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begiak is the irc bot in the #apertium irc channel. Its primary function is to report svn updates to various relevant repositories. However, it serves some other purposes, including to showcase some applications of the apertium translation API.


Begiak was set up by conor_f for GCI 2012, and several modules were written and fixed by sushain and Qasim. It runs on The code base is the mutantmonkey port to python3 of the phenny bot. Our codebase is currently hosted by Jonathan in his github.

Begiak means "the eyes" in Basque.

Repositories monitored

The following svn repositories are monitored by begiak. Begiak polls for updates when it receives a ping from the server. Also see below for some ways to manually update

AI Features

Begiak recognises the following commands.

Apertium features

These are special apertium-related or #apertium-specific commands, or were designed with apertium in mind.

  • .awik — Search for something on Apertium wiki.
  • .(eth|lg|ethno|logue|ethnologue) lg — Search for information on a desired language (given ISO 639 code or language name)
  • .fight nick — have begiak fight someone for you.
  • .follow nick lg1-lg2 (follower) — Follow someone and translate as they speak. (Translations are sent as notices to the follower (admin only!))
  • .following — List people currently being followed.
  • .hug nick — have begiak hug someone for you.
  • .iso639 lg — look up ISO 639-1, -2 and -3 language codes either by code or by language name. Codes sourced from (639-3) and Wikipedia (-1 and -2)
  • .isodb update — update the local database of ISO 639 codes (admin only!)
  • .isodb status — see if the database updater (.isodb update) is running
  • .listpairs (lg) — List language pairs available for apertium translation
  • .listlangs — List languages available for apertium translation
  • .noexceptions (nick) — Tells someone there aren't ever any exceptions
  • .t ... lg1-lg2 ( | lg2-lg3 ...) — Apertium translate
  • .unfollow nick — Stop following a user.
  • .wikicount lg — Get the number of articles an official or incubated Wikipedia for the specified language has, given a Wikipedia code or partial language name.
  • begiak: esan! — Poll for svn updates ("esan!" means "say!" in Basque)
  • begiak: recent — Get most recent svn updates
  • begiak: info <repo> <rev> — Get information on a given revision of a given SVN or git repository

General features

These are more general-use commands; while many are useful to us in #apertium, they weren't designed specifically for #apertium (though some were hacked to make them more appropriate for #apertium).

  • .8ball — magic 8 ball
  • .away (status) — Sets your status to away
  • .back (status) — Sets your status to being available.
  • .beats — Shows the internet time in Swatch beats
  • .botsnack — Give begiak a snack for being good
  • .c — Query Google calculator
  • .catfacts — Random facts about cats
  • .chill — Measure the current channel chillness level.
  • .choose choice1 choice2 — begiak will choose one of the two options (randomly).
  • .ety — Look up the etymology of a word
  • .fcc callsign — Look up a callsign issued by the FCC
  • .g — Search on Google
  • .gc — Get the number of results on Google
  • .in — Set a reminder
  • .imdb — Search imdb
  • .linx url — Upload url to
  • .npl — Shows the time from NPL's SNTP server
  • .nsfw link - for when a link isn't safe for work
  • .py — Evaluate an expression in python (This runs as a sandboxed web service, not on your computer)
  • .queue — Manage lists.
    • .queue new name [item1, item2 ...] — Make a new queue
    • .queue name — Display a queue
    • .queue delete name — Delete a queue
    • .queue name add item — Add an item
    • .queue name remove item — Remove an item
    • .queue name pop — Pop an item off the queue
    • .queue name swap item1, item2 — Swap two items
  • .seen — When was the last time a user was seen?
  • .slogan word — Sloganize a word
  • .stache url — Moustachify an image
  • .time — Return the current time
  • .title — Get the title of a link
  • .tock — Shows the time from the USNO's atomic clock
  • .u — Search for a unicode character
  • .urb — Query urban dictionary
  • .val url — Check a webpage using the W3C Markup Validator.
  • .w — look up a word on wiktionary
  • .wa — Query Wolfram Alpha
  • .weather — Get the weather for a city
  • .whereis nick — Tells you nick's current status.
  • .wik — Search for something on Wikipedia
  • .wuvt — Find out what radio station WUVT is currently playing
  • .yi — Shows whether it is currently yi or not
  • begiak: tell nick something — Send a message to nick
  • begiak: tell nick message (**pm**) — Tells someone something the next time they say something in a channel begiak is monitoring. The **pm** option has the message sent privately.
  • begiak: "parlez-vous français"? — Translate a phrase (google translate)
  • begiak: reload module — reload a module (admin only!)


These functions/plugins either don't seem to work or need some figuring out:

  • .tfw
  • rule34
  • lastfm
  • mylife (.fml .mlia)
  • oblique


  • find out why the "posted" command isn't working as expected
  • document any command that does not have information
  • show short links to new apertium-stuff posts (like the commits)
  • fix .bot-slap to only be triggered when begiak is mentioned
  • great new users (never seen) with a hello message telling them to idle (able to enable/disable)
  • fix begiak .help to display stuff about Apertium
  • is the githook server automatically loading yet?
  • wiktionary in other languages if there's some way to do it that makes sense (.ety and .w)
  • find an easier way (or clean up the current method) to poll for SVN updates
  • find out why the "fml" command isn't working as expected
  • svn/git: logic of multiple files (display up to 3 filenames; if more than 3 files, display 2 filenames and the message "and X other files" (it should always be plural))
  • svn/git: when updates are received (either by polling or a hook), don't display the time of the update. Maybe have a default dispalyTime=True (or False) in the display function, and adjust the appropriate functions to send the non-default.
  • svn: when multiple updates occur since last poll, display both
  • .botslap


Begiak is controlled by an init script (/etc/init.d/ on bytemark, and can be started, stopped, and restarted by anyone with sudo access.