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WRITE(1)		   Linux Programmer's Manual		      WRITE(1)

       write - send a message to another user

       write user [ttyname]

       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 mes-
       sage 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 ter-
       minal.  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

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

       If  the	user you want to write to is logged in on more than one	termi-
       nal, you	can specify which terminal to write to by specifying the  ter-
       minal  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

       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.

       mesg(1),	talk(1), who(1)

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

				 12 March 1995			      WRITE(1)


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