Commands for registering an IRC nickname with NickServ.

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title: NickServ Commands
subtitle: Commands for registering an IRC nickname with NickServ.
author: geekshed.net
date: December 9, 2020
source: http://www.geekshed.net/commands/nickserv/
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NickServ allows you to "register" a nickname and prevent others from using it.
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.

```man
REGISTER

 Syntax: /msg NickServ REGISTER password [email]

 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!  ANOPE, Anope, and
 anope 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.

 The parameter email is optional and will set the email
 for your nick immediately. However, it may be required
 on certain networks.
 Your privacy is respected; this e-mail won't be given to
 any third-party person.

 This command also creates a new group for your nickname,
 that will allow you to register other nicks later sharing
 the same configuration, the same set of memos and the
 same channel privileges. For more information on this
 feature, type /msg NickServ HELP GROUP.


GROUP

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  GROUP target password

 This command makes your nickname join the target nickname's
 group. password is the password of the target nickname.

 Joining a group will allow you to share your configuration,
 memos, and channel privileges with all the nicknames in the
 group, and much more!

 A group exists as long as it is useful. This means that even
 if a nick of the group is dropped, you won't lose the
 shared things described above, as long as there is at
 least one nick remaining in the group.

 You can use this command even if you have not registered
 your nick yet. If your nick is already registered, you'll
 need to identify yourself before using this command. Type
 /msg NickServ HELP IDENTIFY for more information. This
 last may be not possible on your IRC network.

 It is recommended to use this command with a non-registered
 nick because it will be registered automatically when
 using this command. You may use it with a registered nick (to
 change your group) only if your network administrators allowed
 it.

 You can only be in one group at a time. Group merging is
 not possible.

 Note: all the nicknames of a group have the same password.

IDENTIFY

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  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
 command.

LOGOUT

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  LOGOUT

 This reverses the effect of the IDENTIFY command, i.e.
 make you not recognized as the real owner of the nick
 anymore. Note, however, that you won't be asked to reidentify
 yourself.

DROP

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  DROP [nickname]

 Drops your nickname from the NickServ database.  A nick
 that has been dropped is free for anyone to re-register.

 You may drop a nick within your group by passing it
 as the nick parameter.

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

ACCESS

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  ACCESS ADD mask
         ACCESS DEL mask
         ACCESS LIST

 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.

 Examples:

     ACCESS ADD anyone@*.bepeg.com
         Allows access to user anyone from any machine in
         the bepeg.com domain.

     ACCESS DEL anyone@*.bepeg.com
         Reverses the previous command.

     ACCESS LIST
         Displays the current access list.

SET

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET option parameters

 Sets various nickname options.  option can be one of:

     DISPLAY    Set the display of your group in Services
     PASSWORD   Set your nickname password
     LANGUAGE   Set the language Services will use when
                    sending messages to you
     URL        Associate a URL with your nickname
     EMAIL      Associate an E-mail address with your nickname
     ICQ        Associate an ICQ number with your nickname
     GREET      Associate a greet message with your nickname
     KILL       Turn protection on or off
     SECURE     Turn nickname security on or off
     PRIVATE    Prevent your nickname from appearing in a
                    /msg NickServ LIST
     HIDE       Hide certain pieces of nickname information
     MSG        Change the communication method of Services
     AUTOOP     Should services op you automatically.

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

 Type /msg NickServ HELP SET option for more information
 on a specific option.

    SET DISPLAY

     Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET DISPLAY new-display

     Changes the display used to refer to your nickname group in
     Services. The new display MUST be a nick of your group.

    SET PASSWORD

     Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET PASSWORD new-password

     Changes the password used to identify you as the nick's
     owner.

    SET LANGUAGE

     Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET LANGUAGE number

     Changes the language Services uses when sending messages to
     you (for example, when responding to a command you send).
     number should be chosen from the following list of
     supported languages:
      1) English
      2) Français (French)
      3) Deutsch (German)
      4) Italiano (Italian)
      5) Português (Portuguese)
      6) Español (Spanish)
      7) Türkçe (Turkish)
      8) Catala (Catalan)
      9) ÅëëçíéêÜ (Greek)
     10) Nederlands (Dutch)
     11) Ðóññêèé (Russian)
     12) Magyar (Hungarian)
     13) Polski (Polish)

    SET URL

     Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET URL url

     Associates the given URL with your nickname.  This URL
     will be displayed whenever someone requests information
     on your nick with the INFO command.

    SET EMAIL

     Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET EMAIL address

     Associates the given E-mail address with your nickname.
     This address will be displayed whenever someone requests
     information on the nickname with the INFO command.


    SET HIDE

     Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET HIDE {EMAIL | STATUS | USERMASK | QUIT} {ON | OFF}

     Allows you to prevent certain pieces of information from
     being displayed when someone does a NickServ INFO on your
     nick.  You can hide your E-mail address (EMAIL), last seen
     user@host mask (USERMASK), your services access status
     (STATUS) and  last quit message (QUIT).
     The second parameter specifies whether the information should
     be displayed (OFF) or hidden (ON).


    SET ICQ

     Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET ICQ number

     Associates the given ICQ number with your nickname.  This
     number will be displayed whenever someone requests
     information on your nick with the INFO command.


    SET GREET

     Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET GREET message

     Makes the given message the greet of your nickname, that
     will be displayed when joining a channel that has GREET
     option enabled, provided that you have the necessary
     access on it.

    SET KILL

     Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET KILL {ON | QUICK | IMMED | OFF}

     Turns the automatic protection option for your nick
     on or off.  With protection on, if another user
     tries to take your nick, they will be given one minute to
     change to another nick, after which NickServ will forcibly change
     their nick.

     If you select QUICK, the user will be given only 20 seconds
     to change nicks instead of the usual 60.  If you select
     IMMED, user's nick will be changed immediately without being
     warned first or given a chance to change their nick; please
     do not use this option unless necessary.  Also, your
     network's administrators may have disabled this option.

    SET SECURE

     Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET SECURE {ON | OFF}

     Turns NickServ's security features on or off for your
     nick.  With SECURE set, you must enter your password
     before you will be recognized as the owner of the nick,
     regardless of whether your address is on the access
     list.  However, if you are on the access list, NickServ
     will not auto-kill you regardless of the setting of the
     KILL option.

    SET PRIVATE

     Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET PRIVATE {ON | OFF}

     Turns NickServ's privacy option on or off for your nick.
     With PRIVATE set, your nickname will not appear in
     nickname lists generated with NickServ's LIST command.
     (However, anyone who knows your nickname can still get
     information on it using the INFO command.)

    SET MSG

     Syntax: /msg NickServ  SET MSG {ON | OFF}

     Allows you to choose the way Services are communicating with
     you. With MSG set, Services will use messages, else they'll
     use notices.

UPDATE

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  UPDATE
 Updates your current status, i.e. it checks for new memos,
 sets needed chanmodes (ModeonID) and updates your vhost and
 your userflags (lastseentime, etc).


RECOVER

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  RECOVER nickname [password]

 Allows you to recover your nickname if someone else has
 taken it; this does the same thing that NickServ does
 automatically if someone tries to use a kill-protected
 nick.

 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.  This fake user will
 remain online for NickServ to ensure that the other
 user does not immediately reconnect; after that time, 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, you must be identified and in the group of
 that nick, or you must supply the correct password for
 the nickname.

RELEASE

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  RELEASE nickname [password]

 Instructs NickServ to remove any hold on your nickname
 caused by automatic kill protection or use of the RECOVER
 command.  This holds lasts for NickServ;
 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
 access list, you must be identified and in the group of
 that nick, or you must supply the correct password for
 the nickname.

GHOST

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  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 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, you must be identified and in the group of
 that nick, or you must supply the correct password for
 the nickname.

INFO

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  INFO nickname [ALL]

 Displays information about the given nickname, such as
 the nick's owner, last seen address and time, and nick
 options. If you are identified for the nick you're
 getting information for and ALL is specified, you will
 be shown all the information; regardless of whether
 it's hidden or not.

LIST

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  LIST pattern

 Lists all registered nicknames which match the given
 pattern, in nick!user@host format.  Nicks with the
 PRIVATE option set will not be displayed.

 Examples:

     LIST *!joeuser@foo.com
         Lists all nicks owned by joeuser@foo.com.

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

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

ALIST

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  ALIST [level]

 Lists all channels you have access on. Optionally, you can specify
 a level in XOP or ACCESS format. The resulting list will only
 include channels where you have the given level of access.

 Examples:
     ALIST Founder
         Lists all channels where you have Founder
         access.

     ALIST AOP
         Lists all channels where you have AOP
         access or greater.

     ALIST 10
         Lists all channels where you have level 10
         access or greater.

 Channels that have the NOEXPIRE option set will be
 prefixed by an exclamation mark.

GLIST

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  GLIST

 Lists all nicks in your group.

STATUS

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  STATUS nickname...

 Returns whether the user using the given nickname is
 recognized as the owner of the nickname.  The response has
 this format:

     nickname status-code

 where nickname is the nickname sent with the command, and
 status-code is one of the following:

     0 - no such user online or nickname not registered
     1 - user not recognized as nickname's owner
     2 - user recognized as owner via access list only
     3 - user recognized as owner via password identification

 Up to sixteen nicknames may be sent with each command; the
 rest will be ignored. If no nickname is given, your status
 will be returned.

SENDPASS

 Syntax: /msg NickServ  SENDPASS nickname

 Send the password of the given nickname to the e-mail address
 set in the nickname record. This command is really useful
 to deal with lost passwords.

 May be limited to IRC operators on certain networks.

 This command is unavailable because encryption is enabled.
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