ircd-ircu - The Undernet Internet Relay Chat Daemon
- [-t] [-d directory] [-f configfile] [-x debuglevel] [-h
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
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 Macintosh.
- -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
- Instructs the server run in the foreground and to direct
debugging output to standard output.
- 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.
- 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
- -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
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
) 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
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
server if the user is on the SAME UNIX that the ircd
supposed to be running on. If the irc(1)
cannot connect to the
server it will try to start the server on it's own and will then
try to reconnect to the newly booted 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,
(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 email@example.com, the
original author was Jarkko Oikarinen.