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ngIRCd - the next generation IRC daemon
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ngIRCd is a free open source daemon for the Internet Relay Chat (IRC),
developed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
It's written from scratch and is not based upon the original IRCd like
many others. It is easy to configure, supports server links (even with
original ircd's) and runs on hosts with changing IP addresses (such as
Currently supported platforms include AIX, A/UX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IRIX,
Linux, Mac OS X, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, and Windows with Cygwin.
As ngIRCd relies on UNIX standards and uses GNU automake and GNU
autoconf there are good chances that it also supports other UNIX-based
operating systems as well. By default, ngIRCd writes diagnostic and
informational messages using the syslog mechanism.
The default behavior of ngircd is to read its standard configuration
file (see below), to detach from the controlling terminal and to wait
You can use these options to modify this default:
-f file, --config file
Use file as configuration file.
Don't fork a child and don't detach from controlling terminal.
All log messages go to the console and you can use CTRL-C to
terminate the server.
Disable automatic connections to other servers. You can use the
IRC command CONNECT later on as IRC Operator to link this ngIRCd
to other servers.
Read, validate and display the configuration; then exit.
Output version information and exit.
Display a brief help text and exit.
The system wide default configuration file.
Default "message of the day" (MOTD).
The daemon understands the following signals:
TERM Shut down all connections and terminate the daemon.
HUP Shut down all listening sockets, re-read the configuration file
and re-initialize the daemon.
It's wise to use "ngircd --configtest" to validate the configuration
file after changing it.
When ngIRCd is compiled with debug code, that is, its source code has
been ./configure'd with "--enable-debug" and/or "--enable-sniffer"
(witch enables debug mode automatically as well), you can use two more
command line options and two more signals to debug problems with the
daemon itself or IRC clients:
Enable debug mode and log extra messages.
Enable IRC protocol sniffer, which logs all sent and received
IRC commands to the console/syslog. This option requires that
ngIRCd has been ./configure'd with "--enable-sniffer" and
enables debug mode automatically, too.
USR1 Toggle debug mode on and off during runtime.
USR2 Dump internal server state to the console/syslog when debug mode
is on (use command line option --debug or signal USR1).
Alexander Barton, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Florian Westphal, <email@example.com>