talk - talk to another user
talk person [ttyname]
Talk is a visual communication program which copies lines from your ter-
minal to that of another user.
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 '[email protected]'.
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 [email protected]_machine...
talk: connection requested by [email protected]_machine.
talk: respond with: talk [email protected]_machine
to that user. At this point, he then replies by typing
talk [email protected]_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.
/etc/hosts to find the recipient's machine
/var/run/utmp to find the recipient's tty