Some of the development of MapServer is coordinated through IRC. This page describes how you log on to chat, ask questions, and hack around with the developers.

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Why IRC?

IRC is a primary medium where Open Source GIS hackers congregate, collaborate, and hack. It makes it easy to communicate things like compilation issues, where immediate, iterative feedback allows folks to make a lot of progress. Something that might take days of heavily-quoted emails through a maillist might only take fifteen minutes on IRC.

IRC is a great way to coordinate on-line meetings. The MapServer project steering committee often uses IRC for their monthly meetings.

Some folks find IRC distracting and do not normally participate except for on-line meetings.

How do I join?

You can connect directly through your browser at (just enter a nickname).

There are many other IRC clients available. This page (and here) provides a good listing for many different platforms. If you are using Thunderbird as your email client, it has a great IRC chat option included.