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When trying to connect to an irc server in irssi, I get the following error:

root Erroneous Nickname: Reserved for services

I don't know how to change the nickname before the connection is established. I'm currently connected to one server, where I have my proper nick, but when trying to connect to another server with connect irc.foo.com, which should open another connection, it's trying with the nickname root.

How do I change this nickname?

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I don't think it's a good idea to run IRSSI from root. – kzh Jun 15 '11 at 22:08
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You can use irssi's -n option to specify your nick

irssi -n test123

or you can go to the bottom of your $HOME/.irssi/config and in the settings section, change your nick

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You can use the command: irssi -n nickname1234

and to change the default nickname after you are connected

/SET default_nick = , defaults to user_name

/SET alternate_nick = , defaults to _

/SET user_name = , defaults to your login name

/SET real_name = , taken from /etc/passwd by default

Good luck¬

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