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FICS Commands and Variables

FICS' command line interface is fairly confusing, but below you'll find an outline of popular commands and variables.

As well as on-line, help can also be got from the command line. Use help COMMAND, or help v_VARIABLE for info about specific commands and variables.



To change settings use set VARIABLE VALUE. Often VALUE is a boolean 1 or 0.


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