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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.  It  currently
       supports Oscar (AIM and ICQ), MSN, Jabber, Yahoo! and Twitter.

       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)