Eggdrop is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) program for Linux or UNIX users that sits in the background of an IRC�channel to manage and protect a chat. Eggdrop, sometimes referred to as a "bot"�(short for "robot") program, allows the chat manager to keep a list of users, erase users who haven't been on the channel within a specific time period, keep a list of users who have been banned, prevent channel flooding, and perform other common chat channel management tasks.�
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Assuming that the IRC chat manager's network allows robot programs to be installed, the chat manager must first install TCL (Tool Command Language) on the system so that Eggdrop can be compiled and run. A unique feature of� Eggdrop is its ability to allow Eggdrop bots to connect to one another and create a mini-network called a "botnet".�
Eggdrop has become a standard in IRC, and, as an open source program, is constantly updated and improved by users. It is written in C and distributed according to the�GNU General Public License.