April 11, 2008 Leave a comment
Using irssi on your local desktop to connect to an IRC server behind a firewall is easy using an ssh tunnel, providing you have ssh access through the firewall.
First open the ssh tunnel:
ssh -L 6667:irc_server:6667 firstname.lastname@example.org
Then in another terminal on your local machine, type:
irssi -c localhost
irssi will connect to localhost on port 6667 – expecting to find an IRC server, ssh will redirect the localhost:6667 connection to irc_server:6667 through the ssh tunnel.