dicod [-fEsiTth] [-I DIR] [-x LEVEL-SPEC] [--config=FILE] [--foreground] [--stderr] [--syslog] [--preprocessor=PROG] [--no-preprocessor] [--include-dir=DIR] [--single-process] [--inetd] [--transcript] [--no-transcript] [--debug=LEVEL-SPEC] [--source-info] [--trace-grammar] [--trace-lex] [--config-help] [--lint] [--help] [--usage] [--version]


dicod is an implementation of DICT server (RFC 2229). It is fully modular: the daemon itself (dicod) provides only the server functionality, but it knows nothing about database formats. Actual searches are performed by functions supplied in loadable modules. A single module can serve one or more databases.



Read this configuration file.

-f, --foreground

Operate in foreground.


Output diagnostic to stderr.


Output diagnostic to syslog (default).


Preprocess configuration file and exit


Use PROG as a preprocessor for config file.


Do not use external preprocessor.

-I, --include-dir=DIR

Add the directory DIR to the list of directories to be searched for preprocessor include files

-s, --single-process

Single-process mode.

-i, --inetd

Inetd mode.

-T, --transcript

Enable session transcript.


Disable session transcript.

-x, --debug=LEVEL-SPEC

Set debug verbosity level.


Include source line information in the debugging output.


Trace parsing of configuration file.


Trace config file lexer.


Show configuration file summary.

-t, --lint

Check configuration file syntax and exit.

-h, --help

Give this help list


Give a short usage message


Print program version

Mandatory or optional arguments to long options are also mandatory or optional for any corresponding short options.


Report bugs to <[email protected]>.


Copyright © 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Sergey Poznyakoff. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>

This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.



The full documentation for dicod is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and dico-doc programs are properly installed at your site, the command

  • info dicod

should give you access to the complete manual.


dico was written by Sergey Poznyakoff <[email protected]>.

This manual page was written by أحمد المحمودي (Ahmed El-Mahmoudy) <[email protected]>, for the Debian project (and may be used by others).