supybot plugin development

Problems I’ve faced & how I fixed them:

What’s in msg and args? I see them in the method signature, but where do they come from?

msg seems to be a parsed form of the raw message that the bot gets. I used pprint(msg) to get this:

IrcMsg(prefix="[email protected]", command="PRIVMSG", args=('#b3ta', '@rroulette spin'))

So prefix is the hostmask of the user who called a function. command is virtually useless, because just about all interaction with the bot (especially user to bot) is done with a PRIVMSG. args in msg is the more interesting thing – args[0] is the channel, args[1] appears to be the actual line of text that was entered.

As for args, the one that’s passed to your function, I presume it has something to do with how you wrap your function. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a list online of options wrap will take, and I haven’t perused the code enough to find what it uses.

So can I use pprint with ‘irc’ then?

Nope. Trying just gets you something like <supybot.callbacks.NestedCommandsIrcProxy object at 0x03B5E190>. irc seems to be the object that stored everything about the bot.

There’s something about “no Class found”…

Yeah… you need something along the lines of Class = Aurora in Why? Because in, you have Class = plugin.Class . You might be able to change to read something like Class = plugin.Aurora, but I doubt it’ll work.

Anything about wrapping your function?

Well, the syntax seems to be function_name = wrap(function_name, listOfSomeSort[]). Looking at the function definition (, towards the bottom), this matches, though it also seems to say that you can change the name if you specify a string as a third argument.

The strange thing is the list. It seems to be double duty as to restricting who can access it (first argument looks to always be public/private/op/admin/owner), and later arguments seem to be constraints on who can use the command, and/or are arguments passed to the functions. For example,  (‘haveOp’, ‘change the x’) appears to ensure that the bot has op status in the channel,  while many(‘something’) seems to indicate that a list will be passed to the function with whatever the user enters.

It’s all a bit confusing, I have yet to get my head around it completely.

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