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       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.


       -configfile filename
              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.

       -dlinefile filename

       -klinefile filename

       -xlinefile filename
              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.

       -logfile filename
              Specifies an alternative logfile to be used than that  specified
              in defaults.h

       -pidfile filename
              Specifies the file used by the ircd to store its process ID. The
              option is used to override the default 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!


       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 See
       doc/old/Authors for more credits.

       ircd-hybrid-7: the IRCD-Hybrid Project,

       Manual  page  written  by  Jeff  Trim,,  later
       modified by

       Updated   by   W.  Campbell,,  Edward  Brocklesby,,  and  highly  revised  by  Joshua  Kwan
       ( for the Debian distribution.