gtalk - GNU talk client
gtalk --test [--verbose]+
gtalk --subprocess [--verbose]+
gtalk [--curses] user@host [tty]
gtalk --defaultroute addr
gtalk is a program which can be used with up to three different
interfaces. The socket interface works under the emacs editor, thus
the name gtalk, but it also works with it’s own curses interface, as
well as a Xt (athena) interface.
Gtalk is compatible with the talk protocols found on SunOS as well as
the BSD protocol "ntalk". In addition, gtalk can run with the gtalkd
extensions, allowing the ability to REPLY as well as interpret
LOOK_HERE responses to announcements. Lastly, gtalk can access the
ringer protocol and automatically answer any incomming calls without
Start gtalk in auto-answer mode by installing a ringer file.
--copyright, -C Display copyright information.
Start in curses mode. If the Xt interface is not installed,
this is the default.
Set the default return route for outbound UDP requests. If you
use dynamic IP, you can write a script that will find what your
IP address is, and pass that to gtalk w/ the -d parameter.
Don’t worry about talking to someone on your computer, as the
local machine is always exempt from the filter.
--help, -h, -?
Display a useful help message
Start without readin in the initialization file .gtalkrc
Run the built in protocol test which will test most facets of
the GNU talk and ringer protocols, BSD talk protocol, SunOS talk
protocol, plus GNU simulation of the BSD and SunOS protocols.
Some setup may be needed in the file ~/.hosts.talk to get this
to be successful.
Automatically query the local talk daemon to learn who most
recently made a talk request for you, and automatically connect
Run gtalk in socket mode. Used under emacs for the emacs
interface. Is also useful for playing around with the talk
protocol to see what different messages do if the binary is
Print extra information while running. This feature is
automatically disabled in Curses mode, but works under the Xt
interface, and in the Socket interface. Multiple occurances of
--verbose increases the amount of output.
Prints the current version of gtalk.
Please reference the GTALK info page, as that will be more up to date
than this man page.
Gtalk, when running under the Athena widget set, has the following
modifiable X resources. These resources are associated with various
widgets used to create the Xt interface.
Gtalk* .background, .foreground, etc
Basic application name, followed by one of the typical
Top level pane widget.
This is a Box widget which holds the menu. The menu buttons are
all named the same as the label which is on them.
This pane holds sub-panes which each individually hold the Text
widget, and label associated with each user window.
This is the equivalent of a minibuffer in emacs.
This pane holds the text and label assocaited with the local
This pane holds the text and label assiciated with "username".
This lets you give different users different colors!
This is a text widget found in specified pane.
This is the label showing user details.
FILES AND ENVIRONMENT
This file contains information relating names socket/service
information to names. It is used to determine the "[n]talk"
socket when contacting a talk daemon.
System level gtalk initialization file. Contains valid gtalk
commands and settings.
User gtalk initialization file. Contains valid gtalk commands
and settings. See info file for extended commands.
System level host description file. Defines host names, and the
talk daemon version assocaited with each.
Local version of the HOSTS file. Contains a user’s personal
list of host names and associated talk versions.
Contains a substitute for ~/.hosts.talk
This is the "ringer" file which gtalkd reads. it holds a
definition of a UDP socket address in host byte order. Gtalkd
then sends the announcement to this socket instead of to the
terminal associated with the user. If the definition in this
file describes a host other than the one the talk daemon is on
(a common occurance in a network which uses NFS heavilly), then
a LOOK_HERE message is returned.
This is a filter file used by gtalkd to determine whether to
announce to you or not. In it you can specify patterns of
denial. See gtalkd(8) for details.
This variable describes an X display gtalk will attempt to use
when initializing the Xt interface.
The PWD is referenced in the standard way to access your
preferred finger name (long name) which is displayed and
transferred between GNU clients.
Eric M Ludlam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Currently there is no verification associated with some connections.
This could result in unusual behavior durring high traffic. Report
bugs to <email@example.com>.
Copyright © 1995, 1996 Eric M. Ludlam
Copyright © 1997 Free Software Foundation
The newest version of gtalk can be found within the gtalk distribution.
As of the writing of this manual, it can be found on