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       eggdrop - an IRC bot


       eggdrop [options] [config-file]


       Eggdrop  is  the World’s most popular Internet Relay Chat (IRC) bot; it
       is freely distributable under the GNU  General  Public  License  (GPL).
       Eggdrop  is  a  feature  rich  program  designed  to be easily used and
       expanded upon by both novice and advanced IRC users  on  a  variety  of
       hardware and software platforms.

       An  IRC  bot  is  a  program  that  sits on an IRC channel and preforms
       automated tasks while looking just like a normal user on  the  channel.
       Some  of  these  functions  include  protecting the channel from abuse,
       allowing privileged users to gain op or voice status,  logging  channel
       events, providing information, hosting games, etc.

       One  of  the  features  that makes Eggdrop stand out from other bots is
       module and Tcl scripting support. With scripts  and  modules,  you  can
       make  the  bot  preform  almost any task you want. They can do anything
       from preventing floods to greeting users and banning  advertisers  from

       You can also link multiple Eggdrop bots together to form a botnet. This
       can allow bots to op each other securely, control  floods  efficiently,
       and even link channels across multiple IRC networks. It also allows the
       Eggdrops share user lists, ban lists, exempt/invite lists,  and  ignore
       lists with other bots if userfile sharing is enabled. This allows users
       to have the same access on every bot on your botnet. It also allows the
       bots  to  distribute  tasks  such  as  opping  and  banning  users. See
       doc/BOTNET for information on setting up a botnet.

       Eggdrop needs a config file to run. For an  example,  have  a  look  at
       eggdrop.conf which is distributed with Eggdrop.


       -h     Display a list of command-line options.

       -n     Don’t  background.  Normally,  Eggdrop will move itself into the
              background when you start it  up,  meaning  you’ll  get  another
              shell  prompt,  and  you  can  do  other things while the bot is
              running. With -n, you won’t return to the shell prompt until the
              bot  exits  (which  won’t normally happen until it’s killed). By
              default, -n will send all log entries to the console.

       -nt    Don’t background, use terminal. This is  just  like  -n,  except
              that instead of seeing log entries, your console will simulate a
              DCC chat with the bot.

       -nc    Don’t background, show channel  info.  This  is  just  like  -n,
              except that instead of seeing log entries, every 10 seconds your
              screen will clear and you will see the current  channel  status,
              sort of like "top".

       -m     Create  userfile.  If  you don’t have a userfile, this will make
              Eggdrop create one and give owner status  to  the  first  person
              that introduces himself or herself to it. You’ll need to do this
              when you first set up your bot.

       -v     Show version info, then quit.


              This signal is ignored by Eggdrop and can be used  to  determine
              whether it’s running or not.

              Depending  on  die-on-sigterm  being set to 0 or 1 in the config
              file, Eggdrop will save its user and channel file and/or die.

       SIGHUP Depending on die-on-sighup being set to 0 or  1  in  the  config
              file, Eggdrop will rehash (reload its config file) or die.


              This  variable  can  be  set  to  the language in which you want
              Eggdrop to speak
               to you. It defaults to English, but  German,  French,  Finnish,
              and Danish are supported, too.

              Specifies  the  directory  where  all  your  language  files are
              stored.  The default is ./language.


       irc(1), ircII(1), tclsh(1), ircd(8)

       There is extensive online documentation.  Once you get the bot running,
       open a DCC chat with it, and type: .help

       In   addition,  the  files  in  the  doc/  directory  provide  detailed
       information about how Eggdrop works and how to use it.


       Written by Robey Pointer, the Eggheads  Development  Team  and  various
       others.  See  the  doc/AUTHORS  file  for  all  who contributed and the
       doc/UPDATES1.6 file for further details.


       See doc/BUG-REPORT.

       Bugs   can   either   be   reported   directly    to    BugZilla,    at, or via e-mail to <>.


       Copyright (C) 1997 Robey Pointer
       Copyright (C) 1999 - 2008 Eggheads Development Team

       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.