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IRCII(1L)							     IRCII(1L)

       ircII - interface to the Internet Relay Chat system

       irc  [-c	 chan]	[-p  portno] [-P portno] [-b] [-f] [-F] [-s] [-S] [-t]
       [-T] [-d] [nickname [server list]] [-a] [-v] [-q] [-h hostname ] [-icb]

       The ircII program is a full screen, termcap based interface to Internet
       Relay Chat.  It gives full access to all of the normal  IRC  functions,
       plus a variety of additional options.

       -c chan
	      Automatically join channel chan .

       -p portno
	      Set  the	IRC port number to portno (default: 6667, the standard
	      IRC port).  Only supply this if you connect to  a	 server	 which
	      uses a port other than 6667.

       -P portno
	      Set  the	ICB port number to portno (default: 7326, the standard
	      ICB port).

       -b     Load the .ircrc file before connection to a server,  not	after‐

       -f     Use  flow	 control  (^S and ^Q) to stop/start the display.  Nor‐
	      mally these are both bound to other functions within irc.	  This
	      switch is ignored if the	-d switch is used.

       -F     Don't  use  flow	control (^S and ^Q) to stop start the display.
	      This switch is ignored if the  -d switch is used.

       -s     Don't start up the ircio process to connect to  the  IRC	server

       -S     Start up the ircio process to connect to the IRC server.

       -t     Don't  use  the  termcap	ti  and te sequences when starting and
	      exiting (default).

       -T     Do use the termcap ti and te sequences when starting and exiting
	      if they exist.

       -d     Start  in	 "dumb"	 mode.	All input is taken directly from stdin
	      and all output goes to stdout without using  any	of  the	 term‐
	      cap(5) screen control codes.

	      Set  the	nickname  (overrides the environment variable IRCNICK;
	      default: the username).

       server Set the list of servers with which irc will try to connect  upon
	      startup.	 This  list is also used by the program's /server com‐
	      mand.  The format for lines in the list is:

	      hostname [:portno[:password[:nick]]] for IRC  connections.   For
	      ICB connections, the format is:

	      ICB/hostname  [:portno[::nick[:group[:mode]]]]  with group being
	      the initial group and mode being the initial  group  mode.   See
	      /HELP ICB for more information about ICB.

	      If  the  hostname	 is  in	 the format then
	      servergroup is taken to be the  Server  Group  for  this	server

       -a     This adds the normal irc server list to the command line list of
	      irc servers.

       -v     Print the version and release date of ircII and exit.

       -q     Start up irc quickly -- don't load the IRCRC file.

       -h hostname
	      This option instructs ircII to use the  given  hostname  as  the
	      local address.  Useful only on multi-homed hosts.

       -icb   Use ICB connections by default.

       -irc   Use IRC connections by default.

   The Screen:
       The  screen is split into two parts, separated by an inverse-video sta‐
       tus line (if supported).	 The upper (larger) part of  the  screen  dis‐
       plays  responses	 from the IRC server.  The lower part of the screen (a
       single line) accepts keyboard input.

       Some terminals do not support certain features required	by  ircII,  in
       which  case  you	 receive  a message stating this.  If this occurs, try
       changing the terminal type or run ircII with the -d option.

   Irc Commands:
       Any line beginning with the slash character '/' is regarded as an ircII
       command	(the  command  character  may be changed; type '/help set cmd‐
       char').	Any line not beginning with this character  is	treated	 as  a
       message	to  be	sent  to the current channel.  To produce a listing of
       commands, type '/help ?'.  To receive information  about	 the  commands
       type '/help <command> '.

   The .ircrc File:
       When  ircII  is	executed,  it  checks  the user's home directory for a
       .ircrc file, executing the commands in the file.	 Commands in this file
       do not need to have a leading slash character '/'.  This allows predef‐
       inition of aliases and other features.

       irc -c #users -p 5555
	      Connect IRC to port number 5555 of the default host and enter on
	      channel #users.

       irc Mermaid
	      Use the nickname "Mermaid".

       irc Mermaid server1:5000 server2::passwd server3
	      Use the nickname "Mermaid" and the modified server list.

       irc piglet3
	      Use    the   nickname   "piglet3",   initially   connecting   to, with also	added  to  the
	      server list, both having a server group name "ln".

       irc oink ICB/
	      Use the nick "oink" making an ICB connection to

       irc -d Use dumb mode.

       irc -f Allow use of ^S/^Q to stop/start screen display.

       irc -e elisa
	      Interface IRC with a program called elisa.

       setenv IRCNICK Mermaid
       setenv IRCNAME "The one and only :)"

       irc    Set the username (if not specified elsewhere) to "Mermaid".  The
	      user's name (when provided inside parentheses in response	 to  a
	      WHOIS command) is set to "The one and only :)".

       .../bin/ircII	     the executable program

       ~/.ircrc		     default initialization file

       ~/.irc/		     directory	you  can  put  your  own ircII scripts
			     into, that can then be loaded with /load

       .../lib/irc/	     directory containing  message-of-the-day,	master
			     initialization,  help  files  and	ircII  scripts
			     .../lib/irc/script/global	file  loaded  at   the
			     start of every ircII session.

       All  of	the ircII commands are fully described in the help files pack‐
       age.  The best way to start here is with the /HELP ?  command  as  this
       prints a listing of all available help files.

       ircII handles the following signals

	      Closes all DCC connections and EXEC'ed processes.

	      Drops ircII back to the command line.

       It  can	be  helpful  to	 predefine certain variables in in the .cshrc,
       .profile, or .login file:

	      The user's IRC nickname.

	      The user's IRC realname (otherwise retreived from /etc/passwd)

	      The default IRC server(s) (see server option for details)

	      The file containing the default list of server(s), usually  PRE‐
	      FIX/lib/irc/ircII.servers.   This file should contain one server
	      entry per line.

       HOME   Overrides the default home path in /etc/passwd.

       TERM   The type of terminal in use.

       ircII uses the following files under  the  library  directory,  usually

	      The  initial list of servers if none are provided on the command

	      Message of the day.  This file is displayed only once each  time
	      it is changed.

       irc(1), ircd(8)

       Please notify the current developer of the software of any bugs in cur‐
       rent versions.

       Program written by Michael Sandrof (   Now	 being
       maintained  by  Matthew Green ( Names of contributors
       and contact address can be retrieved with the /info command.  This man‐
       ual  page written by Darren Reed (avalon@coombs.anu.EDU.AU), revised by
       R. P. C. Rodgers (, by the lynX,  and  by
       Matthew Green (

				31 October 2002			     IRCII(1L)

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