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BitchX

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Updated: March 22, 2001
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NAME

BitchX - The Ultimate IRC Client  

SYPNOSIS

BitchX [-aAbBcdfFHilLnNpPqrvxZ]  

DESCRIPTION

BitchX is a VERY heavily modified ircII client. It includes many things such as built in CDCC (XDCC) offering, built in flood protection, etc. It is easier to script things in BitchX because unlike plain, vanilla ircII, half the script does not have to be devoted to changing the appearance of ircII. It also includes many other new features, such as port scanning, advanced TCL, a CD player, a mail client, screening process, etc.

BitchX - Based on EPIC Software Labs epic ircII (1998). Version (BitchX-1.0c18) -- Date (20010108).

 

OPTIONS

-a
Adds default servers and command line servers to server list.
-A
Do not display the startup ansi.
-b
Load .bitchxrc or .ircrc after connecting to a server.
-B
Force BitchX to fork and return you to a shell. pid check on.
-c <channel>
Joins <channel> on startup.
-d
Runs BitchX in "dumb" terminal mode.
-f
Your terminal uses flow controls (^S/^Q), so BitchX shouldn't.
-F
Your terminal doesn't use flow control (default).
-H <hostname>
Uses the virtual hostname if possible.
-i
Ignores your autojoin entries.
-l <file>
Loads <file> in place of your .ircrc.
-L <file>
Loads <file> in place of your .ircrc and expands $expandos
-n <nickname>
Nickname to use
-N
Do not auto-connect to the next server.
-p <port>
Default server connection port (usually 6667).
-P
Toggle check pid.nickname for running program.
-q
Does not load .ircrc or .bitchxrc.
-r <file>
Load <file> as list of servers.
-v
Tells you about the clients version.
-x
Run BitchX in "debug" mode.
-Z
Use NAT address when doing dcc.

 

ENVIRONMENT

BitchX
uses many environment variables to configure the client. These can be set by editing your ~/.profile or ~/.bash_login (if you're using a /bin/bash shell) and adding ``export VARNAME="var value"''. Or, if you are using the tcsh shell you can set these by editing ~/.tcshrc and adding ``setenv VARNAME "var value"''. Below is a list of variables.

IRCNICK
sets the default IRC nickname. eg, export IRCNICK="mynick"
USER
sets the default username to use. If not set, it uses a default value of "unknown" - This will only work under NON-UNIX operating systems.
IRCUSER
same as USER
IRCHOST
sets the virtual hostname to use.
IRC_HOST
same as IRCHOST
IRCNAME
sets the name that appears in the "realname" field on your /whois. The default value is "* I'm to lame to read BitchX.doc *".
IRCSERVER
sets the default IRC server to use.
IRCPORT
sets the default IRC port to use. Usually 6667.
IRCPATH
sets the path from which files are loaded. Default is ~/.BitchX/
IRCUMODE
sets your default usermode. Default is "+iw"
IRCRC
sets the filename to be used in place of ~/.bitchxrc or ~/.ircrc
IRCLIB
sets the BitchX library path (Used for some small example scripts).
IRC_SERVERS_FILE
sets the name of the IRC server list that is loaded before any other lists.
IRCFINGER
sets your CTCP FINGER information.

 

FILES

~/.bitchxrc
Loaded by BitchX when it is started.
~/.ircrc
If ~/.bitchxrc is not there, this file is loaded on startup instead.
~/.ircservers
Contains a list of IRC servers to cycle through.
/usr/local/lib/bx/
System-wide configuration dir.
~/.BitchX/BitchX.sav
Personal configuration file.
~/.BitchX/BitchX.ircnames
Default random real name. NOTE: Must be copied from /usr/local/lib/bx/
~/.BitchX/BitchX.formats
Personal BitchX display formats.
~/.BitchX/BitchX.reasons
Default random kick messages. NOTE: Must be copied from /usr/local/lib/bx/
~/.BitchX/BitchX.quit
Default random quit messages. NOTE: Must be copied from /usr/local/lib/bx/
/usr/local/lib/bx/BitchX.help
BitchX help file.
~/.BitchX/screens
Screen storage for a detached BitchX session.

 

OBTAINING

You can always download the newest version of BitchX by joining #BitchX on EFNet and typing "/offers" in the channel window. To check what the latest version is type "!explain latest" and the bot will tell you. You can also ftp to ftp.BitchX.com to get the latest client, scripts, tcl objects, documentation, and many other useful items. You can also point your browser to http://www.BitchX.com for some more things.

 

BUGS

Please report all bugs to an op on #BitchX on EFNet, e-mail panasync or send an e-mail to the mailing list.

 

MAILING LIST

There is a BitchX mailing list, to subscribe simply send an e-mail to: majordomo@lists.BitchX.com with only the words "subscribe BitchX" in the body. You will receive another mail to confirm this and once you have replied you can post to the list by sending e-mail to bitchx@lists.BitchX.com. This is a helpful place for bug reports

 

MAN PAGE ORIGINAL AUTHOR

Wichert Akkerman <wakkerma@debian.org>

 

MAINTAINER

Robert Durdle - Dragoon@EFNet <robert@durdle.com>

dialtone <dialtone@chemlab.org>

 

BitchX Author

Colten Edwards <edwards@bitchx.dimension6.com>

panasync

 

Responsible for ports to other OS's

Brian Smith <dbsoft@technologist.com>

nuke


 

Index

NAME
SYPNOSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
ENVIRONMENT
FILES
OBTAINING
BUGS
MAILING LIST
MAN PAGE ORIGINAL AUTHOR
MAINTAINER
BitchX Author
Responsible for ports to other OS's




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