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    Command:

    write

    
    
    

    SYNOPSIS

           write user [ttyname]
    
    
    

    DESCRIPTION

           Write allows you to communicate with other users, by copying lines from
           your terminal to theirs.
    
           When you run the write command, the user you are writing to gets a mes-
           sage of the form:
    
                  Message from yourname@yourhost on yourtty at hh:mm ...
    
           Any further lines you enter will be copied to the specified user's ter-
           minal.  If the other user wants to reply, they must run write as  well.
    
           When  you  are  done,  type an end-of-file or interrupt character.  The
           other user will see the message EOF indicating that the conversation is
           over.
    
           You  can prevent people (other than the super-user) from writing to you
           with the mesg(1) command.  Some  commands,  for  example  nroff(1)  and
           pr(1),  may  disallow  writing automatically, so that your output isn't
           overwritten.
    
           If the user you want to write to is logged in on more than  one  termi-
           nal,  you can specify which terminal to write to by specifying the ter-
           minal name as the second operand to the write command.   Alternatively,
           you  can  let  write select one of the terminals - it will pick the one
           with the shortest idle time.  This is so that if the user is logged  in
           at  work and also dialed up from home, the message will go to the right
           place.
    
           The traditional protocol for writing to  someone  is  that  the  string
           '-o',  either  at  the end of a line or on a line by itself, means that
           it's the other person's turn to talk.  The string 'oo' means  that  the
           person believes the conversation to be over.
    
    
    

    SEE ALSO

           mesg(1), talk(1), who(1)
    
    
    

    HISTORY

           A write command appeared in Version 6 AT&T UNIX.
    
    
    

    AVAILABILITY

           The write command is part of the util-linux-ng package and is available
           from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux-ng/.
    
                                     12 March 1995                        WRITE(1)
    
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