Exchange typed communication with another user
who is on the local machine or on machine hostname
might be useful when you're logged in via modem and need something quickly, making it inconvenient to telephone or send email. talk
splits your screen into two windows. When connection is established, you type in the top half while user
's typing appears in the bottom half. Type
to redraw the screen and
(or interrupt) to exit. If user
is logged in more than once, use tty
to specify the terminal line. The user
needs to have used
There are different versions of talk
that use different protocols; interoperability across different Unix systems is very limited.
is also not very useful if the remote user you are "calling" is using a windowing environment, since there is no way for you to know which tty
to use to get their attention. The connection request could easily show up in an iconified window! Even if you know the remote tty
, the called party must have done a
to accept the request.