ircd - The IRCD-Hybrid Internet Relay Chat server
ircd [-configfile filename] [-dlinefile filename] [-klinefile
filename] [-xlinefile filename] [-logfile filename] [-pidfile
filename] [-foreground] [-version]
ircd is the server (daemon) program for the Internet Relay Chat
Program. The ircd is a server in that its function is to "serve" the
client program irc(1) and other compatible programs with messages and
commands. All commands and user messages are passed directly to the
ircd for processing and relaying to other IRC servers.
This is ircd-hybrid, the highly modified (and hopefully improved)
variant of the original ircd program by Jarkko Oikarinen.
Specifies the ircd.conf file to be used for this ircd. The
option is used to override the default ircd.conf given at
compile time. By default, this is "etc/ircd.conf" within the
prefix you installed the ircd in.
Specifies the files to be used for D-lines (host bans), K-lines
(hostmask bans), and X-lines (gecos bans), which by default are
within the etc/ directory of your installation prefix as
dline.conf, kline.conf, and xline.conf.
Specifies an alternative logfile to be used than that specified
Specifies the file used by the ircd to store its process ID. The
option is used to override the default ircd.pid given at compile
Makes ircd run in the foreground
Makes ircd print its version, and exit.
If you plan to connect your ircd server to an existing IRC network, you
will need to alter your local IRC configuration file (typically named
"ircd.conf") so that it will accept and make connections to other IRC
servers. This file contains the hostnames, IP addresses, and sometimes
passwords for connections to other ircds around the world.
The example ircd.conf in the etc/ directory documents itself. Read it
carefully or you may expose a risk on your network simply by having
your ircd running!
BOOTING THE SERVER
It is sufficient to type ircd at the command line to start ircd-hybrid
into the background. If you wish to run ircd in the foreground (perhaps
for debugging purposes), use the -foreground parameter.
The ircd-hybrid package in your distribution may ship with an rc-script
which handles this for you. In Debian, it is /etc/init.d/ircd-hybrid.
# ircd -configfile /usr/share/ircd/ircd.conf -logfile /var/log/ircd.log
Starts ircd with the config file /usr/share/ircd/ircd.conf and with a
log file /var/log/ircd.log. It implicitly forks back to the console --
to prevent this use -foreground.
Many of the above paths are hardcoded at compile time in the
include/defaults.h file, so it may be convenient to edit these to suit
your needs before you compile the ircd.
(c) 1988,1989 University of Oulu, Computing Center, Finland,
(c) 1988,1989 Department of Information Processing Science, University
of Oulu, Finland
(c) 1988-1991 Jarkko Oikarinen
(c) 1997-2003 The IRCD-Hybrid project.
For full COPYRIGHT see the LICENSE file within the IRC source package.
If you find a bug and you have a core file from ircd as a result, use a
debugger like gdb(1) to process the core file and send a backtrace to
irc2.8 and earlier: Jarkko Oikarinen, currently firstname.lastname@example.org. See
doc/old/Authors for more credits.
ircd-hybrid-7: the IRCD-Hybrid Project, email@example.com.
Manual page written by Jeff Trim, firstname.lastname@example.org, later
modified by email@example.com.
Updated by W. Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org, Edward Brocklesby,
email@example.com, and highly revised by Joshua Kwan
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Debian distribution.