Last weekend, I prepared the first release candidate for our next major
release: ngIRCd 20~rc1.
There have been more than 170 commits since our last release (19.2), and quite
a few bug reporters and coders have contributed their ideas, written patches,
or discussed new features -- thanks a lot!
Please (please!) test this release candidate and report all problems, errors,
and regressions you encounter! Best is to file bugs and feature requests here:
ngIRCd Bug Tracker: <http://ngircd.barton.de/bugzilla/>
The NEWS file lists quite a few new features:
• Update doc/Services.txt: describe the upcoming version of Anope 1.9.8,
then including a protocol module for ngIRCd. And remove our own patches
in ./contrib/Anope because they aren't supported any more ...
• Implement new "METADATA" command which can be used by remote servers
and IRC services to update client metadata like the client info text
("real name"), user name, and hostname, and use this command to
configure an cloaked hostname (user mode "+x") on remote servers:
This prevents "double cloaking" of hostnames and even cloaked
hostnames are in sync on all servers supporting "METADATA" now.
• Implement new IRC "SVSNICK" command to allow remote servers (and IRC
services) to change nicknames of already registered users. The SVSNICK
command itself doesn't change the nickname, but it becomes forwarded
to the server to which the user is connected to. And then this server
initiates the real nickname changing using regular NICK commands.
This allows to run mixed networks with old servers not supporting the
SVSNICK command, because SVSNICK commands for nicknames on such servers
are silently ignored and don't cause a desynchronization of the network.
• New configuration option "MaxListSize" to configure the maximum number
of channels returned by a LIST command. The default is 100, as before.
• Implement user mode "b", "block messages": when a user has set mode "b",
all private messages and notices to this user are blocked if they don't
originate from a registered user, an IRC Op, server or service. The
originator gets an error numeric sent back in this case,
ERR_NONONREG_MSG (486), which is used by UnrealIRCd, too. (Closes #144)
• Implement channel mode "V" (invite disallow): If the new channel mode
"V" is set, the INVITE command becomes invalid and all clients get the
new ERR_NOINVITE_MSG (518) reply. (Closes #143)
• Implement channel mode "Q" and user mode "q": Both modes protect users
from channel kicks: only IRC operators and servers can kick users having
mode "q" or in channels with mode "Q". (Closes #141)
• Allow users to "cloak" their hostname only when the configuration
variable "CloakHostModeX" (introduced in 19.2) is set. Otherwise, only
IRC operators, other servers, and services are allowed to set the user
mode "+x": this prevents regular users from changing their hostmask to
the name of the IRC server itself, which confused quite a few people ;-)
• New configuration option "OperChanPAutoOp": If disabled, IRC operators
don't become channel operators in persistent channels when joining.
Enabled by default, which has been the behavior of ngIRCd up to this
patch. (Closes #135)
• Allow IRC operators to see secret (+s) channels in LIST command as long
as the "MorePrivacy" configuration option isn't enabled in the
configuration file. (Closes #136)
• Implement new (optional) IRC+ "CHARCONV" command to set a client
character set that the server translates all messages to/from UTF-8.
This feature requires the "libiconv" library and must be enabled using
the new "--with-iconv" option of the ./configure script. See
doc/Protocol.txt for details. (Closes #109)
• Implement user mode "B" ("Bot flag"): it is settable and unsettable by
every (non-restricted) client. This is how Unreal and InspIRCd do
behave, and so do we :-)
• Implement channel mode "M": Only the server, identified users and IRC
operators are able to talk in such a channel.
• Block nicknames that are reserved for services and are defined using the
configuration variable "ServiceMask" in "Server" blocks; And this
variable now can handle more than one mask separated by commas.
• Implemented XOP channel user modes: "Half Op" ("+h", prefix "%") can set
the channel modes +imntvIbek and kick all +v and normal users; "Admin"
("+a", prefix "&") can set channel modes +imntvIbekoRsz and kick all +o,
+h, +v and normal users; and "Owner" ("+q", prefix "~") can set channel
modes +imntvIbekoRsz and kick all +a, +o, +h, +v and normal users.
• Implement hashed cloaked hostnames for both the "CloakHost" and
"CloakHostModeX" configuration options: now the admin can use the new
'%x' placeholder to insert a hashed version of the clients hostname,
and the new configuration option "CloakHostSalt" defines the salt for
the hash function. When "CloakHostSalt" is not set (the default), a
random salt will be generated after each server restart.
You can find more information on our homepage at <http://ngircd.barton.de/> and
its mirror <http://ngircd.berlios.de/>. The primary download locations are: