by kris on 31/12/08 at 6:33 pm
Wikipedia links to ready-to-use Copybot V4 download
by Kris Dibou, part-time bot
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CopyBot – external links section includes open source copybot
So you've visited some of the big stores in SL, and noticed the models who look exactly like avatars, but never say anything; in fact, they may even have a tag over their heads saying 'Bot'. How do they do that?
I am no expert, but through my research I have found that bot programs and similar programs such as SecondInventory, seem to be based on the same program.
What is a bot?
The first thing you need to realize is that a bot is just an avatar. Usually it is an alt and 'bot' status is not necessarily permanent. Hypothetically, you could log into SL on your regular account, turn off the inactivity switch and walk away. Suddenly, you are a bot.
Easiest Course of Action
Of course, you will want to have a bot while you are doing other things with your main character. You can log two or more avs in on your computer if you have the power and memory to handle it all. Simply go to your SL icon, right click and go to properties, and go into the target line. At the end of the target line add a space, two dashes and the word multiple. I will look like this- " –multiple". Now you can open more than one instance of SL on your computer. The downside is massive use of your resources. This brings us to the bot programs.
You need something to run these alts without using up all your resources. This means, generally, no view screen for the bot. There is a program a young lady wrote called AjaxSL which allows you to view SL through a web page and seems to have similar functionality of a bot program; however, she has taken the site down in protest of SL not fixing the TeenGrid ( she was 15 when she wrote the program); so scratch that one. Then there is one called SLeek. Apparently it is possible to modify this, although I haven't gotten that far, but you can login to SL without a screen and stand there, tp, talk, etc, without being able to see anything.
If you want to give your bot artificial intelligence you can purchase bot access through Thoy's Bots for $2,000 an avatar, and he has made it possible to connect to pandorabots.com through it, so your avatar can talk on its own. This doesn't work for MAC's tho…
Making Your Free Bot the Wikipedia Way
Go to the references section at the bottom of the page and click on Copybot 4.0
This will download the program to your computer.
Open SLBots, the program that downloaded. It will first give you a 'you are not registered' error, but open anyway.
Login your Alt(s) and list your main avatar as their master. Then login to SL with your main alt and type 'help' in the bots IM line to get the commands.
Notice to those that have 'eyes': There is much power hidden here – be cautious. Note also that software you download from the Internet may have all sorts of dangerous side effects – viruses, trojans, and other scarey stuff, and the Linden Lab TOS forbids copying other people's intellectual property.