# Linux – How to “identify with services” on IRC

I am using irrsi as my irc cilent on ubuntu
I have entered "/join #android-dev" in my command window.
But I am getting this error message:

22:05 -!- #android-dev Cannot join channel (+r) - you need to be identified
with services


Can you please tell me how can I fix it?

Thank you.

You need to register an account with the services robots. To do this, send the NickServ a "register" command. The syntax for this is generally like this:

/msg nickserv register [password] [email]

where [password] is a password you would like to use to identify yourself, and [email] is... well, an email address you can be contacted at (used only for password recovery).

Then, when you connect, you'll see a message like this:

This nickname is registered. Please choose a different nickname, or identify...

You'll then need to send the "identify" command:

/msg nickserv identify [password]

where [password] is the password you set before. You'll then be logged in to the services.

Requiring that you be authenticated to the services is just an anti-spam/anti-abuse measure by the channel, it requires that you go to a little extra effort to join that griefers probably won't.