectory
  of the data directory named channel, and then stick all the files
  in there.  It's a much cleaner way to do things, in our opinion.
  * Added several configuration variables to the Status plugin to
  determine how verbose the cpu command is.  These are, of course,
  * Added a configuration variable to the Dunno plugin,
  supybot.plugins.Dunno.prefixNick, which determines whether the
  bot will prefix the nick of the user giving an invalid command to
  its "dunno" response.  Formerly, it never would; the default for
  this variable, however, is True, because that's how the rest of
  Supybot works.
  * Added Owner.rename, a command for renaming commands in other
  * Added, for getting/setting channel configuration
  * Fixed the problem with channels with dots or colons in them
  raising exceptions whenever the registry was accessed.
  * Changed Fun.eightball to provide a similar answer for a question
  asked multiple times.
  * Changed Fun.roulette to use a 6-barrel revolver.
  * Changed Bugzilla to use the registry, rather than a custom
  flatfile database format.
  * Added the KeepAlive plugin, to send useless keepalive messages
  to someone every some period.  It's mostly just because we
  noticed that MozBot had one, and we couldn't allow ourselves to
  be outdone.
  * Changed the URL plugin to use flatfiles rather than SQLite
  database.  Also reduced the functionality of the last command by
  removing some options that no one ever really used, and removed
  the random command (who uses that anyway?)
  * Changed the Words plugin not to use SQLite.  We lose the
  anagram command, but crossword and hangman become much easier to
  use, since all the user has to do is put a words file in
  * Changed the Relay plugin to rely only on the registry, allowing
  it to start and join all networks and channels with no user/owner
  interaction at all.  Also, removed the Relay.say and
  Relay.reconnect commands, since both can be accomplished easily
  using the Relay.command command in combination with
  Owner.reconnect and Anonymous.say commands.
  * Added supybot.reply.withNoticeWhenPrivate, to make the bot
  reply with a notice when it privately messages a user -- this
  generally means that the user's client won't open a query window,
  which may be nice.  Do note that users can override this setting
  via the user registry variable of the same name.
  * Added supybot.nick.alternates, which allows a list of alternate
  nicks to try, in order, if the primary nick (supybot.nick) is
  taken.  Also added a nick-perturbation function that will change
  supybot.nick if there are no alternates or if they're all taken
  as well.  As a result, removed supybot.nickmods.
  * Changed ChannelLogger to log channels to logs/ChannelLogger,
  rather than simply logs.
  * Added the ChannelRelay plugin, to relay messages between two
  channels.  This might be useful for people who want to forward
  CVS update messages from one channel (such as commits) to
  * Added Channel.mode, to set modes in the channel, Channel.limit,
  to set the channel limit, Channel.moderate and
  Channel.unmoderate, to set +m and -m, respectively, and
  Channel.key to set or unset the channel keyword.
  * Added a new plugin, Format, which offers several commands for
  formatting strings on IRC.  Moved several commands from to it
  from the Utilities plugin.
  * Improved the functionality of RSS.announce.  Calling it with
  no arguments now lists the currently announced feeds.  Removing
  feeds is done by specifying the --remove option.
  * Added a reconnect command to the Owner plugin.
  * Added aol and rainbow filters to the Filter plugin.
  * Added Nickometer plugin, a translation of Infobot's Nickometer.
  * Added multiple recipient support for notes.
  * Added BadWords.list, to list the bad words currently being
  censored by the bot.
  * Changed to allow plugins to specify their own help,
  and added help for several of the more confusing plugins.
  * Added Dunno.stats, to return the number of dunnos in the
  * Added the Currency plugin, to perform currency conversions.
  * Added conf.supybot.plugins.Karma.allowSelfRating, which
  determines whether users are allowed to adjust the karma of their
  current nick.
  * Added --nolimit option to Misc.last, which causes it to return
  all matches that are in the history.
  * Added conf.supybot.plugins.Herald.defaultHerald, which provides
  a default herald to use for unregistered users.  Herald.default
  was also added as a friendly interface to managing the
  * Added Weather.wunder, which uses to report the
  current weather status.
  * Changed supybot.defaultCapabilities to be a space-separated
  list rather than a comma-separated list.  Also added a check to
  make sure -owner was in supybot.defaultCapabilities, and to
  require a command-line option to allow it not to be present.
  * Added Sourceforge.fight, which returns the list of specified
  projects and their bug/rfe count in sorted order, least to most.
  * Added Utilities.reply for replying to a person with text.  Like
  echo, but it prepends the nick like the bot normally does.
  * Changed Utilities.success to accept an optional <text> argument
  for text to be appended to the success message.
  * Changed User.{addhostmask,removehostmask,register,unregister}
  to allow owner users to do what they will with their users.  You
  can now add hostmasks, remove hostmasks, register users, and
  unregister users willy-nilly.
  * Changed and moved several configuration variables.
  all moved to supybot.protocols.irc; supybot.httpPeekSize moved to
  supybot.protocols.http; supybot.threadAllCommands moved to
  supybot.debug.threadAllCommands, and probably a few others I
  forgot to mention.
  * Added Http.zipinfo, which returns a veritable plethora of
  information about the supplied zip code.
  * Added a configuration variable for every plugin, "public", that
  determines whether the plugin is considered public (i.e., whether
  it will show up in the list command when the list command isn't
  given the --private option).
  * Added, a command for finding out which author
  claims a particular plugin.
  * Added Topic configuration supybot.plugins.Topic.format template
  string allowing full customization of the Topic items.
  * Added Topic.lock and Topic.unlock, for locking and unlocking
  the topic (setting +t or -t, respectively)
  * Added Topic.restore, for restoring the topic to the last-sent
  topic.  Useful for when people change your carefully crafted
  topic by means other than the bot.
  * Changed supybot.brackets so you can now provide the empty
  string, which means you cannot do nesting of commands.
  * Added Utilities.last, which replies with the last string
  given to it.  This is useful for sequencing commands and then
  replying with the output of the last commnad.
  * Updated to accept a feed name as well as a url.
  * Added a signal handler for SIGTERM, so you folks killing your
  bots uncleanly won't have as many bugs :)
  * Added a signal handler for SIGHUP that reloads the bot's
  various configuration files.
  * Added a new configuration variable, supybot.pidFile, which
  determines what file the bot should write its PID to.  The
  default is not to write the PID file at all.
  * Added a comma argument to utils.commaAndify, which specifies the
  character to use in place of the comma.
  2004-04-16  Jeremy Fincher  <>
  * Version 0.77.2!
  * Fixed numerous bugs, high and low, big and small and
  in-between.  Definitely worthy of a release.
  * Added supybot.plugins.ChannelLogger.includeNetworkName, so the
  logs aren't strangified when relaying between channels.
  * Added a --capability option to User.list, to allow people to
  list all the users possessing a certain capability.  The main
  reason this was added is so jemfinch can tell who owns which
  Supybots on supybot :)
  * Added Utilities.success, mostly for making aliases such that
  they can respond with success if no errors were encountered in
  any nested commands.
  * Changed the name of the new filter, colorstrip, to be
  stripcolor.  Better now than after it was highly established :)
  * Added configuration variables
  supybot.plugins.Services.NickServ.password (which replaces the
  old supybot.plugins.Services.password) for specifying the
  NickServ password, as well as
  supybot.plugins.Services.ChanServ.{op,halfop,voice}, which
  determine what the bot should request of ChanServ when it
  identifies or joins a channel.  These latter variables are, of
  course, channel variables.
  * Added configuration variable
  supybot.plugins.Babelfish.languages (which replaces the old
  supybot.plugins.Babelfish.disabledLanguages) for specifying
  which languages will be translated/spoken.
  * Fixed bug 863601, plugin BadWords fails on color codes.
  * Replaced Sourceforge.{rfe,bug} with Sourceforge.tracker, which
  can query any tracker type (not just RFEs and bugs) and responds
  with more information, a la trackerSnarfer.
  * Added supybot.log.individualPluginLogfiles, which determines
  whether plugin logs will be logged to their individual logfiles
  in addition to the misc.log logfile.
  * Added supybot.plugins.WordStats.ignoreQueries, which, when
  true, makes the bot ignore queries (and not increment its word
  * Added the LogToIrc plugin, for sending logs to an IRC
  channel or nick.  Useful for traceback notification and whatnot.
  * Changed supybot.log.timestampFormat to specially handle the
  empty string -- if it's set to the empty string, it will log
  times in seconds-since-epoch format.
  * Added supybot.plugins.Weather.convert, which determines whether
  or not Weather.{weather,cnn,ham} will convert temperature to the
  configured temperatureUnit.
  * Changed User.setpassword not to require the <old password> to
  be correct if the requesting user has the owner capability (and
  isn't the owner themself).
  * Added ircutils.strip{Bold,Reverse,Underline,Formatting}, which
  will remove the specified formatting or all forms of formatting
  in the case of stripFormatting.
  2004-04-09  Jeremy Fincher  <>
  * Version 0.77.1!
  * Added supybot.reply.errorWithNotice to make the bot give its
  error messages in a notice.
  * Added Filter.colorstrip, an outfilter that strips all color
  codes from messages.
  * Added supybot.plugins.BadWords.{replaceMethod, nastyChars,
  simpleReplacement, requireWordBoundaries}; see the associated
  help strings to find out what they do.
  * Added supybot.plugins.Babelfish.disabledLanguages, to disable
  certain languages from being translated/spoken.
  * Added supybot.reply.maximumMores, to give users the ability to
  set the maximum number of "more" chunks replies will generate.
  * Added supybot.reply.truncate, to turn off the normal chunking
  of replies that later can be retrieved with the more command.
  Setting this variable to On means that no chunks will ever be
  * Added supybot.plugins.Enforcer.takeRevengeOnOps, which makes
  the bot even take revenge on channel,ops who try to violate the
  channel configuration.  Of course, such people can change the
  channel configuration to their bidding, but it's a decent
  protection against errant botscripts or something.
  * Added supybot.plugins.Channels.alwaysRejoin, to make the bot
  always rejoin when it's kicked.
  * Added supybot.databases.users.hash, allowing those running bots
  to specify the default hashed/unhashed state of user passwords in
  the config file.
  * Added Debian.bug, which retrieve bug info from Debian's BTS.
  * Changed Relay.names to Relay.nicks, to be consistent with
  * Added supybot.brackets, a configuration variable for specifying
  which set of matching brackets to use for nested commands.  Valid
  values are [] (the default), {}, <>, and ().
  * Added a configuration variable to ChannelLogger, timestamp,
  which determines whether the bot will timestamp its logfiles.
  This is a channel-specific variable, of course.
  * Updated ChannelLogger not to log messages starting with
  [nolog], in order to allow private information to remain private.
  * Added a configuration variable to ChannelLogger,
  flushImmediately, to cause all channel logs to be flushed every
  time they're modified, for those people who like to read the logs
  through tail -f or something similar.
  * Updated WordStats to allow removing of tracked words.
  * Updated Seen.seen to accept no arguments and return the last
  message spoken by anyone.
  * Updated the Herald plugin to use the standard substitute until
  we get it updated to use commands as heralds instead of plain
  * Updated echo to use the standard substitute on its reply.
  * Updated Network.whois so that it can now retrieve
  information on all domains.
  * Updated the Weather plugin to be retrieve weather from either or  Also added
  supybot.plugins.Weather.{command,temperatureUnit} so that you can
  specify which command (Weather.cnn or Weather.ham) to use when is called and in which unit (C, F, K) to report
  the weather.
  * Updated standard replies (such as supybot.replies.success, etc.)
  to use the standard substitute (such as $nick, $who, $channel,
  etc.) in their text.
  * Fixed snarfers to respect lobotomies.
  * Fixed Admin.join not to add the channel to the supybot.channels
  registry entry if joining the channel wasn't successful.
  2004-02-20  Jeremy Fincher  <>
  * Version 0.77.0!
  * Changed the format of the user and channel databases to
  something much more readable and user-editable.  Be sure, if
  you're upgrading, to run tools/ on your user and
  channel databases *BEFORE* installing the new version.
  * Updated almost every document we have, and added a
  GETTING_STARTED document.  Yay!
  * Added several new options for Channel.kban: --exact, --nick,
  --user, --host, for more flexibility in determining what the
  banmask is.
  * Added a Scheduler plugin for scheduling events to occur at
  specific times.
  * Added a Herald plugin for announcing to the channel the arrival
  of certain users.
  * Changed the reply method of the irc object given to plugins not
  to require a msg object.
  * Added inter-factoid references for MoobotFactoids.  Simply
  define a factoid as "see <factoid-key>" (and nothing else) and it
  will automatically go pick up the value for that factoid and
  display it in its place.  Sort of a "symlink" for MoobotFactoids.
  * Added the ability to reply to factoids without the "whatis" in
  the Factoids plugin.  Now, you can use "foo" instead of "whatis
  * Added --{from,to} and --sent options to Note.sent.
  * Changed Note.get to simply be "note".  Instead of "note get
  145", you should use "note 145".
  * Changed channel capabilities to use a comma to separate the
  channel from the capability instead of a period.  This is because
  channels can include periods (but not commas) and since we now
  allow "plugin.command" capabilities, there's no way to know
  whether a given dot is separating the channel from the capability
  or the plugin from the command.
  * Removed Admin.setprefixchar, since it's unneeded with the new
  * Removed Status.bestuptime, since it was buggy and no one felt
  like maintaining it.
  * Added Http.cyborg, a fun little command for getting cyborg
  abbreviations for names.
  * Added Sourceforge.totalbugs and Sourceforge.totalrfes
  * Removed Owner.{set,unset} since they matter not.
  * Made the smileys and frowns configurable in ChannelDB.
  * Added a vast array of new configurables -- check out the various
  config commands in Configurable plugins to see.
  * Added better error reporting for Admin.join, explaining to the
  user if the bot can't join the channel.
  * Added a title-snarfer to the URL plugin.
  * Added Relay.command, a command for sending commands to the bot
  on a different network.
  * Added, a new command for searching a bugzilla
  * Added an INVITE handler in Admin, allowing users with the admin
  capability to INVITE the bot to a channel.  There's also a config
  variable, alwaysJoinOnInvite, that will cause the bot to join
  a channel whenever someone invites it to a channel, not just users
  with the admin capability.
  * Added conf.requireChannelCommandsToBeSentInChannel for requiring
  all channel-related commands to be sent in the channel.
  * Added conf.followIdentificationThroughNickChanges for having the
  bot update user's identified hostmask when they change nicks.
  * Added conf.replyWhenNotAddressed, a configuration variable for
  having the bot always attempt to parse a message as a command.
  * Added conf.replyWhenAddressedByNick, a configuration variable
  for having the bot *not* respond when addressed by its nick.
  * Added conf.replyWithNickPrefix, a configuration variable for
  having the bot not prefix the nick of the person giving a command
  to the reply.
  * Changed all "zegrep" stuff to "zgrep -e" stuff, since zegrep is
  on fewer platforms than zgrep.
  2003-12-12 Jeremy Fincher <>


* Fixed a bug in that could cause the bot to loop,
  connecting and disconnecting from the server because it didn't
  think the server responded to its PING.
  * Fixed a bug in the Services implementation that could cause
  the bot to continually loop, connecting and disconnecting from the
  * Fixed to follow the same default plugin rules that the
  rest of the bot follows.
  * Added better error reporting to Admin.join, so the various error
  conditions that might make the bot incapable of joining a channel
  will be reported.
  * Updated RootWarner to be configurable, offering each channel the
  ability to define whether or not people who IRC as root will be
  warned, what that warning will be, and whether or not they should
  be kicked.
  * Added a configurable 'topic-sync' to the Relay plugin to
  determine whether the topics of the two channels should be kept
  * Added for searching the various loaded lookups.
  * Added Topic.reorder, a new command for reordering the topics in a
  specific manner.
  * Added Topic.list, a new command for listing the topics in a
  channel (mostly in order to help out with Topic.reorder :))
  * Added Http.extension, a new command to retrieve file extension
  information from
  * Updated Todo.remove to allow removing multiple taskids
  * Updated Relay.whois to include a user's away status and identified
  state, if the server supports it.
  * Added utils.sorted, which does what list.sorted will do when 2.4
  is released.
  * Added ircutils.isCtcp, for determining whether or not a message
  is a CTCP message.
  2003-12-6  Jeremy Fincher  <>
  * Version 0.76.0!
  * Added a "trusted" capability that defaults to off (-trusted) and
  is required for (with which it's possible to DoS the
  bot) and for the new Math.icalc (with which it is trivially
  possible to DoS the bot).
  * Added Math.icalc, a new command for doing integer arithmetic.
  It requires the "trusted" capability.
  * Added the command, because MozBot has it.
  * Added Note.unsend command, to allow users to "unsend" notes
  they've sent but whose recipient has not yet read.
  * Added Channel.{deop,devoice,dehalfop,kick}.
  * Added Http.size and Http.doctype and Http.headers to retrieve
  various meta-information on URLs.
  * Added a ranking to ChannelDB.wordstats.
  * Added Karma.most for determining various "mosts" in the Karma
  * Added User.list command to list registered users.
  * Added 'roulette' command to Fun plugin.
  * Added a Channel.lobotomies command to list the channels in which
  the bot is lobotomized.
  * Added a swap function to Math.rpn.
  * Changed the name of User.changeusername to User.changename.
  * Changed the logging infrastructure significantly; each plugin
  now has its own logger (and thus logfile), in addition to being
  logged in the main logfile.
  * Fixed bug in which the bot wouldn't rejoin channels after a
  reconnect.  Thank the Lord for tcpkill :)
  * Fixed Http.freshmeat for projects with a space in their names.
  * Changed RSS so RSS feed commands may be added while the bot is
  running, and so added RSS feed commands are in the RSS plugin.
  * Changed Lookup so added lookups are added in the Lookup plugin
  itself so there's no dependency on Alias, and so loaded lookups
  can be seen via 'list Lookup'.
  * Fixed bug 850931 as well as several other minor bugs in
  * Fixed bug 851254, Factoids.whatis didn't work on numeric keys.
  * Added the ability to turn on/off the showing of ids in FunDB
  * Added the to= keyword argument to the various reply functions to
  you can specify a target to send the message to.
  * Changed socketDrivers to allow more time (10x more, to be exact)
  for connecting to the network than for the normal read.
  * Fixed a bug in that would cause an ugly error
  message for a command like "weather hell".
  * Added the number of strings to the Fun.object output.
  * Fixed bug in RSS.configure; no aliases could be added.
  * Changed Alias.freeze to Alias.lock.
  * Fixed sorting in Status' uptime database.
  * Updated the Gameknot tests for expired games, and updated the
  Gameknot plugin to handle such links in its snarfer.
  * Added a 'server' attribute to Irc objects to unify the way to
  access such information.
  * Added revision command for finding out the revision of the files
  in a running bot; also added __revision__ strings so CVS would be
  happy to keep such information for us :)
  * Fixed bug 848475 -- bad error message from regexp-expecting
  * Stopped listing the plugin dispatcher command in the list of
  commands for that plugin.
  * Fixed bug in Gameknot.gkstats when retrieving the stats for
  users who haven't yet played a game.
  * Added a numUsers() method to ircdb.UsersDB (ircdb.users).
  2003-11-18  Jeremy Fincher  <>
  * Changed commands so that plugins no longer have to make sure
  that their commands are unique within the bot.  Ambiguous commands
  will reply with an error message and instruct the user to
  disambiguate the command by prefixing with the appropriate plugin
  name.. Many commands that formerly contained the plugin name (or a
  portion thereof) have had it removed, and many plugins have had
  their names changed so prefixing a command with the plugin name is
  less bulky.  Rather than list each individual example, you can
  read the plugin documentation posted at ***TODO***
  * Renamed numerous plugins: OwnerCommands became Owner,
  AdminCommands became Admin, ChannelCommands became Channel,
  MiscCommands became Misc, UserCommands became User, URLSnarfer
  became URL, Notes became Note, FunCommands became Fun, IMDB became
  Movies, and Aliases became Alias.
  * Made aliases persistent across reloads/bot restarts.  You should
  probably change your botscripts not to add the aliases onStart, but
  (assuming those aliases don't change) it should still work fine.
  * Added the ability for users to specify that their passwords
  should be hashed on disk.
  * Added MoobotFactoids plugin for moobot-style factoids (which are
  meant to mimic blootbot-style factoids).  People used to
  traditional IRC bot factoids plugins will probably find this
  plugin more to their taste than Factoids.
  * Added Ebay plugin for snarfing eBay URLs as well as getting info on
  certain auctions.
  * Added monitoring of occurrences of certain words on a per-user
  basis, adding two new commands to ChannelDB (addword and
  * Added Bugzilla module for accessing various data in Bugzilla
  * Added QuoteGrabs module which allows people to grab interesting
  quotes from other people and store them in the bot for later retrieval
  (also optionally have the bot randomly snarf quotes).
  * Added a "change" command to change factoid values in the Factoids
  * Added Dunno plugin as an optional replacement for the boring 'no
  such command' response.
  * Changed FundB to allow accessing excuses, larts, and praises by
  * Added substitutions for 'me' and 'my' in insult/praise/lart.
  * Added 'change' and 'old' commands for News.
  * Added ASPN Python Cookbook URL snarfer.
  * Moved karma out of ChannelDB and into its own Karma plugin.
  * Moved uptime-related commands to from FunDB to the Status plugin.
  * Renamed the Network.internic command to whois, since we can now fix
  ambiguity by prefixing the plugin name.
  * Removed the "googlesite" function.
  * Removed "dictserver" command in favor of using the Configurable
  framework with the Dict plugin instead.
  * Removed TwistedCommands plugin to the sandbox; the one command
  it provided (dict) is now better provided in the Dict plugin.
  * Removed the Moobot plugin (the commands were moved to the Fun
  plugin or dropped entirely).
  * Removed all example strings from plugins.  To be replaced with an
  automated process later.
  * Converted several plugins to the new Configurable plugin type
  Plugins modified include Bugzilla, ChannelDB, Dict, Ebay,
  Enforcer, Gameknot, Google, Python, Relay, and URL (formerly
  * Changed ChannelDB database to use integer user ids instead of text
  * Changed Http.geekquote to use multiline geekquotes (and removed
  the option to do so, since it's now the default).
  * Added a --id switch to geekquote to pick a specific geekquote.
  * Changed most commands in News to require the 'news' capability.
  * Changed Relay.names output to show (and sort by) status in the
  * Removed 'relaycolor' command in favor of Configurable framework.
  * Added total memory usage to 'cpustats' output for several *nix
  * Removed the total percentage of CPU time from 'cpustats'.  Not
  only was it inaccurate, but we needed the room for memory stats.
  * Changed Topic.shuffle to ensure that the topic is actually
  * Changed all commands which take an index (various Topic and
  Factoids commands) to index from 1 instead of 0.
  * Fixed several bugs in Unix.spell whereby the bot could be
  * Changed the name of the "bug" command in the AdminCommands
  plugin to "reportbug" instead.
  * Added QUIT stat-keeping to ChannelDB.
  * Removed the OwnerCommands.say command; it wasn't useful enough,
  and is so easily written that anyone can have it back if they want
  * Changed OwnerCommands.load (and reload) to be case-insensitive,
  so "load funcommands" works just as well as "load FunCommands".
  * Changed the keyword parameter "needed" to privmsgs.getArgs to be
  "required" instead.  It just sounds better, works with "optional"
  better, and we won't get an opportunity later to change it.
  * Updated IrcObjectProxy.reply to allow a "notice" boolean keyword
  to determine whether or not to reply via a notice.
  * Added privmsgs.urlSnarfer, a wrapper around snarfer methods that
  handles both the threading and the limiting of replies so loops
  between two snarfing bots can't happen.
  * Added structures.PersistentDictionary for dictionaries that
  should be saved to a file in repr()ed form.
  * Added structures.TwoWayDictionary for dictionaries that should
  map keys to values and vice versa.
  * Added a curry function to for doing currying (if you
  don't know what it is, don't worry about it :))
  * Added utils.depluralize to do the opposite of utils.pluralize.
  * Added utils.safeEval for safe evaluation of Python data
  structures (lists, dictionaries, tuples, numbers, strings, etc.,
  but no operations on them).
  * Added utils.saltHash for handling the hashing of passwords with
  a salt.
  * Added plugins.standardSubstitute to do standard substitutions
  for things like $who, $nick, $channel, etc.
  * Added plugins.Configurable, a plugin mixin that allows easy
  specification and persistence of configurable data on a global and
  per-channel basis.
  * Fixed plugins.ChannelDBHandler (and added plugins.DBHandler) to
  be threadsafe, so threaded plugins could still use a database, and
  non-threaded database-using plugins could still receive the
  results of a threaded command.
  * Removed ircutils.privmsgPayload and ircutils.shrinkList, both of
  which existed prior to the addition of more, and aren't needed
  2003-10-12  Jeremy Fincher  <>
  * Version 0.73.1!
  * Fixed a bug in Math.{calc,rpn} where certain functions
  ("degrees" in particular) that didn't like complex arguments would
  fail on numbers on which they shouldn't.
  * Added an optional "key" argument to ChannelCommands.cycle.
  * Fixed bolding in
  * Fixed handling of the secure flag by ircdb.IrcUser.setAuth;
  previously it didn't prevent someone with an unmatched hostmask
  from identifying.
  * Fixed imports in the DCC plugin.
  * Fixed a bug where the bot would not reply to nick-addressed
  messages on a channel if its nick wasn't entirely lowercased.
  * Fixed the Relay plugin to relay topic changes; an oversight not
  caught earlier because supybot has for a long time managed our
  * Fixed a bug in the Services plugin where the bot would ghost
  itself if its nick didn't match in case the nick given.
  * Added the ability for PrivmsgCommandAndRegexp to have regexps
  that are called *after* callbacks.addressed has been called on the
  message -- see ChannelDB.{increase,decrease}Karma for an example.
  * Fixed bug in where plugins without configure
  functions would raise an uncaught exception.
  * Fixed debincoming to work since the removal of baseplugin; it
  was missing an import.
  * Fixed MiscCommands.doPrivmsg to send an IrcObjectProxyRegexp to
  the replyWhenNotCommand function.
  * Fixed debversion to display the correct output when no matching
  packages were found.
  * Fixed ChannelDB to import conf; karma didn't work otherwise.
  * Fixed a bug in the Enforcer plugin that would cause the bot to
  ban everyone from the channel whenever ChanServ deopped someone.
  * Changed the "whois" command in the Network plugin to "internic"
  2003-10-05  Jeremy Fincher  <>
  * Version 0.73.0!
  * Added the News plugin, news handling for channels.
  * Changed the initial character of anti capabilities to '-'
  instead of '!'.  '!' can be the initial character in a channel
  name, and so any command using getChannel and accepting a
  capability as its first argument (several in ChannelCommands) will
  have difficulties (the channel then *must* be specified since
  getChannel will consider !capability to be a channel name).  Note
  that this means you'll need to either remove and re-create or edit
  your config files to change ! to - in capabilities.
  * Removed the "cvsup" command; it's been useless since we had a
  global install, and can only serve to confuse.
  * Added a "private" command to MiscCommands to allow users to
  specify that a response should be made in private.
  * Added a "secure" flag to user database records that *requires*
  that one of the user's hostmasks match if the user is to be
  recognized.  This flag may be set with the "setsecure" command.
  * Added a convert command to the Math plugin.  More conversions
  are necessary, if anyone's interested in doing it.  The available
  units are available via the "units" command.
  * Fixed the pydoc command to allow access to standard Python
  modules that are shared libraries rather than pure Python code.
  * Added a "Python" plugin and moved FunCommands.{pydoc,zen} to
  * Fixed the supybot- scripts to use optparse so they now
  accept many command line options (but most importantly, the --help
  option :))
  * Added a debincoming command to the Debian plugin; it searches
  the available packages at
  * Moved the "bug" command from MiscCommands to AdminCommands in
  order to prevent possible abuse.
  * Changed ChannelDB.seen to default to using nicks; a --user
  option can be passed to use the old behavior.  Note that this
  means you'll have to update your ChannelDB database; use this
  SQL statement to do so:
  CREATE TABLE nick_seen (
  last_seen TIMESTAMP,
  last_msg TEXT