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WRITE(1)		    General Commands Manual		      WRITE(1)

NAME
       write  -	 write to another user

SYNOPSIS
       write user [ ttyname ]

DESCRIPTION
       Write  copies  lines  from your terminal	to that	of another user.  When
       first called, it	sends the message

	    Message from yourname yourttyname...

       The recipient of	the message should write back at this point.  Communi-
       cation  continues  until	an end of file is read from the	terminal or an
       interrupt is sent.  At that point write writes `EOT' on the other  ter-
       minal and exits.

       If  you	want  to  write	to a user who is logged	in more	than once, the
       ttyname argument	may be used to indicate	the appropriate	terminal name.

       Permission to write may be denied or granted by use of  the  mesg  com-
       mand.  At the outset writing is allowed.	 Certain commands, in particu-
       lar nroff and pr(1) disallow messages in	order to prevent messy output.

       If the character	`!' is found at	the beginning of a line,  write	 calls
       the shell to execute the	rest of	the line as a command.

       The  following  protocol	 is  suggested for using write:	when you first
       write to	another	user, wait for him to write back  before  starting  to
       send.   Each  party  should  end	 each  message with a distinctive sig-
       nal--(o)	for `over' is conventional--that the other  may	 reply.	  (oo)
       for `over and out' is suggested when conversation is about to be	termi-
       nated.

FILES
       /etc/utmp to find user
       /bin/sh	      to execute `!'

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

								      WRITE(1)

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