talk(1)								      talk(1)



NAME
  talk - Converses with another user

SYNOPSIS

  talk user [tty_name]

DESCRIPTION

  The talk command allows two users to enter text simultaneously into windows
  displayed on each other's terminals.	To initiate a conversation, one user
  executes talk and specifies the second user's username.  If the second user
  is on a remote host, the name of the host must be specified in one of the
  following ways:

       user@host
       host!user
       host.user
       host:user

  When using full domain names, the only valid form for specifying the user
  and host is user@host.  For example, andy@host17.dev.abc.com initiates a
  conversation with user andy at host host17 in the dev.abc.com domain.

  When the first user initiates the conversation, a message is sent to the
  second user.	If the first user also specifies tty_name, the invitation
  message is sent to the specified terminal.  Otherwise, the invitation is
  sent to the terminal on the remote host on which the second user first
  logged in.  Once this invitation is received, talk displays two windows on
  the first user's terminal and displays progress messages until the second
  user responds to the initial message.

  If the second user wants to have the conversation, the second user also
  executes talk from any terminal and specifies the first user's account name
  and hostname, if appropriate.	 If the second user accepts the invitation,
  talk displays two windows on the second user's terminal.  One window
  displays what is typed by the local user; the other displays what is typed
  by the remote user.  To end the conversation and close the connection,
  either user can press the Interrupt key sequence.

  If the second user does not want to permit talk invitations, that user
  should issue the mesg n command.

  If the recipient is logged in more than once, the tty_name argument can be
  used to indicate the appropriate terminal name.  If tty_name is not speci-
  fied, the talk message is displayed on one or more accessible terminals in
  use by the recipient.	 The format of tty_name is the same as that returned
  by the who command.

  The talk command processes characters as follows:

    +  Typing the  character alerts the recipient's terminal.

    +  Typing  causes the sender's screen regions to be refreshed.

    +  Typing the Erase and Kill characters affects the sender's terminal as
       described on the termios reference page.

    +  Typing the Interrupt or End-of-File characters terminates the local
       talk program.  Once the talk session has been terminated on one side,
       the other side of the session is notified that the talk session has
       been terminated and this side can do nothing except exit.

    +  Typing characters from LC_TYPE classifications print or space causes
       those characters to be sent to the recipient's terminal.

  The talk command fails when a user lacks the appropriate privileges to per-
  form the requested action.

EXAMPLES

   1.  If john at host1 wants to talk to fred, who is logged in on host2,
       john enters:
	    $ talk fred@host2


       The following message is displayed on fred's terminal:
	    Message from TalkDaemon@host1 at 15:16...
	    talk: connection requested by john@host1.
	    talk: respond with: talk john@host1


       To accept the invitation, fred enters:
	    $ talk john@host1


   2.  To talk to fred only if he is logged in on the console at host2,
       enter:
	    $ talk fred@host2 console


NOTES

  The talk command uses the talk 4.3BSD protocol, which is not compatible
  with 4.2BSD versions of talk.

RELATED INFORMATION

  Commands:  mesg(1), named(8), stty(1), talkd(8).