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

WRITE(1)			   BSD General Commands Manual				 WRITE(1)

NAME
     write -- send a message to another user

SYNOPSIS
     write user [ttyname]

DESCRIPTION
     write allows you to communicate with other users, by copying lines from your terminal to
     theirs.

     When you run the write command, the user you are writing to gets a message of the form:

	   Message from yourname@yourhost on yourtty at hh:mm ...

     Any further lines you enter will be copied to the specified user's terminal.  If the other
     user wants to reply, they must run write as well.

     When you are done, type an end-of-file or interrupt character.  The other user will see the
     message 'EOF' indicating that the conversation is over.

     You can prevent people (other than the super-user) from writing to you with the mesg(1) com-
     mand.  Some commands, for example nroff(1) and pr(1), disallow writing automatically, so
     that your output isn't overwritten.

     If the user you want to write to is logged in on more than one terminal, you can specify
     which terminal to write to by specifying the terminal name as the second operand to the
     write command.  Alternatively, you can let write select one of the terminals - it will pick
     the one with the shortest idle time.  This is so that if the user is logged in at work and
     also dialed up from home, the message will go to the right place.

     The traditional protocol for writing to someone is that the string '-o', either at the end
     of a line or on a line by itself, means that it's the other person's turn to talk.  The
     string 'oo' means that the person believes the conversation to be over.

SEE ALSO
     mesg(1), talk(1), who(1)

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

BSD					   June 6, 1993 				      BSD


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