sobby man page

sobby ā€” a dedicated server for collaborative editing


sobby [options] [session file]


sobby is a dedicated server which allows clients to edit plain text documents and source files collaboratively over a network. Changes to the documents are synchronised instantly to the other clients.


This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of available options is included below.

-?, --help

Show help options

-n, --name=NAME

Published server name

-i, --interactive

Show prompt to enter commands at runtime

-p, --port=PORT

Port which should be used to listen for clients


Global password required to join the session

-c, --configfile=FILE

Use the settings specified in the given configuration file


Write the settings passed on the command line to the specified configuration file and exit


File where to store autosaved sessions


Interval (in seconds) between autosaves, 0 disables them; the presence of --autosave-directory automatically disables this option


Directory where to autosave all individual files of a session

session file

File to restore the session from, together with all documents stored therein and changes attributed to the corresponding users.


sobby was written by the 0x539 dev group <>.


August 17, 2006