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 Macintosh.
This option tells the server to change to that directory and use
that as a reference point when opening ircd.conf and other startup
Instructs the server run in the foreground and to direct debugging output to
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
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.
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 /etc/rc.local) file.
Allows the user to manually set the server name at startup. The default
name is hostname.domainname.
This is deprecated in favor of specifying server ports in P: lines.
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
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
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.