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talk - talk to another user



      talk - talk to another user


      talk person [ttyname]


      The talk utility is a visual communication program which copies lines
      from your terminal to that of another user.
      Options available:
      person   If you wish to talk to someone on your own machine, then person
               is just the person’s login name.  If you wish to talk to a user
               on another host, then person is of the form ‘user@host’ or
               ‘host!user’ or ‘host:user’.
      ttyname  If you wish to talk to a user who is logged in more than once,
               the ttyname argument may be used to indicate the appropriate
               terminal name, where ttyname is of the form ‘ttyXX’.
      When first called, talk sends the message
            Message from TalkDaemon@his_machine...
            talk: connection requested by your_name@your_machine.
            talk: respond with: talk your_name@your_machine
      to the user you wish to talk to.  At this point, the recipient of the
      message should reply by typing
            talk  your_name@your_machine
      It doesn’t matter from which machine the recipient replies, as long as
      his login-name is the same.  Once communication is established, the two
      parties may type simultaneously, with their output appearing in separate
      windows.  Typing control-L ‘^L’ will cause the screen to be reprinted.
      Typing control-D ‘^D’ will clear both parts of your screen to be cleared,
      while the control-D character will be sent to the remote side (and just
      displayed by this talk client).  Your erase, kill, and word kill charac‐
      ters will behave normally.  To exit, just type your interrupt character;
      talk then moves the cursor to the bottom of the screen and restores the
      terminal to its previous state.
      Permission to talk may be denied or granted by use of the mesg(1) com‐
      mand.  At the outset talking is allowed.


      /etc/hosts     to find the recipient’s machine
      /var/run/utmp  to find the recipient’s tty
      mail(1), mesg(1), wall(1), who(1), write(1), talkd(8)


      The version of talk released with 4.3BSD uses a protocol that is incom‐
      patible with the protocol used in the version released with 4.2BSD.


      The talk command appeared in 4.2BSD.


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