Gonib and its environment

Yesterday i plugged in GoNib and now it lives !

Yesteryear I wrote about Nib my Nano Irc Bot. It's my personal assistant which can't talk but at least it doesn't spy on me. It let me do some more or less futile things through IRC.

This script was a pile of different tools glued with bash shell. It worked well but i wanted a smaller and cleaner thing. I decided to code it in Go those last weeks.

Et voilà ! GoNib ! It's still not complete but can do most of what I need now. But this article is more about How I installed it and configured its environment.

Compiling the code

I code it on my main machine which is a classic amd64 computer but I intend to run it on a container in my router. So the first thing to do is to crosscompile it to be able to run on an arm7 architecture. Golang is very well done for this : GOARM=7 GOARCH=arm go build -ldflags="-s -w" gonib.go.

You just need to specify the architecture thanks to the two environment variables. Just for fun I added -s and -w to generate a smaller binary. Not mandatory but it doesn't cost much.

Creating the container

I'm still on my Alpine Linux vibe so I create a 3.8 container on my router. Then I install tmux.

Then I create a service file to automatically start it at boot with this /etc/init.d/tmux :


name="Tmux Init"
command_args="new-session -d -n gonib '/home/nib/gonib -server=irc.geeknode.org'"

depend() {
        need localmount

You then need to put it in the default runlevel with rc-update add tmux and I also removed all other services except crond which will be used for planned actions (like birthdays, todo or else).

I then create the nib user with adduser nib.

I then upload the binary to /home/nib/gonib and make sure it's executable.

Launching the container at boot

In OpenWRT to start containers at boot time, you need to add them in /etc/config/lxc-auto .

Testing it

Let's do it !

lxc-stop -n gonib

lxc-start -n gonib

It works !


Everything works for now \o/

I stopped nib for now but i keep it for now. I'm pretty confident i won't need it.

The nib container used Debian and weight 384MB. The new one using Alpine just require 21.1MB and only eats 10MB of RAM.

Less moving parts, less disk space needed, less ram. It's a good optimization !

Now i just need to wait and see if it works.