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NAME

       phone - Phone utility for DECnet

SYNOPSIS

       phone [options]
       Options:
       [-vVh] [-s switchhook char] [initial command]

DESCRIPTION

       phone  is  a  program that allows the user to communicate interactively
       with users on VMS systems. Two user interfaces are available: X-Windows
       (GTK+)  and  terminal (ncurses). If X-Windows is available and compiled
       into phone then it will be used unless the -n flag is  present  on  the
       command line.
       After  entering  the phone command you will be presented with the phone
       screen which has windows for the chat and a command-line at the top. If
       you  are  not  talking  to  another  user  then  you can enter commands
       directly, otherwise you will need to precede commands with the  'switch
       hook' character, which defaults to the percent sign (%).
       You  can also enter a command for phone on the shell command-line. This
       command will be executed when phone starts up. This makes it convenient
       to enter commands such as:
        'phone answer' or 'phone marsha::chrissie'

       In command mode phone understands several commands:

       DIAL <node::user>     Call a user
       ANSWER                Answer an incoming call
       REJECT                Reject an incoming call
       EXIT or QUIT          Return the the command prompt
       HOLD                  Hold all callers
       UNHOLD                Unhold callers
       HANGUP                Hangup the phone
       DIR <node>            Show users logged into <node>
       FACSIMILE <file>      Send <file>
       HELP                  Show this help

       All  commands  (apart  from  QUIT  and  EXIT)  can  be abbreviated to 3
       characters  and  all  (really  all  this  time)   commands   are   case
       insensitive.

OPTIONS

       -h -?  Displays help for using the command.

       -V     Show the version of phone.

       -s     Set  the  switch  hook  character. This is the character used to
              switch from talking to another user and entering PHONE  commands
              when using the terminal interface.x

       -n     Disables  use  of  the X-windows user interface. Use this to run
              phone in an xterm.

SEE ALSO

       phoned(8)