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    Command:

    talk

    
    
    
    

    DESCRIPTION

         Talk is a visual communication program which copies lines from your ter-
         minal 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' or 'host:user' ).
    
         -x       If you wish to talk to a user who has dot character in username,
                  the -x argument will force 'user@host' form of the person and
                  talk will take dots as part of user name.
    
         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' or 'pts/X'.
    
         When first called, talk contacts the talk daemon on the other user's
         machine, which 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 that user. At this point, he then replies 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; their output will appear in separate
         windows.  Typing control-L (^L) will cause the screen to be reprinted.
         The erase, kill line, and word erase characters (normally ^H, ^U, and ^W
         respectively) will behave normally.  To exit, just type the interrupt
         character (normally ^C); talk then moves the cursor to the bottom of the
         screen and restores the terminal to its previous state.
    
         As of netkit-ntalk 0.15 talk supports scrollback; use esc-p and esc-n to
         scroll your window, and ctrl-p and ctrl-n to scroll the other window.
         These keys are now opposite from the way they were in 0.16; while this
         will probably be confusing at first, the rationale is that the key combi-
         nations with escape are harder to type and should therefore be used to
         scroll one's own screen, since one needs to do that much less often.
    
         If you do not want to receive talk requests, you may block them using the
         mesg(1) command.  By default, talk requests are normally not blocked.
         Certain commands, in particular nroff(1), pine(1), and pr(1), may block
         messages temporarily in order to prevent messy output.
    
    
    

    FILES

         Old versions of talk may have trouble running on machines with more than
         one IP address, such as machines with dynamic SLIP or PPP connections.
         This problem is fixed as of netkit-ntalk 0.11, but may affect people you
         are trying to communicate with.
    
    
    

    HISTORY

         The talk command appeared in 4.2BSD.
    
    
    

    Linux NetKit (0.17) November 24, 1999 Linux NetKit (0.17)

    
    
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