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       ircII - interface to the Internet Relay Chat system


       irc  [-c  chan]  [-p  portno] [-P portno] [-b] [-f] [-F] [-s] [-S] [-t]
       [-T] [-d] [nickname [server list]] [-a] [-v] [-q] [-h hostname ] [-icb]


       The ircII program is a full screen, termcap based interface to Internet
       Relay Chat.  It gives full access to all of the normal  IRC  functions,
       plus a variety of additional options.


       -c chan
              Automatically join channel chan .

       -p portno
              Set  the  IRC port number to portno (default: 6667, the standard
              IRC port).  Only supply this if you connect to  a  server  which
              uses a port other than 6667.

       -P portno
              Set  the  ICB port number to portno (default: 7326, the standard
              ICB port).

       -b     Load  the  .ircrc  file  before  connection  to  a  server,  not

       -f     Use  flow  control  (^S  and  ^Q)  to  stop/start  the  display.
              Normally these are both bound to  other  functions  within  irc.
              This switch is ignored if the  -d switch is used.

       -F     Don’t  use  flow  control (^S and ^Q) to stop start the display.
              This switch is ignored if the  -d switch is used.

       -s     Don’t start up the ircio process to connect to  the  IRC  server

       -S     Start up the ircio process to connect to the IRC server.

       -t     Don’t  use  the  termcap  ti  and te sequences when starting and
              exiting (default).

       -T     Do use the termcap ti and te sequences when starting and exiting
              if they exist.

       -d     Start  in  "dumb"  mode.  All input is taken directly from stdin
              and  all  output  goes  to  stdout  without  using  any  of  the
              termcap(5) screen control codes.

              Set  the  nickname  (overrides the environment variable IRCNICK;
              default: the username).

       server Set the list of servers with which irc will try to connect  upon
              startup.   This  list  is  also  used  by  the program’s /server
              command.  The format for lines in the list is:

              hostname [:portno[:password[:nick]]] for IRC  connections.   For
              ICB connections, the format is:

              ICB/hostname  [:portno[::nick[:group[:mode]]]]  with group being
              the initial group and mode being the initial  group  mode.   See
              /HELP ICB for more information about ICB.

              If  the  hostname  is  in  the format then
              servergroup is taken to be the  Server  Group  for  this  server

       -a     This adds the normal irc server list to the command line list of
              irc servers.

       -v     Print the version and release date of ircII and exit.

       -q     Start up irc quickly -- don’t load the IRCRC file.

       -h hostname
              This option instructs ircII to use the  given  hostname  as  the
              local address.  Useful only on multi-homed hosts.

       -icb   Use ICB connections by default.

       -irc   Use IRC connections by default.


   The Screen:
       The  screen  is  split  into  two  parts, separated by an inverse-video
       status line (if supported).  The upper  (larger)  part  of  the  screen
       displays  responses  from the IRC server.  The lower part of the screen
       (a single line) accepts keyboard input.

       Some terminals do not support certain features required  by  ircII,  in
       which  case  you  receive  a message stating this.  If this occurs, try
       changing the terminal type or run ircII with the -d option.

   Irc Commands:
       Any line beginning with the slash character ’/’ is regarded as an ircII
       command  (the  command  character  may  be  changed;  type  ’/help  set
       cmdchar’).  Any line not beginning with this character is treated as  a
       message  to  be  sent  to the current channel.  To produce a listing of
       commands, type ’/help ?’.  To receive information  about  the  commands
       type ’/help <command>.

   The .ircrc File:
       When  ircII  is  executed,  it  checks  the user’s home directory for a
       .ircrc file, executing the commands in the file.  Commands in this file
       do  not  need  to  have  a  leading  slash  character ’/’.  This allows
       predefinition of aliases and other features.


       irc -c #users -p 5555
              Connect IRC to port number 5555 of the default host and enter on
              channel #users.

       irc Mermaid
              Use the nickname "Mermaid".

       irc Mermaid server1:5000 server2::passwd server3
              Use the nickname "Mermaid" and the modified server list.

       irc piglet3
              Use    the   nickname   "piglet3",   initially   connecting   to
    , with also  added  to  the
              server list, both having a server group name "ln".

       irc oink ICB/
              Use the nick "oink" making an ICB connection to

       irc -d Use dumb mode.

       irc -f Allow use of ^S/^Q to stop/start screen display.

       irc -e elisa
              Interface IRC with a program called elisa.

       setenv IRCNICK Mermaid
       setenv IRCNAME "The one and only :)"

       irc    Set the username (if not specified elsewhere) to "Mermaid".  The
              user’s name (when provided inside parentheses in response  to  a
              WHOIS command) is set to "The one and only :)".


       /usr/bin/ircII        the executable program

       ~/.ircrc              default initialization file

       ~/.irc/               directory  you  can  put  your  own ircII scripts
                             into, that can then be loaded with /load

       /etc/irc/             directory containing  message-of-the-day,  master
                             initialization,  help  files  and  ircII  scripts
                             /etc/irc/script/local     is      the      master
                             initialization  file  for the site, loaded before
                             .ircrc is.  This is a Debian GNU/Linux  conffile.
                             /usr/share/ircII/  shared  repository  for  help,
                             translation tables and distributed scripts.


       All of the ircII  commands  are  fully  described  in  the  help  files
       package.   The  best  way to start here is with the /HELP ?  command as
       this prints a listing of all available help files.


       ircII handles the following signals

              Closes all DCC connections and EXECed processes.

              Drops ircII back to the command line.


       It can be helpful to predefine certain  variables  in  in  the  .cshrc,
       .profile, or .login file:

              The user’s IRC nickname.

              The user’s IRC realname (otherwise retreived from /etc/passwd)

              The default IRC server(s) (see server option for details)

              The  file  containing  the  default  list  of server(s), usually
              PREFIX/lib/irc/ircII.servers.   This  file  should  contain  one
              server entry per line.

       HOME   Overrides the default home path in /etc/passwd.

       TERM   The type of terminal in use.


       ircII  uses  the  following  files under the library directory, usually

              The initial list of servers if none are provided on the  command

              Message  of the day.  This file is displayed only once each time
              it is changed.




       Please notify the current developer of the  software  of  any  bugs  in
       current versions.


       Program  written  by Michael Sandrof (  Now being
       maintained  by  Matthew  Green  (  Debian   specific
       extensions  by the Debian Maintainer Bernd Eckenfels (
       Names of contributors and contact address can  be  retrieved  with  the
       /info   command.    This   manual   page   written   by   Darren   Reed
       (avalon@coombs.anu.EDU.AU),   revised   by    R.    P.    C.    Rodgers
       (,  by  the  lynX,  and  by Matthew Green

                                31 October 2002