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       ngircd.conf - configuration file of ngIRCd




       ngircd.conf  is  the configuration file of the ngircd(8) Internet Relay
       Chat (IRC) daemon which you should adept to your local preferences  and


       The file consists of sections and parameters. A section begins with the
       name of the section in square brackets and  continues  until  the  next
       section begins.

       Sections contain parameters of the form

              name = value

       Empty  lines  and  any  line beginning with a semicolon (’;’) or a hash
       (’#’) character are treated as a comment and will be  ignored.  Leading
       and trailing whitespaces are trimmed before any processing takes place.

       The file format is line-based - that  means,  each  non-empty  newline-
       terminated  line  represents  either  a  comment,  a section name, or a

       Section and parameter names are not case sensitive.


       The file can  contain  blocks  of  four  types:  [Global],  [Operator],
       [Server], and [Channel].

       The main configuration of the server is stored in the [Global] section,
       like the server name, administrative information and the ports on which
       the  server  should  be  listening.  IRC  operators  of this server are
       defined in [Operator] blocks.  [Server] is  the  section  where  server
       links  are  configured. And [Channel] blocks are used to configure pre-
       defined ("persistent") IRC channels.

       There can be more than one [Operator], [Server] and [Channel]  sections
       per configuration file, but only one [Global] section.


       The  [Global]  section is used to define the server main configuration,
       like the server name and the  ports  on  which  the  server  should  be

       Name   Server  name  in  the IRC network, must contain at least one dot

       Info   Info text of the server. This will be shown by WHOIS  and  LINKS
              requests for example.

       AdminInfo1, AdminInfo2, AdminEMail
              Information  about the server and the administrator, used by the
              ADMIN command.

       Ports  Ports on which the server should listen. There may be more  than
              one port, separated with ’,’. Default: 6667.

       Listen A  comma seperated list of IP address on which the server should
              listen.  If unset, the  defaults  value  is  "",  or,  if
              ngircd  was  compiled  with  IPv6  support, "::,", so the
              server listens on all configured IP addresses and interfaces  by

              Text  file  with  the  "message of the day" (MOTD). This message
              will be shown to all users connecting to the server.

              A simple Phrase (<256 chars) if you don’t want  to  use  a  MOTD
              file.  If it is set no MotdFile will be read at all which can be
              handy if the daemon should run inside a chroot directory.

              User ID under which the server should run; you can use the  name
              of the user or the numerical ID.

              For  this  to  work  the server must have been started with root
              privileges! In addition, the configuration and MOTD  files  must
              be  readable  by  this  user, otherwise RESTART and REHASH won’t

              Group ID under which the ngIRCd should run; you can use the name
              of the group or the numerical ID.

              For  this  to  work  the server must have been started with root

              A directory to chroot in  when  everything  is  initialized.  It
              doesn’t  need  to be populated if ngIRCd is compiled as a static
              binary. By default ngIRCd won’t use the chroot() feature.

              For this to work the server must have  been  started  with  root

              This  tells  ngIRCd  to  write its current process ID to a file.
              Note that the pidfile is written AFTER chroot and switching  the
              user  ID,  i.  e.  the  directory the pidfile resides in must be
              writeable by the ngIRCd user and exist in the  chroot  directory
              (if configured, see above).

              After <PingTimeout> seconds of inactivity the server will send a
              PING to the peer to test whether it is alive  or  not.  Default:

              If  a  client  fails  to  answer  a  PING  with  a  PONG  within
              <PongTimeout> seconds, it will be disconnected  by  the  server.
              Default: 20.

              The  server  tries  every  <ConnectRetry> seconds to establish a
              link to not yet (or no longer) connected servers. Default: 60.

              Should IRC Operators be allowed to use the MODE command even  if
              they are not(!) channel-operators? Default: no.

              If  OperCanUseMode  is  enabled, this may lead the compatibility
              problems with Servers that  run  the  ircd-irc2  Software.  This
              Option  "masks"  mode  requests  by  non-chanops as if they were
              coming from the server. Default: no.

              If enabled, no new channels can be created. Useful if you do not
              want  to  have  channels  other than those defined in the config
              file.  Default: No.

       NoDNS  If enabled, ngircd  will  not  make  DNS  lookups  when  clients
              connect.   If  you configure ngircd to connect to other servers,
              ngircd may still perform a DNS lookup if required.  Default: No.

              Set this to no if you do not want ngircd to connect to other irc
              servers using ipv4.  This allows  use  of  ngircd  in  ipv6-only
              setups.  Default: Yes.

              Set this to no if you do not want ngircd to connect to other irc
              servers using ipv6.  Default: Yes.

              Maximum number of simultaneous connection the server is  allowed
              to accept (0: unlimited). Default: 0.

              Maximum  number  of  simultaneous  connections  from a single IP
              address  that  the  server  will  accept  (0:  unlimited).  This
              configuration  options  lowers  the  risk  of  denial of service
              attacks (DoS). Default: 5.

              Maximum number of channels a  user  can  be  member  of  (0:  no
              limit).  Default: 10.

              Maximum  length  of  an  user  nick  name (Default: 9, as in RFC
              2812). Please note that all servers in an IRC network  MUST  use
              the same maximum nick name length!


       [Operator] sections are used to define IRC Operators. There may be more
       than one [Operator] block, one for each local operator.

       Name   ID of the operator (may be different of the nick name).

              Password of the IRC operator.

       Mask   Mask that is to be checked before an /OPER for this  account  is
              accepted.  Example: nick!ident@*


       Other  servers  are configured in [Server] sections. If you configure a
       port for the connection, then this ngIRCd tries to connect  to  to  the
       other server on the given port (active); if not, it waits for the other
       server to connect (passive).

       ngIRCd supports "server groups": You can assign an "ID" to every server
       with which you want this ngIRCd to link, and the daemon ensures that at
       any given time only one direct link exists to servers with the same ID.
       So  if a server of a group won’t answer, ngIRCd tries to connect to the
       next server in the given group (="with the same ID"), but  never  tries
       to connect to more than one server of this group simultaneously.

       There may be more than one [Server] block.

       Name   IRC name of the remote server.

       Host   Internet host name (or IP address) of the peer.

       Bind   IP  address  to  use  as  source IP for the outgoing connection.
              Default ist to let the operating system decide.

       Port   Port of  the  remote  server  to  which  ngIRCd  should  connect
              (active).   If  no  port is assigned to a configured server, the
              daemon only waits for incoming connections (passive).

              Own password for  this  connection.  This  password  has  to  be
              configured  as "PeerPassword" on the other server. Must not have
              ’:’ as first character.

              Foreign password for this connection. This password  has  to  be
              configured as "MyPassword" on the other server.

       Group  Group of this server (optional).

              Disable  automatic  connection  even if port value is specified.
              Default: false.  You can use the IRC  Operator  command  CONNECT
              later on to create the link.


       Pre-defined  channels  can  be  configured  in [Channel] sections. Such
       channels are created by the server when starting up  and  even  persist
       when there are no more members left.

       Persistent  channels are marked with the mode ’P’, which can be set and
       unset by IRC operators like other modes on the fly.

       There may be more than one [Channel] block.

       Name   Name of the channel, including channel prefix ("#").

       Topic  Topic for this channel.

       Modes  Initial channel modes.

       Key    Sets initial channel key (only relevant if mode k is set).

              Set maximum user limit for this channel (only relevant if mode l
              is set).


       It’s  wise  to  use "ngircd --configtest" to validate the configuration
       file after changing it. See ngircd(8) for details.


       Alexander Barton,