talk - talk to another user
talk [-Hs] person [ttyname]
talk is a visual communication program which copies lines
from your terminal
to that of another user.
The command arguments are as follows:
-H Don't escape characters with the high bit set.
This may be useful
for certain character sets, but could cause erratic behaviour
on some terminals.
-s Use smooth scrolling in the talk window. The default is to
clear the next two rows and jump from the bottom of
to the top.
person If you wish to talk to someone on your own machine,
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'.
ttyname If you wish to talk to a user who is logged in more
the ttyname argument may be used to indicate the
terminal name, where ttyname is of the form
When first called, talk sends the message
Message from Talk_Daemon@localhost...
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
the login name is the same. If the machine is not the one
to which the
talk request was sent, it is noted on the screen. Once communication is
established, the two parties may type simultaneously, with
appearing in separate windows. Typing control-L (`^L') will
screen to be reprinted, while the erase, kill, and word kill
will behave normally. To exit, just type the interrupt
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
At the outset talking is allowed. Certain commands,
nroff(1) and pr(1), disallow messages in order to prevent
/etc/hosts to find the recipient's machine
/var/run/utmp to find the recipient's tty
mail(1), mesg(1), who(1), write(1), talkd(8)
The talk command appeared in 4.2BSD.
The version of talk released with 4.3BSD uses a protocol
that is incompatible
with the protocol used in the version released with
OpenBSD 3.6 June 6, 1993
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