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
This is ircd-hybrid, the highly modified (and hopefully improved)
variant of the original ircd program by Jarkko Oikarinen.
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.
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.
Specifies an alternative logfile to be used than that specified in defaults.h
Specifies the file used by the ircd to store its process ID. The option is
used to override the default ircd.pid given at compile time.
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
BOOTING THE SERVER
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
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.