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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     talk -- talk to another user

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     talk person [ttyname]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     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 characters
 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) command.
  At the outset talking is allowed.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

     /etc/hosts     to find the recipient's machine
     /var/run/utmp  to find the recipient's tty

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     mail(1), mesg(1), wall(1), who(1), write(1), talkd(8)

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

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

HISTORY    [Toc]    [Back]

     The talk command appeared in 4.2BSD.

FreeBSD 5.2.1			 June 6, 1993			 FreeBSD 5.2.1
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