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Charybdis INSTALL Document
$Id: INSTALL 3384 2007-04-03 22:45:04Z jilles $
Copyright (c) 2001 by ircd-hybrid team
Copyright (c) 2002-2004 ircd-ratbox development team
Copyright (c) 2005-2008 charybdis development team
As of hybrid-4, the distribution uses GNU autoconf instead of the old
Config script. The Makefile has also been updated to include CFLAGS
defines for popular modern OSes.
Read the NEWS file to find out about the exciting new features in
this version. Other good reads are BUGS, doc/example.conf, and
Run the configure script. It will create include/setup.h and the
Makefiles to match your system. In ircd-ratbox, the paths are now handled
with the --prefix option to configure, not in config.h.
/usr/local/ircd is the default if no prefix is specified.
./configure --prefix="/usr/local/ircd"
Note: There are some special optional parameters to the configure
script that some admins may wish to use.
--enable-kqueue - Use the superior kqueue(2) system call as
opposed to the default poll(2). This is currently only available
on FreeBSD 4.1 or higher.
--enable-devpoll - Enable the superior /dev/poll support on
Solaris. Linux /dev/poll is broken and will not work with this
--enable-epoll - Enable the superior Linux Edge-Triggered Polling
system. This is currently only available on 2.5 Linux kernel
versions or later.
--enable-openssl - Enable the openssl dependent crypto functions.
This will allow CHALLENGE to work and encrypted links. On systems
where the configure script can automatically detect OpenSSL, this
option is not necessary. If configure cannot find OpenSSL, you
must specify a path with this option
--enable-ipv6 - Enable IPv6 support.
--disable-assert - Disable some of the debugging code. This
should be used on all production servers for maximum speed and to
prevent cores from things that shouldn't normally happen.
--enable-small-net - Tunes the server for smaller networks by
reducing the startup memory footprint. This should really only be
used for *small* networks, as this tends to be a performance hit
on larger networks.
--with-nicklen=LENGTH - Sets the maximum NICK length. Note that
this must be consistent across your entire network.
make should build ircd.
make install will install the server, modules, and tools in the
the prefix specified when configure was run.
If you wish to enable the user log, oper log, and failed oper log,
issue these commands at the shell prompt (in the prefix directory)
$ touch logs/userlog
$ touch logs/operlog
$ touch logs/foperlog
Note: If you use different names in ircd.conf, you must 'touch' the
specific names.
If you are upgrading from Hybrid 5 or Hybrid 6, the config file has
changed drastically...
There is a utility to convert your old config file to the new format.
In prefix/bin there is something called "convertconf". Its usage is:
./convertconf (old config file to convert) (converted file name)
Convertconf will NOT convert I: lines. You must use "convertilines"
for this which contains a much superior method of conversion and
will group I: together under one auth {};.
Once this is done, move your new config to prefix/etc/ircd.conf and
EDIT IT! There are still things that need changing in the config,
including the fact that classes MUST be above auth/connect blocks!
If you are upgrading from Hybrid 5 or Hybrid 6, the kline file has
also changed...
There is a utility to convert the old kline configuration file to the
new format. In prefix/bin there is a program called "convertklines".
Its usage is: ./convertklines (old kline.conf filename) (new
kline.conf filename) (dline.conf filename).
Once this is done, move the new files into the prefix/etc/ directory
under their proper names. By default, the kline file is named
kline.conf and the dline file is named dline.conf.
Send Check or Money Order to... just kidding! You're on your own for
support. Try asking other ircd-ratbox admins on EFnet if you can't fix it
yourself. If you do fix anything, however, please send context or unified
diffs to so the fixes can be incorporated into
the next release of ircd-hybrid. If ratbox crashes on you, PLEASE contact ASAP with a backtrace of the core.
DISCUSSION: There is a mailing list for discussion of ratbox issues,
To subscribe, visit:
The best way to get a backtrace of the core is to follow this sequence of
Change to the directory containing the core file
Run gdb on the binary and the core file. With an unmodified ircd-ratbox
installation, an example command line is below (in the /usr/local/ircd
$ gdb bin/ircd ircd.core
At the "(gdb)" prompt, enter the command "bt"
Save the output of the backtrace command and send it to
Be sure to save the ircd binary, the modules, and the core file in a
safe place in case the developers need to look deeper than a backtrace
Older FreeBSD machines sometimes have the obsolete ports version of
OpenSSL libcrypto in /usr/local/lib. When configure is used with
--enable-openssl, and libintl is detected in /usr/local/lib, the
/usr/local/lib directory will be searched BEFORE the system /usr/lib for
libraries by the linker. The linker may try to link to the old
/usr/local/lib libcrypto instead of the system /usr/lib libcrypto. Some
older versions may cause error messages similar to the following:
gcc -g -O2 -DIRCD_PREFIX=\"/home/wcampbel/ircd\" -Wl,-export-dynamic
-L/usr/local/lib -o ircd blalloc.o channel.o vchannel.o class.o client.o
dline_conf.o event.o fdlist.o fileio.o hash.o irc_string.o ircd.o ircdauth.o
ircd_signal.o linebuf.o list.o listener.o m_error.o match.o memdebug.o
modules.o motd.o mtrie_conf.o oldparse.o numeric.o packet.o parse.o res.o rsa.o
restart.o s_auth.o s_bsd.o s_bsd_kqueue.o s_conf.o s_debug.o s_gline.o s_log.o
s_misc.o s_serv.o s_stats.o s_user.o scache.o send.o sprintf_irc.o tools.o
whowas.o lex.yy.o version.o -lintl -ldescrypt -lcrypto -lfl
rsa.o: In function `get_randomness':
/home/wcampbel/dev/ircd-ratbox/src/rsa.c(.text+0x60): undefined reference to
/usr/local/lib/ undefined reference to `ERR_load_RSAREF_strings'
/usr/local/lib/ undefined reference to `RSA_PKCS1_RSAref'
*** Error code 1
If this is the case, you may need to rerun configure without the
--enable-openssl option, manually edit src/Makefile and modules/Makefile
to put -L/usr/lib before the -L/usr/local/lib in LDFLAGS, or remove the
old OpenSSL from /usr/local, and recompile all applications that use
libcrypto to use the system one.