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       xtell - sends a message to another computer running xtelld


       xtell [-v] [user[:tty][@host[:port]]] [message]

       write  user [tty]


       How  to  use  it:  suppose  you  want  to  send  a  message  to  user  gubas  on  computer Just type:

       prompt:~% xtell Hi

       To send multiple lines long message to user 7tokarova  at  computer,

        prompt:~% xtell
        How are you today
        Please answer

       in this case, finish sending messages with EOF (CTRL D)

       If  you  want  to  send  message  to user holik on local computer, you can do it either by

        prompt:~% xtell holik@localhost Hi

       or simply:

        prompt:~% xtell holik Hi

       To send message to certain tty, append the tty to username, separated by colon:

        prompt:~% xtell 'Sveikas Tomai'

       will  send   message   'Sveikas   Tomai'   to   user   stanys   on   ttyp2   at   computer

       To  specify  other port than the default 4224, append the port to computer name, separated
       by colon:

        prompt:~% xtell 'Ahoj'

       assumes the xtell daemon runs at computer radon on port 4000, and sends the message 'Ahoj'
       to user bosa.

       Option  -v  turns verbose mode on. Xtell will then display some messgaes about connecting,
       which is usefull especially when the connection is slow.


        prompt:~% xtell -v

       xtell invoked without parameters will ask user for username and host to send  the  message

       If the user has created in his/her/its home directory the file .xtell-log, and the file is
       writable by nobody, all messages will be written to this file as well  as  to  the  screen
       (handy when the screen is overwritten and you could not see the message).

       xtell  checks  the environmental variable XTELLPROMPT.  If it exists, it is used as prompt
       for messages.

       Last notice: if you do not think zsh is the best shell, (besides doing a mistake)  replace
       prompt:~% in above text with prompt:~$ or whatever :-)


       Radovan GarabĂ­k (


       xtelld(8), write(1), talk(1), talkd(8), tty(1)


       What  happens  to  .xtell-log when two messages arrive simultaneously? There is no locking