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ircd - The Internet Relay Chat Program Server
ircd [ -abcioqst ] [ -f configfile ] [ -x debuglevel ] [ -h hostname
] [ -T tunefile ] [ -p mode ]
ircd is the server (daemon) program for the Internet Relay Chat
Program. The ircd is a server in that its function is to "serve" the
client program irc(1) with messages and commands. All commands and
user messages are passed directly to the ircd for processing and
relaying to other ircd sites. The irc(1) program depends upon there
being an ircd server running somewhere (either on your local UNIX site
or a remote ircd site) so that it will have somewhere to connect to and
thus allow the user to begin talking to other users.
ircd will reread its configuration file whenever it received a hangup
Sending an interrupt signal to ircd process will cause it to restart.
-a Instructs the server to automatically die off if it loses all
-b If the ircd.tune file is corrupted, by default the server will
not start. This option will make the server start anyways, with
the default values (ignoring the corrupted file).
-c This flag must be given if you are running ircd from
/dev/console or any other situation where fd 0 isnt a tty and
you want the server to fork off and run in the background. This
needs to be given if you are starting ircd from an rc (such as
-i The server was started by inetd and it should start accepting
connections from standard input. The following inetd.conf-line
could be used to start up ircd automatically when needed:
ircd stream tcp wait irc /etc/ircd ircd -i
allows inetd to start up ircd on request.
-q Using this option stops the server from doing DNS lookups on all
the servers in your ircd.conf file when it boots. This can take
a lengthy amount of time if you have a large number of servers
and they are not all close by.
-s When this option is specified, iauth will not be started. This
means that the IRC daemon will perform "ident lookups" (RFC
1413) internally to attempt to authenticate incoming
connections. No other authentication mechanism will be used.
-t Instructs the server to direct debugging output to standard
Specifies the ircd.conf file to be used for this ircdaemon. The
option is used to override the default ircd.conf given at
-x # Defines the debuglevel for ircd. The higher the debuglevel, the
more stuff gets directed to debugging file (or standard output
if -t option was used as well).
Allows the user to manually set the server name at startup. The
default name is hostname.domainname.
Specify whether the server should enable built-in protections
against various type of user abuse that is commonly found on big
public networks. Possible modes are strict (default), on and
off. The strict option enables the protections, and refuses to
establish a link to a server not running with this option. This
is useful to force all servers on an IRC network to enable them.
Specifies the ircd.tune file to be used for this ircdaemon. The
option is used to override the default ircd.tune given at
compile time. If no tune file is given, reading and writing of
tune file is disabled.
-v This option prevents the server from starting, and dumps some
information about the version instead.
If you plan to connect your ircd server to an existing Irc-Network,
you will need to alter your local IRC CONFIGURATION FILE
(typically named "ircd.conf") so that it will accept and make
connections to other ircd servers. This file contains the
hostnames, Network Addresses, and sometimes passwords for
connections to other ircds around the world. Because
description of the actual file format of the "ircd.conf" file is
beyond the scope of this document, please refer to the file
INSTALL in the IRC source files documentation directory.
BOOTING THE SERVER: The ircd server can be started as part of the UNIX
boot procedure or just by placing the server into Unix Background.
Keep in mind that if it is *not* part of your UNIXES Boot-up procedure
then you will have to manually start the ircd server each time your
UNIX is rebooted. This means if your UNIX is prone to crashing or
going for for repairs a lot it would make sense to start the ircd
server as part of your UNIX bootup procedure. In some cases the irc(1)
will automatically attempt to boot the ircd server if the user is on
the SAME UNIX that the ircd is supposed to be running on. If the
irc(1) cannot connect to the ircd server it will try to start the
server on it’s own and will then try to reconnect to the newly booted
Places ircd into UNIX Background and starts up the server for use.
Note: You do not have to add the "&" to this command, the program will
automatically detach itself from tty.
tolsun% ircd -v
ircd 2.9.3 AaCDEfFHiIkMsu_V1
zlib not used
Tue Apr 1 1997 at 20:17:50 EDT #1
This indicates that this binary is the version 2.9.3 of the software.
AaCDEfFHiIkMsu_V1 are the compile time options which were used. This
binary does not support compression of server-server links (does not
use zlib) and was compiled on April the 1st.
(c) 1988,1989 University of Oulu, Computing Center, Finland,
(c) 1988,1989 Department of Information Processing Science, University
of Oulu, Finland
(c) 1988,1989,1990,1991 Jarkko Oikarinen
For full COPYRIGHT see LICENSE file with IRC package.
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Jarkko Oikarinen, currently email@example.com, manual page written by
Jeff Trim, firstname.lastname@example.org, later modified by
$Date: 2004/11/16 16:59:19 $ IRCD(8)