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Commands for the X-Net Server NICKSERV Service

NickServ allows you to "register" a nickname and prevent others from using them. If the nick is not used for 14 days, the registration will expire. The following commands allow for registration and maintenance of nicknames; to use them, type /msg NickServ <command>

For more information on a specific command, type /msg NickServ help <command>

The following commands are supported:













NOTICE: This service is intended to provide a way for IRC users to ensure their identity is not compromised. It is NOT intended to facilitate "stealing" of nicknames or other malicious actions. Abuse of NickServ will result in, at minimum, loss of the abused nickname(s).

REGISTER password

Registers your nickname in the NickServ database. Once your nick is registered, you can use the SET and ACCESS commands to configure your nick's settings as you like them. Make sure you remember the password you use when registering - you'll need it to make changes to your nick later. (Note that case matters! FIDO, Fido, and fido are all different passwords!)

Guidelines on choosing passwords:

Passwords should not be easily guessable. For example, using your real name as a password is a bad idea. Using your nickname as a password is a much worse idea ;) and, in fact, NickServ will not allow it. Also, short passwords are vulnerable to trial-and-error searches, so you should choose a password at least 5 characters long. Finally, the space character cannot be used in passwords.

IDENTIFY password

Tells NickServ that you are really the owner of this nick. Many commands require you to authenticate yourself with this command before you use them. The password should be the same one you sent with the REGISTER




Modifies or displays the access list for your nick. This is the list of addresses which will be automatically recognized by NickServ as allowed to use the nick. If you want to use the nick from a different address, you need to send an IDENTIFY command to make NickServ recognize you.


ACCESS ADD iceman@*

Allows access to user iceman from any machine in the domain.

ACCESS DEL iceman@*

Reverses the previous command.


Displays the current access list.

GHOST nickname password

Terminates a "ghost" IRC session using your nick. A "ghost" session is one which is not actually connected, but which the IRC server believes is still online for one reason or another. Typically, this happens if your computer crashes or your Internet or modem connection goes down for a short period of time while you're on IRC.

In order to use the GHOST command for a nick, your current address as shown in /WHOIS must be on that nick's access list.

INFO nickname

Displays information about the given nickname, such as the nick's owner, last seen address and time, and nick options.

LIST pattern

Lists all registered nicknames which match the given pattern, in nick!user@host format.


LIST *! Lists all nicks owned by

LIST *Bot*!* Lists all registered nicks with Bot in their names (case insensitive).

LIST *!*@* Lists all nicks owned by users in the domain.

RELEASE nickname password

Instructs NickServ to remove any hold on your nickname caused by automatic kill protection or use of the RECOVER command. By default, such holds last for one minute; this command gets rid of them sooner. In order to use the RELEASE command for a nick, your current address as shown in /WHOIS must be on that nick's

RECOVER nickname password

Allows you to recover your nickname if someone else has taken it; this does the same thing that does automatically if someone steals a kill-protected nick. Depending on the IRCD version, and how Services operates this may be different. Xnet IRC services software can use A) and B), but (the IRC network, not the software) is running in mode B) (read below)

A) NickServ Collide/Kill and Hold. (Xnet IRCD version 4.0 or less) When you give this command, NickServ will bring a fake user online with the same nickname as the user you're trying to recover your nick from. This causes the IRC servers to disconnect the other user. NickServ's fake user will remain online for one minute to ensure that the other user does not immediately reconnect; after that minute, you can reclaim your nick. Alternatively, use the RELEASE command (/msg NickServ HELP RELEASE) to get the nick back sooner. In order to use the RECOVER command for a nick, your current address as shown in /WHOIS must be on that nick's access list.

B) NickServ NickChange (Xnet.5BETAII with SVSNICK_ENABLED)

NickServ will change the nick of the user. NickServ will not hold the nick. (You are most likely going to see this) -> *nickServ* help drop


Drops your nickname from the NickServ database. A nick that has been dropped is free for anyone to re-register. In order to use this command, you must first identify with your password (/msg NickServ HELP IDENTIFY for more information).

SET option parameters

Sets various nickname options. option can be one of:

PASSWORD Set your nickname password

PROTECT Turn nick protection on or off

SECURE Turn nickname security on or off

CONTACT Email or other contact method

URL A homepage

OPER Set the nickname to Oper Mode (only opers can do this)

TIMEZONE Automatic Time Conversion for memoserv!

In order to use this command, you must first identify with your password (/msg NickServ HELP IDENTIFY for more information).

VERIFY nickname

This will give a result depending on whether the user has been "Recognized" to services. This is good to see if someone is identified, or just impersonating.

"REC" means recognized

"UNREC" means unrecognized.


This will make Services show you a list of available commands. Generally this command is on-the-fly generation, thus making it more up-to-date than the helpfiles.



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