In the server block, for Host, it is better to use a symbolic hostname (don't use an IP address).
[Server] Name = irc.example.ircnow.org Host = irc.example.ircnow.org Port = 6667 MyPassword = password12345 PeerPassword = password12345
Notice that Host = irc.example.ircnow.org and not an IP address like 188.8.131.52. This makes it less work to configure when the other server changes its IP address.
To automatically restart ngIRCd if it was terminated unexpectedly, create a script in /usr/local/libexec/project/ngircd.sh:
doas touch /usr/local/libexec/project/ngircd.sh doas chmod +x /usr/local/libexec/project/ngircd.sh
#!/bin/sh SERVICE_NAME="ngircd" SERVICE_USER="_ngircd" SERVICE_PID="/var/ngircd/var/run/ngircd/ngircd.pid" if ! pgrep -u $SERVICE_USER -x "$SERVICE_NAME" > /dev/null then if [ -f $SERVICE_PID ]; then rm -f $SERVICE_PID rcctl -d start $SERVICE_NAME fi fi
Add this as a cronjob:
$ doas crontab -e * * * * * /usr/local/libexec/project/checker_ngircd.sh > /dev/null 2>&1
For the solution to work, you need to enable the use of pid files in /etc/ngircd/ngircd.conf:
PidFile = /var/run/ngircd/ngircd.pid
Make sure to configure hopm.
=== Example ngIRCd server configurations === To illustrate what I mean is, say for example, you have two ngircd servers that you want to connect to each other. Let's say that the server "foo" has this configuration,
[Global] Name = irc.foo.org Ports = 6667 ... [Server] MyPassword = Jp5meaikMiRAKsbBy6G6
Server "bar" has the following configuration,
[Global] Name = irc.bar.org Ports = 6667 ... [Server] MyPassword = HpNSbcDbrTVQ3lkkqSfq
[Server] Name = irc.bar.org Host = irc.bar.org Port = 6667 MyPassword = Jp5meaikMiRAKsbBy6G6 PeerPassword = HpNSbcDbrTVQ3lkkqSfq
Likewise under server "bar",
[Server] Name = irc.foo.org Host = irc.foo.org Port = 6667 MyPassword = HpNSbcDbrTVQ3lkkqSfq PeerPassword = Jp5meaikMiRAKsbBy6G6
Sysadmins should have proper password management.
Keep in mind that MyPassword is used for linking with other servers. **It is stored in plaintext and has nothing to do with the server password specified under [Global] section, nor is it related to your [Operator] password!**. When other servers connects to you, they **need** to know **your** MyPassword, in which they will then set it as their PeerPassword on their end. The same thing likewise when you need to peer with them, you **need** to know their MyPassword so that you can set it as **your** PeerPassword.
See how in the example above how irc.foo.org MyPassword is set as Jp5meaikMiRAKsbBy6G6 but when linking with irc.bar.org, whose MyPassword is set as HpNSbcDbrTVQ3lkkqSfq, that irc.foo.org PeerPassword is therefore HpNSbcDbrTVQ3lkkqSfq for linking to irc.bar.org? The same logic also applies in reverse for when irc.bar.org is to link up with irc.foo.org.
=== Summing it up === To sum it up in the prior example, Server irc.foo.org has the following for irc.bar.org,
[Server] Name = irc.bar.org Host = irc.bar.org Port = 6667 MyPassword = Password_To_Be_Set_On_IRCBARORG's_PeerPassword PeerPassword = Password_That_Is_To_Be_received_from_owner_of_IRCBARORG's_MyPassword
and the same likewise, for irc.bar.org when linking to irc.foo.org,
[Server] Name = irc.foo.org Host = irc.foo.org Port = 6667 MyPassword = Password_To_Be_Set_On_IRCFOOORG's_PeerPassword PeerPassword = Password_That_Is_To_Be_received_from_owner_of_IRCFOOORG's_MyPassword