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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for mesg (netbsd section 1)

MESG(1) 			   BSD General Commands Manual				  MESG(1)

NAME
     mesg -- display (do not display) messages from other users

SYNOPSIS
     mesg [n | y]

DESCRIPTION
     The mesg utility is invoked by a user to control write access others have to the terminal
     device associated with the standard error output.	Write access is allowed by default, and
     programs such as talk(1) and write(1) may display messages on the terminal.

     Options available:

     n	   Disallows messages.

     y	   Permits messages to be displayed.

     If no arguments are given, mesg displays the present message status to the standard error
     output.

     The mesg utility exits with one of the following values:

	    0	 Messages are allowed.
	    1	 Messages are not allowed.
	   >1	 An error has occurred.

FILES
     /dev/[pt]ty[pq]?

SEE ALSO
     biff(1), talk(1), write(1)

HISTORY
     A mesg command appeared in Version 6 AT&T UNIX.

BSD					   June 6, 1993 				      BSD


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