xitalk 1.2.0

xitalk is an X applet that intercepts talk requests to your consoles.
xitalk intercepts stuff like talk and write requests and allows predefined responses (such as a talk reply) anf the touch of a button. stops you getting your xterms filled with garbage when you dont want to have your xterm obscured.

You can click on respond and avoid having to manually open another window and run talk or write or close down whatever you're running to respond to the talk/write request.

Also it can be set up to automatically reply to messages, allowing you to respond automagically to write etc requests while you're gone. It has a file watch capability and can be used as a mail notification program.

Left click on the picture for a control dialog, right click to directly run whatever xitalk has prepared for you.

xitalk logs you into the utmp file on a particular tty, when you have mesg n on in every other terminal, the app will recieve talk and write requests etc.

The app pattern matches the input it recieves on its pseudo-tty and when it gets a match it optionally beeps the user, changes its bitmap/xpm display (like xbiff or something of that nature) and readies a probable response for that input into its command edit line which you can then execute directly, unless you select have selected autoanser in which case it'll run that command.



this program is similiar to xterm in that it wants to write you into the utmp file , to do so it will probably have to be suid root or set to the permissions of the utmp file anyway. as root do

make install

and it'll install it suid root for you, if that fails do chmod u+s /usr/local/bin/xitalk (or whatever it is)

What's New in This Release:

· integrated all the debian stuff I saw floating around from which has accumulated over the many years.

last updated on:
September 29th, 2005, 5:05 GMT
developed by:
Caolan McNamara
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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