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       dicod - GNU dictionary server


       dicod [-ETVfist] [-D SYMBOL[=VALUE]] [-I DIR] [-L DIR] [-x LEVEL-SPEC] [--config=FILE]
       [--config-help] [--debug=LEVEL-SPEC] [--define=SYMBOL[=VALUE]] [--foreground]
       [--include-dir=DIR] [--inetd] [--lib-dir=DIR] [--lint] [--no-preprocessor]
       [--no-transcript] [--preprocessor=PROG] [--single-process] [--source-info] [--stderr]
       [--syslog] [--trace-grammar] [--trace-lex] [--transcript]

       dicod [OPTIONS] -r|--runtest MODULE [ARG...] [-- ARG...]

       dicod -h

       dicod --help

       dicod --usage

       dicod --version


       This  manpage  is  a short description of GNU dicod.  For a detailed discussion, including
       examples and usage recommendations, refer to the GNU  Dico  Manual  available  in  texinfo
       format.   If  the  info  reader  and GNU Dico documentation are properly installed on your
       system, the command

           info dico

       should give you access to the complete manual.

       You can also view the manual using the info mode  in  emacs(1),  or  find  it  in  various
       formats online at


       If  any  discrepancies occur between this manpage and the GNU Dico Manual, the later shall
       be considered the authoritative source.


       Dicod is a dictionary server daemon.  It implements the DICT protocol defined in RFC 2229.

       Dicod is a part of GNU Dico, a package that provides, apart from the server itself, a  set
       of loadable modules and a command line client program dico(1).

       Upon  startup,  the  server  reads  its  configuration  file  /etc/dicod.conf,  loads  and
       initializes the dictionary modules defined there and starts serving requests.

       When started in daemon mode (which is the default), dicod listens for incoming connections
       on  sockets  requested  in  its  configuration.   When an incoming connection arrives, the
       server spawns a copy of itself dedicated for serving that particular  connection.   Unless
       configured otherwise, in this mode dicod detaches itself from the controlling terminal and
       operates in background.

       In inetd mode the server listens on DICT requests on its standard input stream  and  sends
       replies  to  its standard output stream.  As the name indicates, this mode is intended for
       use with inetd(8) or a similar daemon.


   Program Mode
       -E     Preprocess configuration file and exit.  See the section PREPROCESSOR below.

       -i, --inetd
              Run in inetd mode.

       -t, --lint
              Check configuration file syntax and exit.

       -r, --runtest
              Run unit tests for module.  The arguments that follow  this  option  are  collected
              into  two  arrays:  arguments  up  to  the  -- marker (or end of line, if it is not
              present) form the vector that is passed to the module's dico_run_test function.  If
              the  --  marker  is present, arguments that follow it are collected into a separate
              argument vector starting from slot 1, its 0th element is set to point to the module
              name and the resulting vector is passed to the dico_init function of the module.

              When  running  unit  tests, configuration file is ignored.  The diagnostic messages
              are printed to the standard error output.

              Read configuration from FILE, instead of /etc/dicod.conf.

       -f, --foreground
              Operate in foreground.

       -s, --single-process
              In  daemon  mode,  process  connections  in  the  main  process,  without  starting
              subprocesses for each connection.  This means that the daemon is able to serve only
              one client at a time.  This option is intended for debugging purposes only.   Never
              use it in production environment.

              Output diagnostic to stderr.  Useful only together with --foreground.

              After successful startup, output any diagnostic to syslog.  This is the default.

       -T, --transcript
              Enable  session  transcripts.  This instructs dicod to log all commands it receives
              and all responses it sends during  the  session.   Transcript  is  logged  via  the
              default logging channel.  If syslog is enabled, the debug priority is used.

              Disable session transcript.

              Include source line information in the debugging output.

              Trace configuration file parser.

              Trace configuration file lexer.

       -x, --debug=NUMBER
              Set  debug  verbosity  level.   The  argument  is  an  integer  ranging  from 0 (no
              debugging, default) to 100 (maximum debugging information).

   Preprocessor Control
       -D, --define=SYMBOL[=VALUE]
              Define preprocessor symbol SYMBOL.  Optional VALUE supplies the new  symbol  value.
              This option is passed to the preprocessor verbatim.

       -I, --include-dir=DIR
              Add  the  directory  DIR to the list of directories to be searched for preprocessor
              include files.

              Do not use external preprocessor.

              Use PROG as a preprocessor for configuration file.

   Additional information options
              Show a summary of configuration file syntax and available statements.

       -V, --version
              Print program version.

       -h, --help
              Print a short summary of command line options.

              Display a short usage message.


       Prior to parsing, dicod configuration file is preprocessed using  m4(1).   It  is  invoked
       with  `-s' flag, instructing it to include line synchronization information in its output.
       This information is then used by the parser to display meaningful diagnostic.

       The include path is set initially to the following two directories:


       It can be further modified using the -I (--include-directory) command line option.

       If the file pp-setup is found in the include path, it is sourced before the  configuration
       file.  This can be used to provide macros and constants for the configuration.

       The  default  pp-setup  file  changes  the quote characters to [ and ], and renames all m4
       built-in macros so they start with the prefix m4_.  The latterr has the effect similar  to
       that  of  GNU m4 --prefix-builtin option, but has an advantage that it works with other m4
       implementations as well.

       Additional definitions can also be provided from the command line using the -D  (--define)

       To view preprocessed configuration, use the -E option.  It prints the preprocessed text on
       the standard output.

       To disable preprocessing, use the --no-preprocessor option.


       dicod.conf(5), dico(1), RFC 2229.

       Complete GNU Dico manual: run info dico or use emacs(1) info mode to read it.

       Online copies of GNU Dico documentation in various formats can be found at:



       Sergey Poznyakoff


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       Copyright © 2008-2018 Sergey Poznyakoff
       License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
       This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.  There is NO  WARRANTY,
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