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       gtalk - GNU talk client


       gtalk --version
       gtalk --help
       gtalk --copyright
       gtalk --test [--verbose]+
       gtalk --subprocess [--verbose]+
       gtalk --reply
       gtalk [--curses] user@host [tty]
       gtalk --auto-answer
       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
       any intervention.

       --auto-answer, -a
              Start  gtalk  in  auto-answer  mode by installing a ringer file.
              --copyright, -C Display copyright information.

       --curses, -c
              Start in curses mode.  If the Xt  interface  is  not  installed,
              this is the default.

       --defaultroute, -d
              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

       --no-init-file, -q
              Start without readin in the initialization file .gtalkrc

       --test, -t
              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 ~/ to  get  this
              to be successful.

       --reply, -r
              Automatically  query  the  local  talk  daemon to learn who most
              recently made a talk request for you, and automatically  connect
              to them.

       --subprocess, -s
              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
              compiled correctly.

       --verbose, -v
              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.


              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 ~/

              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 <>


       Currently there is no verification associated  with  some  connections.
       This  could  result  in  unusual behavior durring high traffic.  Report
       bugs to <>.


       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*.tar.gz


       gtalkd(8) xphone(1)