Usage: ENCRYPT [-<type>] [<nickname>|<channel> [<key>]]
ENCRYPT allows you to hold an encrypted conversations with
a person or a whole channel. Once a nickname/channel and
key is specified, all messages you send to that
nickname/channel will automatically be encrypted using the
given key. Likewise, any messages from that nickname/channel
will automatically be decrypted. ircII is smart enough to know
if the incoming message isn't encrypted and will not attempt to
decrypt it. If you received an encrypted message from someone
for whom you haven't specified a key, it will be displayed as
The <key> can be any text which is to be used an they key
for encryption/decryption of the conversation. It is up to
you and the people you wish to talk to about how to agree upon
a key and how to communicate it to one another.
If <type> is specified, ircII will use this cryptography
method rather than the default. The current options are
-sed and -cast. If cast support is enabled, it is the
For example, if user CheeseDog wishes to talk encryptedly with
user DogCheese, they must first agree on an encryption key
(case sensitive), say foo. Then user CheeseDog must issue a
ENCRYPT DogCheese foo
and user DogCheese must issue a
ENCRYPT CheeseDog foo
Thereafter, all messages sent between CheeseDog and DogCheese
will be encrypted and decrypted automatically.
If ENCRYPT is given with a nickname but no key, then encrypted
conversation is ended with that user.
If ENCRYPT is given with no arguments, the list of encrypted
users and encryption types are displayed. If the -showkeys
option is specified, the keys for each user are also displayed.
older ircII used a built in encryption method that isn't terribly
secure. After ircII 4.4, CAST-128 support was added and is now
the default. You can use another if you so choose, see
ENCRYPT_PROGRAM for information about this. Note that in
releases prior to 4.4B, ircII used a different type of program
API for ENCRYPT_PROGRAM.
If you are sending encrypted messages to a user or channel, you
can toggle it off and on in a message line by inserting the
control-E character in the input line. This is usually done
by hitting control-Q then control-E. An inverse video E will
appear in the input line.
Control-q is bound (see BIND) to quote_character by default.
It is frequently necessary to change this to some other char.
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