IRC and BES and You

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I got this wonderful Blackberry device courtesy of work, since I’m on call and people want emails answering quickly etc, etc.

The miracle of BIM and Google Talk is fantastic.. lots of ways to talk to my fellow operations coworkers, but there was something missing. We use good old IRC at Last.fm to communicate, so when something goes a bit wrong its nice to be able to jump in and see what’s gone on (or whether no one is fixing anything and its up to you..!)

On a first search there was plenty of good IRC clients around. Unfortunately I couldn’t get any to work… They just said disconnected from server. Using MidpSSH I telnet’d to the server and got a connection refused.. Then I changed the connection method to “TCP” and it worked fine. Great! But no such option exists in any IRC client (Mobilirc is the best one at the moment it seems).

So, the BES won’t forward the traffic, the BES isn’t even managed by us, and both apps are open source. Let’s delve into the code!

else if ( spec.blackberryConnType == SessionSpec.BLACKBERRY_CONN_TYPE_DEVICESIDE ) {
conn.append(“;deviceside=true”);

References to “deviceside”… basically it proxies via the BES, so that’s deviceside=false, which is the default if not specified. Funnily enough. Mobilirc doesn’t specifiy this, so I jump in and add the line, so it now looks like this:

connector = (StreamConnection) Connector.open(“socket://” + host + “:” + port + “;deviceside=true”, Connector.READ_WRITE);

After a couple of hours of trying to get the Blackberry Development Environment working for me, I managed to get a .jar, .jad, .alx, .cod, and using javaload, got it on my device and SUCCESS! IRC running, backgrounded, highlights, always on. Hurrah!

I don’t know if this affects anyone, or if anyone else really cares, but if you do, let me know and I’ll send you the stuff. At least we’re happy now πŸ˜‰ and I’m happy that I still vaguely understand Java! πŸ˜€

3 thoughts on “IRC and BES and You”

  1. You seem knowledgeable about this stuff and I am a BB noob, courtesy of work. We have a BES server. I was playing with jmirc and having your experiences. So, I decided I would try to get on my bnc. What I noticed is that the requests are coming from the IP of the BES. Allowing that IP on to my BNC and no probs.
    So, does all traffic from we BES people’s Blackberrys go through the BES, regardless of whether you are on Edge or UMA?
    Thanks and I’ll take you up on your offer of sending me this stuff you used to get this working.
    Thanks

  2. I have noticed that IRC is going through the bes and we are blocking IRC at the firewall. I would be intereasted in the IRC stuff so that I can bypass the BES.

    Thank you,
    Dennis

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