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       BitlBee - IRC gateway to IM chat networks


       bitlbee [-I] [-c configuration file] [-d configuration directory]

       bitlbee  -D  [-i  address] [-p port number] [-n] [-v] [-c configuration
       file] [-d configuration directory]

       bitlbee -h


       BitlBee is an IRC daemon that can talk to  instant  messaging  networks
       and  acts as a gateway. Users can connect to the server with any normal
       IRC client and see their ’buddy list’ in &bitlbee.  BitlBee’s  protocol
       support  is  based  on  the  gaim  protocol  plugins. BitlBee currently
       supports Oscar (aim and icq), MSN, Jabber and Yahoo.

       bitlbee should be called by inetd(8), or you can run  it  as  a  stand-
       alone daemon.


       -I     Run  in  inetd(8) mode. This is the default setting, you usually
              don’t have to specify this option.

       -D     Run  in  daemon  mode.  In  this  mode,  BitlBee  forks  to  the
              background  and  waits  for new connections. All clients will be
              served from one process.

       -F     Run in ForkDaemon mode. This is similar to ordinary daemon mode,
              but  every  client  gets  its own process. Easier to set up than
              inetd mode, and without the possible stability issues.

       -i address
              Only useful when running in daemon mode, to specify the  network
              interface  (identified by IP address) to which the daemon should
              attach. Use this if you don’t want BitlBee to  listen  on  every
              interface (which is the default behaviour).

       -p port number
              Only  useful  when  running  in daemon mode, to specify the port
              number on which BitlBee should listen for connections.  6667  is
              the default value.

       -n     Only  useful  when  running in daemon mode. This option prevents
              BitlBee from forking into the background.

       -v     Be more verbose. This only works together with the -n flag.

       -c path to other configuration file
              Use a different configuration file.

       -d path to user settings directory
              BitlBee   normally    saves    every    user’s    settings    in
              /var/lib/bitlbee/.  If  you  want  the  settings  to  be  stored
              somewhere else (for example, if you don’t have write permissions
              in the default location), use this option.

       -h     Show help information.


       To  get  a  complete  list  of  commands,  please use the help commands
       command in the &bitlbee channel.


       ircd(8), inetd(8), inetd.conf(5), gaim(1).

       For more information on using BitlBee, once connected, you  should  use
       the on-line help system.


       Of  course  there  are  bugs.  If  you find some, please report them at


       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under  the  terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
       Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at  your
       option) any later version.

       This  program  is  distributed  in the hope that it will be useful, but
       WITHOUT  ANY  WARRANTY;  without   even   the   implied   warranty   of
       General Public License for more details.

       You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
       with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
       59 Temple PLace, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA


        Wilmer van der Gaast <>
        Jelmer Vernooij <>
        Maurits Dijkstra <>

                                 07 March 2004                      bitlbee(8)