The BELLA Relay Project

BELLA, in its most simple form, is a relay designed to allow you to communicate across IRC networks. It consists of a number of functionalities ranging from simple PM relays to channel mirroring across a potentially unlimited number of networks.

BELLA stands for “Bridging Engine Layer, Link Abstraction”. However, it's also the name of an amazing girl… =]

How to access BELLA

BELLA is not accessible via a web browser or its own interface. BELLA is accessible on linked networks via IRC - and goes by the nickname of 'BELLA_Relay'. Simply PM her with your commands and you will get a response.

What commands can I use to interact with BELLA?

Command Description
$status Returns the network load, and general status information.
$networks Returns a list of the currently linked networks.
$scan <username> Scans all networks for the presence of a specific user.
$pm <user>@<networkname> Opens a Private Message Relay with a user on another network.
$endsig Closes a PM relay session.
$disable Tells BELLA to stop mirroring/relaying a channel. Channel ops only.

Admin commands

Command Description
$auth <password> Logs into the relay (admins only).
$link <netname> <address> <port> Connects BELLA to another network.
$join <channel> Connects BELLA to a channel on the network of the admin.
$leave <channel> Makes BELLA leave a channel.
$relay <source>@<network> <dest>@<network> Creates a two-way relay between the two given entities.
$manifest Displays all open relays.
$logout Logs out an admin.

What networks is BELLA linked to?

By the time it is completed, BELLA will be linked to all major networks, and some other niche networks. The following list lists some of the major ones. Note that an up-to-date list can be obtained from BELLA using the $networks command.

  • Cryto-IRC (guaranteed access)
  • Freenode
  • Undernet
  • EFNet
  • Anonops
  • DALNet
  • AUSTNet
  • … and many more that I cannot recall right now.

Where can I obtain the source code?

BELLA is fully written in python and can run natively on any Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris installation with only Python >2.5 installed. It also does not require root access or inbound open ports.

The source code can be downloaded here.

Most functionality is complete, excluding $link, $status, $endsig, $scan, and minor UI things. (as of 10/9/11)

License

BELLA is licensed under the MIT license - meaning you can freely reuse, modify, and redistribute the software, as long as the copyright notice and license text are preserved. Full license text below.

Copyright (C) 2011 by nu11gravity

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal
in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights
to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell
copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in
all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER
LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM,
OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN
THE SOFTWARE.

Credits

Name Task
nu11gravity Lead Developer, Programmer
ShadowDemon Tester, emotional support, IRC Parsing
joepie91 Service hosting (website, tahoe storage grid, IRC - thanks joepie)
FreshWater Emotional Support (dealing with the REAL Bella)
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