This command set you as an IRC Operator in the network.
/oper <name> <password>
For the opering to be succesful, you must be added to the IRC server's configuration file as an oper. Whether you get to be a local or a global oper depends on the settings in the configuration file.
What can an oper do
IRC Operators (opers or ircops) are there to help their network admininstrator to maintain the servers and the network.
Local opers have the power to
- Reconnect their server to the network
- /Kill anyone from their server (disconnect from the network)
- Set K-lines on their server (ban someone from the server)
- See all available information of users on the oper's own server
- Manage channels to some extent, depending on the server configuration
Global opers have the power to
- Reconnect any server to the network
- /Kill anyone from any server
- Set K-lines on all servers in the network and set G-lines (a K-line on all servers)
- See all available information on users on every server
- Usually manage all channels without restrictions, depending on the server configuration
So basically a global oper can do for any server what a local oper can do only for his own server. In theory, all of the actions in the above lists could be denied from both local and global opers by modifying the server configuration, but this would make opers rather pointless to have. Depending on the network, opers can also control the network services to some extent.
Opers in QuakeNet
All opers in QuakeNet are global opers. They can control all the services that are available to users and have access to other services that help them keeping the network clean.
- Oper commands for commands available only for opers