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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for mesg (opensolaris section 1)

mesg(1) 				  User Commands 				  mesg(1)

NAME
       mesg - permit or deny messages

SYNOPSIS
       mesg [-n | -y | n | y]

DESCRIPTION
       The  mesg  utility  will  control  whether  other  users  are allowed to send messages via
       write(1), talk(1), or other utilities to a terminal device. The terminal  device  affected
       is  determined  by  searching for the first terminal in the sequence of devices associated
       with standard input, standard output, and standard error, respectively. With no arguments,
       mesg  reports the current state without changing it. Processes with appropriate privileges
       may be able to send messages to the terminal independent of the current state.

OPTIONS
       The following options are supported:

       -n|n	Denies permission to other users to send message to the terminal. See write(1).

       -y|y	Grants permission to other users to send messages to the terminal.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       See environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment  variables	that  affect  the
       execution of mesg: LANG, LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, LC_MESSAGES, and NLSPATH.

EXIT STATUS
       The following exit values are returned:

       0     if messages are receivable.

       1     if messages are not receivable.

       2     on error.

FILES
       /dev/tty*      terminal devices

       /dev/pts/*     terminal devices

ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Availability		     |SUNWcsu			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Interface Stability	     |Standard			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

SEE ALSO
       talk(1), write(1), attributes(5), environ(5), standards(5)

SunOS 5.11				   31 Oct 1997					  mesg(1)


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