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  4. .TH ngircd 8 "Jan 2021" ngIRCd "ngIRCd Manual"
  5. .SH NAME
  6. ngIRCd \- the "next generation" IRC daemon
  8. .B ngircd
  9. [
  10. .I Options
  11. ]
  13. .BR ngIRCd
  14. is a free, portable and lightweight Internet Relay Chat server for small
  15. or private networks, developed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
  16. .PP
  17. The server is quite easy to configure, can handle dynamic IP addresses, and
  18. optionally supports IDENT, IPv6 connections, SSL-protected links, and PAM for
  19. user authentication as well as character set conversion for legacy clients. The
  20. server has been written from scratch and is not based on the "forefather", the
  21. daemon of the IRCNet.
  22. .PP
  23. The name ngIRCd means
  24. .IR "next-generation IRC daemon",
  25. which is a little bit exaggerated:
  26. .IR "lightweight Internet Relay Chat server"
  27. most probably would have been a better name :-)
  28. .PP
  29. Currently supported platforms include AIX, A/UX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, Hurd, IRIX,
  30. Linux, Mac OS X, Minix, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, and Windows with Cygwin.
  31. As ngIRCd relies on UNIX standards and uses GNU automake and GNU autoconf
  32. there are good chances that it also supports other UNIX-based operating
  33. systems as well.
  34. .PP
  35. By default ngIRCd logs diagnostic and informational messages using the syslog
  36. mechanism, or writes directly to the console when running in the foreground
  37. (see below).
  39. The default behavior of
  40. .BR ngircd
  41. is to read its standard configuration file (see below), to detach from the
  42. controlling terminal and to wait for clients.
  43. .PP
  44. You can use these options to modify this default:
  45. .TP
  46. \fB\-f\fR \fIfile\fR, \fB\-\-config\fR \fIfile\fR
  47. Use
  48. .I file
  49. as configuration file.
  50. .TP
  51. \fB\-n\fR, \fB\-\-nodaemon\fR
  52. Don't fork a child and don't detach from controlling terminal.
  53. All log messages go to the console and you can use CTRL-C to
  54. terminate the server.
  55. .TP
  56. \fB\-p\fR, \fB\-\-passive\fR
  57. Disable automatic connections to other servers. You can use the IRC command
  58. CONNECT later on as IRC Operator to link this ngIRCd to other servers.
  59. .TP
  60. \fB\-t\fR, \fB\-\-configtest\fR
  61. Read, validate and display the configuration; then exit.
  62. .TP
  63. \fB\-V\fR, \fB\-\-version\fR
  64. Output version information and exit.
  65. .TP
  66. \fB\-h\fR, \fB\-\-help\fR
  67. Display a brief help text and exit.
  68. .SH FILES
  69. .I :ETCDIR:/ngircd.conf
  70. .RS
  71. The system wide default configuration file.
  72. .RE
  73. .I :ETCDIR:/ngircd.motd
  74. .RS
  75. Default "message of the day" (MOTD).
  76. .RE
  78. The daemon understands the following signals:
  79. .TP
  80. \fBTERM\fR
  81. Shut down all connections and terminate the daemon.
  82. .TP
  83. \fBHUP\fR
  84. Shut down all listening sockets, re-read the configuration file and
  85. re-initialize the daemon.
  86. .SH HINTS
  87. It's wise to use "ngircd \-\-configtest" to validate the configuration file
  88. after changing it.
  90. When ngIRCd is compiled with debug code, that is, its source code has
  91. been ./configure'd with "\-\-enable\-debug" and/or "\-\-enable\-sniffer" (witch
  92. enables debug mode automatically as well), you can use two more command
  93. line options and two more signals to debug problems with the daemon itself
  94. or IRC clients:
  95. .PP
  96. \fBOptions:\fR
  97. .TP
  98. \fB\-d\fR, \fB\-\-debug\fR
  99. Enable debug mode and log extra messages.
  100. .TP
  101. \fB\-s\fR, \fB\-\-sniffer\fR
  102. Enable IRC protocol sniffer, which logs all sent and received IRC commands to
  103. the console/syslog. This option requires that ngIRCd has been ./configure'd
  104. with "\-\-enable\-sniffer" and enables debug mode automatically, too.
  105. .PP
  106. \fBSignals:\fR
  107. .TP
  108. \fBUSR1\fR
  109. Toggle debug mode on and off during runtime.
  110. .TP
  111. \fBUSR2\fR
  112. Dump internal server state to the console/syslog when debug mode is on (use
  113. command line option \-\-debug or signal USR1).
  114. .SH AUTHORS
  115. Alexander Barton, <>
  116. .br
  117. Florian Westphal, <>
  118. .PP
  119. Homepage:
  120. .SH "SEE ALSO"
  121. .BR ngircd.conf (5),
  122. .BR ircd (8)
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