Welcome to Deepspace!

The NICKSERV Command List Available to All Users

We are very happy you have chosen to orbit in deepspace. We hope you enjoy your trip enough to register with us for continued tours through our universe. This tutorial is written to accommodate the newest of the new and assumes you know nothing at all about using command line on the computer. If you are an experienced user, please bear with us and forgive the simplification. This is required since many of our clients are vision impaired and/or elderly and new to the computer and the Internet.
If you plan on returning to orbit with us it is important that you register your nickname. This will allow us remember who you are and let us provide our umbrella of protection to you. Before you begin, however, please read our rules of conduct in deepspace: Prohibited Activities. Be sure you are using the nickname you want to use all the time. It needs to be unique to you, that is, not already registered to someone else. You can tell if your nickname is already to someone else if you are asked to IDENTIFY when you first log on. Any of our staff can help you find a unique nickname if you find your favorite is already in use. If you need to change you nickname, type in your message window (the one you type your message in) the following: /nick the nickname you wish to change to. Now, you are ready to register.
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 in the text window of you irc client.

For more information on a specific command you may type the command below in the IRC client text window or see the description(s) following:
1.REGISTER: Register a nickname
2.GROUP: Join a group
3.IDENTIFY:Identify yourself with your password
4.ACCESS:Modify the list of authorized addresses
5.SET:Set options, including kill protection
6.DROP:Cancel the registration of a nickname
7.RECOVER:Kill another user who has taken your nick
8.RELEASE:Regain custody of your nick after RECOVER
9.SENDPASS:Forgot your password? Try this
17.GETPASS:Retrieve the password for a nickname (only if encryption is disabled)
18.GETEMAIL:Matches and returns all users that registered using given email
19.FORBID:Prevents a nickname from being registered

Commands 17 "GETPASS", 18 "GETEMAIL", and 19 "FORBID" are for Services Administrators only and are presented here for reference only.

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). See "Unable to Connect".

Nicknames that are not used anymore are subject to the automatic expiration, i.e. they will be deleted after 30 days if not used.

Services administrators can also drop any nickname without needing to identify for the nick, and may view the access list for any nickname (/msg NickServ ACCESS LIST nick).
The Syntax is:
  • /msg nickserv REGISTER password [email]

This 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 guessed. 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:
    The syntax is:
    • /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 other IRC networks.

    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 allow 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.

    The syntax is:
    • /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.

  • ACCESS:(nickname)
    The syntax is:
    • /msg nickserv ACCESS ADD mask
    • /msg nickserv ACCESS DEL mask
    • /msg nickserv 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.

    • /msg nickserv ACCESS ADD anyone@*.bepeg.com
      Allows access to user anyone from any machine in the bepeg.com domain.
    • /msg nickserv ACCESS DEL anyone@*.bepeg.com
      Reverses the previous command.
    • /msg nickserv ACCESS LIST
      Displays the current access list.

  • SET:
    For more information type: /msg NickServ help SET.
    The syntax is:
    • /msg nickserv SET option parameters

    Sets various nickname options.

    An option can be any one or all of the follow:
      Set the display of your group in Services
      Set your nickname password
      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
      Prevent your nickname from appearing in a /msg NickServ LIST. Note: This does not prevent Service Administrators from seeing this information.
    • HIDE
      Hide certain pieces of nickname information. Note: This does not prevent Service Administrators from seeing this information.
    • MSG
      Change the communication method of Services

    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.

    Services Administrators can also set the option NOEXPIRE, with which nicknames can be prevented from expiring. Additionally, Services Administrators can set options for any nickname without entering a password, using the format SET nickname option parameters.

  • DROP:
    The syntax is:
    • /msg nickserv DROP [nickname]

    Without a parameter, this command drops your nickname from the NickServ database.

    With a parameter, drops the named nick from the database. You may drop any nick within your group without any special privileges. Dropping any other nick is limited to Services administrators only.

    The syntax is:
    • /msg nickserv RECOVER nickname [password]

    This command 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 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, you must be identified and in the group of that nick, or you must supply the correct password for the nickname.

    The syntax is:
    • /msg nickserv RELEASE nickname [password]

    This will instruct 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 access list, you must be identified and in the group of that nick, or you must supply the correct password for the nickname.

  • SENDPASS: The syntax is:
    • /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 when encryption is enabled.

  • GHOST:
    The syntax is:
    • /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.

  • ALIST:
    The syntax is:
    • /msg nickserv ALIST [nickname] [level]

    With no parameters, lists channels you have access on. With one parameter, lists channels that nickname has access on. With two parameters lists channels that nickname has level access or greater on. This use limited to Services Administrators only.

  • GLIST:
    The syntax is:
    • /msg nickserv GLIST [nickname]

    Without a parameter, lists all nicknames that are in your group. With a parameter, lists all nicknames that are in the group of the given nick. This use limited to Services Administrators only.

  • INFO:
    The syntax is:
    • /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.

    Services Administrators may use the ALL parameter with any nick.

  • LIST:
    The syntax is:

    Lists all registered nicknames which match the given pattern, in nick!user@host format. Nicks with the PRIVATE option set will only be displayed to Services Administrators. Nicks with the NOEXPIRE option set will have a ! prepended to the nickname for Services Administrators.

    If the FORBIDDEN or NOEXPIRE options are given, only nicks which, respectively, are FORBIDden or have the NOEXPIRE flag set will be displayed. If both options are given, both types of nicks will be displayed. These options are limited to Services Administrators only.

    • LIST *!joeuser@foo.com
      Lists all registered nicks owned by joeuser@foo.com.
    • LIST *Bot*!*@*
      Lists all registered nicks with Bot in their names (case insensitive).
      Lists all registered nicks which have been set to not expire.

    The syntax is:
    • /msg nickserv LOGOUT [nickname [REVALIDATE]]

    Without a parameter, 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.

    With a parameter, does the same for the given nick. If you specify REVALIDATE as well, Services will ask the given nick to re-identify. This use limited to Services Administrators only.

    The syntax is:
    • /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. No error message is generated if no nickname is given.

    The syntax is:
    • /msg nickserv GETPASS nickname

    Returns the password for the given nickname. Note that whenever this command is used, a message including the person who issued the command and the nickname it was used on will be logged and sent out as a WALLOPS/GLOBOPS.

    Limited to Services Administrators only.

    This command is unavailable when encryption is enabled.

  • GETEMAIL: The syntax is:
    • /msg nickserv GETEMAIL user@emailhost

    Returns the matching nicks that used given email. Note that you can not use wildcards for either user or emailhost. Whenever this command is used, a message including the person who issued the command and the email it was used on will be logged. Limited to Services Administrators only.

    The syntax is:
    • /msg nickserv FORBID nickname [reason]

    Disallows a nickname from being registered or used by anyone. May be cancelled by dropping the nick.

    On certain networks, reason is required.

    Limited to Services Administrators only.
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