Provided by: inetutils-talkd_1.8-6_i386 bug


     talkd -- remote user communication server




     Talkd is the server that notifies a user that someone else wants to
     initiate a conversation.  It acts as a repository of invitations,
     responding to requests by clients wishing to rendezvous to hold a
     conversation.  In normal operation, a client, the caller, initiates a
     rendezvous by sending a CTL_MSG to the server of type LOOK_UP (see
     <protocols/talkd.h>).  This causes the server to search its invitation
     tables to check if an invitation currently exists for the caller (to
     speak to the callee specified in the message).  If the lookup fails, the
     caller then sends an ANNOUNCE message causing the server to broadcast an
     announcement on the callee's login ports requesting contact.  When the
     callee responds, the local server uses the recorded invitation to respond
     with the appropriate rendezvous address and the caller and callee client
     programs establish a stream connection through which the conversation
     takes place.


     talk(1), write(1)


     The talkd command appeared in 4.3BSD.