[Snort-sigs] what does this command do?

stormshadow storm-shadow at ...1143...
Mon Apr 28 07:49:31 EDT 2003

I'm new to snort so bear with me. 
What exactly is this command doing:

snort -dvc /root/snort_dir_here/etc/snort.conf

I know the v switch is sniffer mode. But is snort running in IDS mode 
with that command as well?

Also, what argument should I use when utilizing the rules that come 
bundled with snort. I keep getting errors.

Thanks for any help

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