BitlBee - IRC gateway to IM chat networks
[-I] [-c configuration file
] [-d configuration
-D [-i address
] [-p port number
] [-n] [-v] [-c
] [-d configuration directory
BitlBee is an IRC daemon that can talk to instant messaging networks and acts as
a gateway. Users can connect to the server with any normal IRC client and see
their 'buddy list' in &bitlbee.
should be called by inetd
(8), or you can run it as a
- Run in inetd(8) mode. This is the default setting, you usually
don't have to specify this option.
- Run in daemon mode. In this mode, BitlBee forks to the background and
waits for new connections. All clients will be served from one
- Run in ForkDaemon mode. This is similar to ordinary daemon mode, but every
client gets its own process. Easier to set up than inetd mode, and without
the possible stability issues.
- -i address
- Only useful when running in daemon mode, to specify the network interface
(identified by IP address) to which the daemon should attach. Use this if
you don't want BitlBee to listen on every interface (which is the default
- -p port number
- Only useful when running in daemon mode, to specify the port number on
which BitlBee should listen for connections. 6667 is the default
- Only useful when running in daemon mode. This option prevents BitlBee from
forking into the background.
- Be more verbose. This only works together with the -n flag.
- -c path to other configuration file
- Use a different configuration file.
- -d path to user settings directory
- BitlBee normally saves every user's settings in /var/db/bitlbee/.
If you want the settings to be stored somewhere else (for example, if you
don't have write permissions in the default location), use this
- Show help information.
To get a complete list of commands, please use the help commands
in the &bitlbee channel.
For more information on using BitlBee, once connected, you should use the
on-line help system.
Of course there are bugs. If you find some, please report them at
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software
Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT
; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with
this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple
PLace, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA
Wilmer van der Gaast <firstname.lastname@example.org>