— talk to
is a visual communication program which copies
lines from your terminal to that of another user.
The command arguments are as follows:
- Don't escape characters with the high bit set. This may be
useful for certain character sets, but could cause erratic behaviour on
- Use smooth scrolling in the
talk window. The default is to clear the next
two rows and jump from the bottom of the window to the top.
- 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
- 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
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
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 their output appearing in separate
windows. Typing control-L (‘
cause the screen to be reprinted, while the erase, kill, and word kill
characters will behave normally. To exit, just type the interrupt character;
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
command. At the outset
talking is allowed. Certain commands, such as
, disallow messages in order to
prevent messy output.
- Terminate talk and exit with a
- to find the recipient's machine
- to find the recipient's tty
utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if
either an error occurred or talk
is invoked on an
utility is compliant with the
IEEE Std 1003.1-2008
specification, though its presence is
The flags [-Hs
extensions to that specification.
command appeared in