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(Be it hilight/highlight or a beep). I have a small channel that I need to know all the info of. I couldn't get trigger.pl to work. I could do "/hilight -mask every_single_nick" but that's not efficient enough.

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This question is probably more appropriate for superuser. See the FAQ for information on the types of questions that are on topic here. – Evan Teitelman Apr 3 '13 at 21:47
what about /hilight -regex . -channels channel? – Ulrich Dangel Apr 3 '13 at 23:19
@EvanTeitelman How so? As it says in the faq: “Applications packaged in nix distributions *(note: being cross-platform does not disqualify)”. This question is perfectly on-topic here as long as irssi is running on a unix system. As you can see, there's already an answer that uses a unix feature that isn't part of the application — that's part of why we allow questions about cross-platform applications. – Gilles Apr 3 '13 at 23:36
@Gilles My mistake. I will try to make better judgements in the future. – Evan Teitelman Apr 4 '13 at 13:49

If you enable autolog in your config, you can have irssi log all activity in your channel. You can then use inotify to watch your log directory or file and feed that activity to your notification system.

See How to run a command when a directory's contents are updated.

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IMO it is much simpler to just write an irssi plugin with perl then use inotify for something like that – Ulrich Dangel Apr 3 '13 at 23:20
For someone that can write irssi plugins in perl, I am sure it would be... – jasonwryan Apr 3 '13 at 23:44

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