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Old 08-21-2009
talk command to chat

Hi,

Could you please advice on the following query:

There are 2 users on a unix box:
1. aaaa
2. bbbb

I open 2 putty sessions and login with the above 2 users.
Then I type the following using the aaaa user to chat with bbbb.

talk bbbb
or
talk bbbb@hostname

Result: the screen goes blank?

Any ideas, please?

Regards,
Girish.

---------- Post updated 08-21-09 at 02:49 AM ---------- Previous update was 08-20-09 at 09:55 AM ----------

Anybody ...any idea?
# 2  
Old 08-21-2009
Do you have a firewall ?
# 3  
Old 08-21-2009
I login to my windows desktop.
the I click on "start"-->"run" -->"telnet a.b.c.d x" to break firewall and get access to the server.

Both the users aaaa and bbbb belong to the same server.
I open 2 putty sessions and then i did what ever I had written in my 1st post.

---------- Post updated at 05:18 AM ---------- Previous update was at 04:45 AM ----------

chat using the write command is working fine though.
# 4  
Old 08-21-2009
Talks is not very secure and disabled on many Unix systems. check whether talk is enabled on system. /etc/inetd.conf or xinetd.conf is fist place to look. If enabled and still not working try flushing firewall rules (iptables -F assuming Linux)
# 5  
Old 08-24-2009
Hi Denny,

I could see the following entry in /etc/inetd.conf

[aaaa@xxxx] $ grep -i talk /etc/inetd.conf
ntalk dgram udp wait root /usr/lbin/ntalkd ntalkd

FYI, this is HPUX.

[aaaa@xxxx] $ which talk
/usr/bin/talk

[aaaa@xxxx] $ ls -ltr /usr/bin/talk
-r-xr-xr-x 1 bin bin 32768 Nov 14 2000 /usr/bin/talk


Regards,
Girish.
 

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