IRCII(1) BSD General Commands Manual IRCII(1)
ircII -- interface to the Internet Relay Chat system
irc [-abdFfqrSsTtv] [-c chan] [-D level] [-e protocol level]
[-H host[:port]] [-h host[:port]] [-I ircrcquick] [-icb] [-irc]
[-l ircrc] [-o file] [-P portno] [-p portno] [-R host[:port]]
[nickname [server list]] [--]
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.
The following options are supported:
-a This adds the normal irc server list to the command
line list of irc servers.
-b Load the .ircrc file before connection to a server,
-c chan Automatically join channel chan.
-d Start in non-full screen mode. All input is taken
directly from stdin and all output goes to stdout
without using any of the termcap(5) screen control
-D level Enable debugging of level. This option is only
available if ircII is built with -DDEBUG.
-e protocol level For protocol protocol, set the default encryption
(SSL) level to level. Currently, only "IRC" is sup-
ported for the protocol and the values that level can
take are "check", "nocheck", and "off". Please also
see the description of the "server list" below.
-F Don't use flow control (^S and ^Q) to stop start the
display. This switch is ignored if the -d switch is
-f Use flow control (^S and ^Q) to stop/start the dis-
play. Normally these are both bound to other func-
tions within ircII. This switch is ignored if the -d
switch is used.
-H host[:port] This option instructs ircII to use the given host as
the local address for DCC, and works otherwise iden-
tically to the -h option.
-h host[:port] This option instructs ircII to use the given host as
the local address. Useful only on multi-homed hosts.
If the optional port segment is included, ircII will
attempt to bind to this local port as well as local
host address. If host is an IPv6 "number", it must
be provided in the common file ... [12:34:ab:cd] for-
mat. This means for an IPv6 "number" and port, it
would be written [12:34:ab:cd]:6669.
-icb Use ICB connections by default.
-irc Use IRC connections by default.
-l ircrc Use ircrc Instead of the default ~/.ircrc.
-o file Set the debug output file to file. This option is
only available if ircII is built with -DDEBUG.
-P portno Set the ICB port number to portno (default: 7326, the
standard ICB port).
-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.
-q Start up ircII quickly. Don't load the IRCRC file,
only the quick IRCRC file set by the
-R host[:port] Set the default HTTP proxy host for server connec-
tions to host:port.
-r Reverse the normal default foreground and background
-S Start up the ircio process to connect to the IRC
-s Don't start up the ircio process to connect to the
IRC server (default).
-T Do use the termcap ti and te sequences when starting
and exiting if they exist.
-t Don't use the termcap ti and te sequences when start-
ing and exiting (default).
-v Print the version and release date of ircII and exit.
-- End all option processing.
The remaining command line arguments are:
o nickname Set the nickname (overrides the environment variable
IRCNICK; default: the username).
o server list Set the list of servers with which ircII will try to con-
nect upon startup. This list is also used by the program's /server
For IRC connections, the format is: host[:portno[:password[:nick]]]
For ICB connections, the format is: ICB/host
[:portno[:nick[:group[:mode]]]] with group being the initial group and
mode being the initial group mode. See /HELP ICB for more information
If the host is in the format :servergroup:host.com then servergroup is
taken to be the Server Group for this server entry.
If the host is prefixed with SSLIRC/ or SSLIRCNOCHECK/ then an attempt
will be made to initiate an SSL/TLS connection for this host. The
SSLIRCNOCHECK/ form does not verify the remote server's certificate,
which may have security implications. Please see SSL/TLS documentation
for more information.
If the host is prefixed with PROXY/host:port/ then this server will be
connected via specified HTTP proxy server. The NO_PROXY/ prefix will
disable any global proxy setting for this server.
The screen is split into two parts, separated by an inverse-video status
line (if supported). The upper (larger) part of the screen displays
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.
Any line beginning with the slash character ('/') is regarded as an ircII
command (the command character may be changed; type /help set cmdchar).
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 predefinition
of aliases and other features.
It can be helpful to predefine certain variables in in the .cshrc,
.profile, or .login file:
IRCNICK The user's ircII nickname.
IRCNAME The user's IRC realname (otherwise retrieved from
IRCSERVER The default IRC server(s) (see server option for details)
The file containing the default list of server(s), usually
PREFIX/share/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.
~/.ircrc default initialization file
~/.irc/ directory into which you can put your own ircII
scripts, that can then be loaded with /load
.../share/irc/ directory containing message-of-the-day, master
initialization, help files, and ircII scripts
file loaded at the start of every ircII session.
The initial list of servers if none are provided on
the command line.
Message of the day. This file is displayed only
once each time it is changed.
irc -c #users -p 5555
Connect IRC to port number 5555 of the default host and enter on channel
Use the nickname ``Mermaid''.
irc Mermaid server1:5000 server2::passwd server3
Use the nickname ``Mermaid'' and the modified server list.
irc piglet3 :ln:irc1.lamenet.org :ln:irc.us.lamenet.org
Use the nickname ``piglet3'', initially connecting to irc.au.lamenet.org,
with also irc.us.lamenet.org added to the server list, both having a
server group name ``ln''.
irc oink ICB/www.icb.net
Use the nick ``oink'' making an ICB connection to www.icb.net.
Use dumb mode.
Allow use of ^S/^Q to stop/start screen display.
irc -e elisa
Interface IRC with a program called ``elisa''.
setenv IRCNICK Mermaid
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 :)''.
THE HELP FILES
All of the ircII commands are fully described in the help files package.
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
SIGUSR1 Closes all DCC connections and EXEC'ed processes.
SIGUSR2 Drops ircII back to the command line.
Program written by Michael Sandrof <email@example.com>. Now being
maintained by Matthew Green <firstname.lastname@example.org> Names of contributors and
contact address can be retrieved with the /info command. This manual
page written by Darren Reed <email@example.com.EDU.AU>, revised by R. P.
C. Rodgers <firstname.lastname@example.org>, by the lynX, and by Matthew
Please notify the current developer of the software of any bugs in cur-
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