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 is a full screen, termcap based interface to Internet Relay Chat.  Based on
 ircII-2.8.2,  it  gives  full access to all of the normal functions, plus a
 wide variety of additional options, including many that are  highly  useful
 to  server  operators  and  administrators.   The  screen is split into two
 parts, separated by an inverse-video status line  The  upper  part  of  the
 screen  displays  responses  from the server.  The lower part of the screen
 accepts keyboard input.  Some terminals do  not  support  certain  features
 required  by  in  which  case  you receive a message stating this.  If this
 occurs, try changing the terminal type or run with the  option.   Any  line
 beginning  with  the  slash character is regarded as a command 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 To receive
 information about the commands type When is executed, it checks the  user's
 home  directory for a 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.  All of the commands are fully
 described in the help files package.  The best way to start  help  is  with
 the  command  as  this  prints  a  listing  of  all  available  help files.
 Automatically join channel Set the port number to port Only supply this  if
 you  connect  to  a  server  which  uses  a port other than 6667.  Use flow
 control to stop and start the display.  Normally these are  both  bound  to
 other functions within This switch is ignored if the switch is used.  Don't
 use flow control to stop and start the display.  This switch is ignored  if
 the  switch  is used.  Don't start up the ircserv process to connect to the
 server Start up the ircserv process to connect to  the  server.   Start  in
 mode.  All input is taken directly from stdin and all output goes to stdout
 without using any of the screen control codes.  Set the  nickname  default:
 the  username  Set  the list of servers with which will try to connect upon
 startup.  This list is also used by the program's command.  The format  for
 lines  in  the  list  is:  hostname  [:portno[:password[:nick]]]  Selects a
 different file to be used as the .ircrc file for There is no exansion of  $
 expandos  when  using this option.  The default is Selects a different file
 to be used as the .ircrc file for Expansion of $ expandos happens with this
 option. The default is This adds the normal server list to the command line
 list of servers.  Print the version and release date of and exit.  Start up
 quickly  --  don't  load  the file.  It can be helpful to predefine certain
 variables in in the or file: The  user's  IRC  nickname.   The  user's  IRC
 realname  (otherwise  retreived  from The default IRC server(s) (see server
 option for details) The hostname  or  IP  from  which  to  connect  to  IRC
 servers.   Useful for virtual hosts.  Alternative name for Alternative name
 for The location  of  the  .ircrc  initialization  file.   The  default  is
 Overrides  the  default  home  path  in  The  type of terminal in use.  the
 executable program default initialization file directory you can  put  your
 own  scripts  into,  that  can  then  be  loaded  with directory containing
 message-of-the-day, master initialization, help files and  scripts  handles
 the  following  signals:  Closes all connections and processes spawned with
 Drops back to the command line.  Connect to port number 5555 of the default
 host  and  immediately  join  channel  #irchelp.   Use the nickname Use the
 nickname and the modified server list.  Use dumb mode.  Allow use of  ^S/^Q
 to  stop/start  screen display.  setenv IRCNICK Mermaid setenv IRCNAME "The
 one and only :)" blackened Set the nickname to The user's name  command  To
 report  bugs  in the latest version of send email to with as much pertinent
 information as possible.  Please avoid creating duplicate  bug  reports  by
 checking the list on the official website prior to sending email.  Names of
 contributors and contact addresses  can  be  retrieved  with  the  command.
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