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       ircd - The Undernet Internet Relay Chat Daemon


       ircd   [-t]   [-d   directory]  [-f  configfile]  [-x  debuglevel]  [-h


       ircd is the Undernet Internet Relay Chat daemon.  ircd is a  server  in
       that its function is to "serve" the client program irc(1) with messages
       and commands.  All commands and user messages are  passed  directly  to
       ircd for processing and relaying to other servers.  irc(1) depends upon
       there being an ircd server running somewhere for it to connect  to  and
       thus allow the user to begin talking to other users.

       There  are  many  common  clients including ircII, EPIC, and BitchX for
       UNIX, mIRC  and  pIRCh  for  Windows,  and  IRCle  and  Homer  for  the


       -d directory
              This option tells the server to change to that directory and use
              that as a reference  point  when  opening  ircd.conf  and  other
              startup files.

       -t     Instructs  the  server  run  in  the  foreground  and  to direct
              debugging output to standard output.

       -x#    Defines the debug level for ircd. The higher  the  debug  level,
              the  more  messages  get directed to debugging file (or standard
              output if the -t option is used).

       -w interface
              This option is deprecated.  Outgoing connections  are  bound  to
              the interface specified in the M: line, and incoming connections
              are accepted only on interfaces specified in the P: lines.

       -f filename
              Specifies the ircd.conf file to be used  for  this  server.  The
              option  is  used  to  override  the  default  ircd.conf given at
              compile time.

       -c     This  flag  must  be  given  if  you  are  running   ircd   from
              /dev/console  or  any other situation where fd 0 isn’t a TTY and
              you want the server to fork off and run in the background.  This
              needs  to  be given if you are starting ircd from an rc (such as
              /etc/rc.local) file.

       -h hostname
              Allows the user to manually set the server name at startup.  The
              default name is hostname.domainname.

       -p portname
              This  is  deprecated  in  favor of specifying server ports in P:


       If you plan to connect your ircd server to an existing IRC network, you
       will  need to alter your local ircd configuration file (typically named
       ircd.conf) so that it will accept and make  connections  to  other  IRC
       servers.   This  file  contains  the  hostnames, network addresses, and
       passwords for connections  to  other  IRC  servers  around  the  world.
       Because  the  description  of the ircd.conf file is beyond the scope of
       this  document,  please  refer  to  the  INSTALL  file  in   the   ircd
       documentation directory.

       BOOTING THE SERVER:  The ircd server can be started as part of the UNIX
       boot procedure or just by placing  the  server  into  Unix  Background.
       Keep  in mind that if it is *not* part of your UNIXES Boot-up procedure
       then you will have to manually start the ircd  server  each  time  your
       UNIX  is  rebooted.   This  means  if your UNIX is prone to crashing or
       going for for repairs a lot it would  make  sense  to  start  the  ircd
       server as part of your UNIX bootup procedure.  In some cases the irc(1)
       will automatically attempt to boot the ircd server if the  user  is  on
       the  SAME  UNIX  that  the  ircd  is supposed to be running on.  If the
       irc(1) cannot connect to the ircd server  it  will  try  to  start  the
       server  on  it’s own and will then try to reconnect to the newly booted
       ircd server.


              tolsun% ircd

       Places ircd into UNIX Background and starts  up  the  server  for  use.
       Note:  You do not have to add the "&" to this command, the program will
       automatically detach itself from tty.


       (c) 1988,1989 University of Oulu, Computing Center, Finland,

       (c) 1988,1989 Department of Information Processing Science,  University
       of Oulu, Finland

       (c) 1988,1989,1990,1991 Jarkko Oikarinen

       For full COPYRIGHT see LICENSE file with IRC package.






       See the file ’BUGS’ included in the distribution.


       The   current   authors   of   the   undernet  IRC  daemon  are  coder-, the original author was Jarkko Oikarinen.

                                 10 July 2000                          IRCD(8)