Irssi 1.2.0 OTR Migration Path
Posted on February 12th 2019
With the release of Irssi 1.2.0 we now bundle the OTR plug-in as part of the
Irssi source code. During the import phase of the
irssi-otr codebase we fixed a
number of issues, but one of them caused us to break backwards compatibility
With the updated OTR implementation the secret keys of the user is no longer
stored with an account name of
$nickname@$server (for example:
firstname.lastname@example.org), but is rather stored with the network (or chatnet if
you like) name from Irssi (for example:
Freenode). This should remove the
issue that some users have reported where if they connect to another server on
a given network the OTR implementation generates new keys for you.
You can see your list of OTR keys in Irssi using
This requires a bit of manual work, but if you look at your
directory you should have 3 files:
otr.fp- containing the fingerprints of your OTR buddies.
otr.instag- containing the tags from OTR.
otr.key- containing your secret keys.
otr.key you should manually open these files and modify the
old strings to the new format. The
otr.key file is the most important one
since it contains the secret key material. The file contains an s-expression
like structure where the account name key can be found in the
name-goes-here) tuple. The
otr.fp file contains a list of known
fingerprints. Correct the account name from your preview keys there as well.