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How do I search in lists with irssi?

Folks, The irssi irc client operates in a condensed window, without the option of scrolling up and down through output. So when i run the /list command on a busy irc network, is there any way to pipe that output to a file?
Any way to do :

/list | grep -i blah 

Is there a shortcut to scroll irssi window?


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    I'm pretty sure you can scroll. Have you tried page up/down?
    – Phoshi
    Sep 25, 2012 at 18:01
  • updown on mbp? dont know what that is :) Sep 25, 2012 at 18:32
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    @Phoshi: Have fun searching in 13,000 channels on FreeNode! :P Sep 25, 2012 at 18:38
  • @Clustermagnet: Some networks don't want you to do this because of the amount of traffic it takes, and some even automatically disconnect you for flooding. You might want to try a website instead which makes it handy to search for channels on and across networks. Sep 25, 2012 at 18:39
  • guys, solved! on mbp you can use /elist -min 100, then hit fn+arrow up :) Sep 25, 2012 at 18:45

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Another interesting way of listing interesting channels:

  • Install elist addon for irssi http://scripts.irssi.org/
  • /elist -min 100

    on macbook pro, using iterm, hit FN+arrow keys for page up/dn in irssi :)

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