remote user communication server
Talkd is the server that notifies a user that someone
else wants to initiate a conversation. It acts a repository of invitations,
responding to requests by clients wishing to rendezvous to hold a
conversation. In normal operation, a client, the caller, initiates a
rendezvous by sending a CTL_MSG to the server of type LOOK_UP (see
⟨protocols/talkd.h⟩). This causes the
server to search its invitation tables to check if an invitation currently
exists for the caller (to speak to the callee specified in the message). If
the lookup fails, the caller then sends an ANNOUNCE message causing the server
to broadcast an announcement on the callee's login ports requesting contact.
When the callee responds, the local server uses the recorded invitation to
respond with the appropriate rendezvous address and the caller and callee
client programs establish a stream connection through which the conversation
-d] Debug mode; writes copious logging and debugging
information to /var/log/talkd.log.
-p] Packet logging mode; writes copies of
malformed packets to /var/log/talkd.packets. This is
useful for debugging interoperability problems.
-q] Don't log successful connects.
talkd command appeared in