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Installing Anope

IMPORTANT NOTE: it is not recommended to use (and therefore install)
Anope as root. Use an unprivileged user instead -- the
one you're using for the ircd or a dedicated one will
be good enough.

The very first thing you need to do is to get the Anope package (if not already done). You can find it at http://www.anope.org/

Anope can be built one of two ways. The recommended way is to use CMake. You can check if CMake is already installed on your system using the command: cmake --version

If it's installed, you will get a line that says something similar to "cmake version 2.6-patch 1". If the version is less than 2.4 or you get an error saying the command was not found, you will not be able to use CMake unless you install it yourself into your home directory. CMake can be downloaded from http://www.cmake.org/cmake/resources/software.html

If you are unable to install CMake yourself (either due to lack of space or restrictions by your hosting provider), you still have the alternative to use the provided configure script. This option is not recommended and will eventually be phased out, but is provided for compatibility for those lacking CMake.

Next, unpack the package in your home directory, and go into the created directory.

Now type ./Config to start the configuration script. It will ask you a few questions, and figure out how to compile Anope on your system. If you are unsure about the answer to a question, use the default value. The question to using configure or cmake depends on your decision from above. If you have CMake and wish to use it, answer with cmake, otherwise answer with configure.

You can now type make to compile Anope. If there are errors in the Makefile, *try to use gmake* instead. If it still doesn't work, you (or your system administrator if it's a shell) must install GNU make. You may find it at ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu/pub/gnu/.

Now type make install (or gmake install; see above). This will install all the needed files in the paths you specified with the configure script, and setup file permissions. You should ensure that the data directory is not accessible by other users, as malicious users may cause trouble on your network if passwords are not encrypted, or read the memos of any user.

If you see errors during this process, please mail us with the *complete* error output, and don't forget to mention your OS, compiler and C++ library versions.

Now go into the data directory (by default, ~/services/data). Copy the example configuration file (example.conf) to services.conf, and open the latter with your favorite text editor. It contains all the configuration directives Anope will use at startup. Read the instructions contained in the file carefully. Using the default values is NOT a good idea, and will most likely not work!

If you need help, you should subscribe to the Anope mailing list and mail there to get help from other users. See the README file for more information.

Upgrading Anope

To upgrade Anope, just follow the installation instructions described in section 1. There are however a few specific guidelines:

IMPORTANT: Back up your old databases!

If you are upgrading to a new major release, ALWAYS restart a fresh configuration file from example.conf.

Setting up the IRCd

Services acts as an IRC server with pseudo-clients on it. To link them to your network, you'll need to configure your IRCd to allow services to link.

The configuration varies depending on the IRCd, but you will probably need a link block (also called connect block, or C line), a U line (also called a shared block), and be sure that the IRCd is listening on the given port in the link block.

Example link configurations can be found in example.conf for some of the popular IRCds.

Don't forget to /rehash your IRCd to apply changes.

You may also try our interactive link maker, which is located at http://anope.org/ilm.php

Starting Anope

Go into the directory where binaries were installed (by default, this is ~/services/bin). Type ./services to launch Anope.

If there are syntax errors in the configuration file they will be displayed on the screen. Correct them until there are no errors anymore. A successful startup won't generate any message.

Give Services at least one minute to link to your network, as certain IRCds on some OSes may be really slow for the link process. If nothing happens after about a minute, it is probably a configuration problem. Try to launch Anope with ./services -debug -nofork to see any errors that it encounters, and try to correct them.

If you need help to solve errors, feel free to subscribe to the Anope mailing list and ask there. See the README file for details.

Setting up a crontab

A crontab entry will allow you to check periodically whether Anope is still running, and restart it if not.

First rename the example.chk script that is in Anope path (by default, this is ~/services/data) to services.chk and edit it. You'll need to. modify the CONFIGURATION part of the file. Then ensure that the file is. marked as executable by typing chmod +x services.chk, and try to launch the script to see if it works (Anope must not be running when you do this ;))

When this is done, you'll have to add the crontab entry. Type crontab -e. This will open the default text editor with the crontab file. Enter the following (with correct path):

*/5 * * * * /home/ircd/services/data/services.chk >/dev/null 2>&1

The */5 at the beginning means "check every 5 minutes". You may replace the 5 with other another number if you want (but less than 60). Consult your system's manual pages for more details on the syntax of the crontab file. Interesting manpages are crontab(5), crontab(1) and cron(8).

Save and exit, and it's installed.