ScrollZ(1) An advanced ircII-based IRC client


scrollz [-4] [-6] [-c chan] [-p portno] [-f] [-F] [-h host] [-H host] [-C name] [-s] [-S] [-n] [-d] [-q] [-a] [-b] [-l file] [-I file] [-L file] [nickname] [serverlist]


ScrollZ is advanced IRC client based on ircII code. It adds features normally found in ircII scripts.

The main difference between these scripts and ScrollZ is the code. Where ircII scripts take a lot of disk and memory space and run slow, ScrollZ only takes a couple of extra kilobytes compared to stock ircII client yet runs faster than any ircII script. This was accomplished by using C code instead of ircII scripting language. This reduces memory and CPU usage and code tends to run faster. ScrollZ includes features such as built-in userlist, shitlist, improved scripting, Blowfish based encryption, features for IRC operators and user friendly features such as completion for nicks and channels.


Use IPv4 protocol when connecting to a server.
Use IPv6 protocol when connecting to a server.
-c channel
Joins channel on startup
-p port

Default server connection port (usually 6667)
Your terminal uses flow controls (^S/^Q), so ScrollZ shouldn't
Your terminal doesn't use flow control (default)
-h,-H host
Use host as source address (for virtual hosting)
-C name
Cloak process as name
Do/don't use separate server processes (ircio)
Do not connect to a server on startup
Runs ScrollZ in "dumb" terminal mode
Does not load .scrollzrc or .scrollzquick
Adds default servers and command line servers to server list
Load .scrollzrc before connecting to a server
-l file
Loads file in place of your .scrollzrc
-I file
Loads file in place of your .scrollzquick
-L file
Loads file in place of your .scrollzrc and expands $ expandos
Show summary of options.


The hostname to use for the DCC file transfer
Set home directory (overrides your home directory in /etc/passwd)
The hostname to use
The realname to use (defaults to /etc/passwd real name field)
The path for ScrollZ helpfiles/scripts/translations/docs (defaults to /usr/share/scrollz)
The nickname to use (defaults to your username)
The path for loading files (defaults to ~/.ScrollZ:/usr/share/scrollz/script:.)
The initalization file to use (defaults to ~/.scrollzrc)
The IRC server(s) to use
The user mode to use
The username to use (defaults to your username)
Set mail file
The terminal type to use


The global initialization file loaded when connection to a server is established.
The personal initialization file loaded when connection to a server is established.
The personal initialization file loaded when connection to a server is initiated.


The nickname is limited to 9 characters on many IRC networks.

The server list is a whitespace-separated list of server names.

ScrollZ does NOT have the ICB support nor the DCC TALK support that are available in ircII.


This manual page was written by Mike Markley <[email protected]>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). Updated for ScrollZ by Flier <[email protected]> (the ScrollZ maintainer).

ScrollZ home page:

ScrollZ FTP site:


If you find a bug in ScrollZ you should report it. But first, you should make sure that it really is a bug, and that it appears in the latest version of ScrollZ.

Once you have determined that a bug actually exists, report the bug in channel #ScrollZ on Efnet. If you have a fix, you are encouraged to provide that as well!

ALL bug reports should include:

The version number of
The hardware and operating system
The compiler used to compile
A description of the bug behaviour
A short script or `recipe' which exercises the bug