So I’m installing an OS on my laptop, and for whatever reason, the Debian Etch install disk thought it would be a good idea to initialize the whole disk to random data *before* rather than *after* the rest of the install. Writing to the whole disk takes a long time — a few hours — and so I’m left with the Debian netinst environment to play with. So I decided to IRC. Unfortunately, the only programming language I could find is sh, and there don’t seem to be any IRC clients. And I can’t get the ssh client to work — I was able to install the ssh client from the udeb on the CD-ROM with udpkg -i path/to/openssl-client-whatever.udeb. But it depends on libnsl.so.1, and I don’t know what udeb I have to install to get that. So I wrote my own IRC client in shell. The output is a little ugly, and there’s no line editing or multiple window support, but otherwise it’s just like any other IRC client to use. Almost.