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NAME

       nwrite - enhanced write

SYNOPSIS

       nwrite [-i minutes] [-a] user[.ttyname] [user[.ttyname] ...]

DESCRIPTION

       nwrite  copies lines from your terminal to the terminals of one or more
       users.   When  called,  it  begins  copying  lines  you  type  to   the
       recipient’s  terminal(tty).  Before  sending  the  first  line of text,
       nwrite prepends the message

         Message from <name> on <tty> [to user [users ...]] at <time> ...

       Communication continues until an end of file is read from the  terminal
       or  an  interrupt  is sent.  At that point nwrite writes ‘EOF’ (or ‘EOF
       (sendername)’ if whoeof is set) on the other terminal 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,
       OR, you can let nwrite find the first writable tty, and write to  that.
       Additionally, you can use the -i option to specify a number of minutes;
       ttys more idle than the number you specify will be ignored when looking
       for ttys to write to.

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

NWRITERC

       To control how incoming nwrites look to you, create a ~/.nwriterc  with
       lines of the form:

         option  value

       Where value is either 0 or 1 (meaning no and yes) and option is one of:

       headers
              Display "user> " before each incoming line.

       beep   Cause the  terminal  to  beep  when  the  message  header  comes
              through.

       nodelay
              Do  not  wait  for the first line of input before displaying the
              message header.

       bold   Takes the following string values:

              never  no bolding (default)

              header message header only

              tag    message header and "login>" line tags

              all    bold everything

       showtarg
              Used  to  control  the  behavior  of  the  message
              header. Takes the following string values:

              never  never show recipient list

              multi  only if more than one recipient (default)

              always always show recipients

       whoeof When sending EOF, append username to differentiate
              between  many  Users  at  once  like  this:   "EOF
              (user)".

       Note  that  your  home directory must be world executable
       and the .nwriterc itself must be world readable.

EXAMPLE NWRITERC

        headers        1
        nodelay        0
        beep           0
        bold           header
        showtarg       multi

OPTIONS

       -a     arguments are zeroed so  that  the  process  table
              entry  does  not  reveal  who  you are writing to.
              (Not available on all systems.)

       -i <minutes>
              Ignore ttys more idle than <minutes> minutes.

FILES

       /var/run/utmp
              to find user

       /etc/nwrite.rc
              to set system default preferences

       ~user/.nwriterc
              to obtain target’s preferences

AUTHORS

        Marco Nicosia,    marco@csua.berkeley.edu, Summer 1993
        Aaron  C.   Smith,     aaron@csua.berkeley.edu,   Summer
       1994-Spring 1995
        Alan    Coopersmith,   alanc@csua.berkeley.edu,   Summer
       1995-present
        Master ftp site: ftp://ftp.csua.berkeley.edu/pub/nwrite/

SEE ALSO

       mesg(1) , who(1) ,