About YTalk

YTalk is a compatible replacement for the BSD talk(1) program.

The main advantage of YTalk is the ability to communicate with any arbitrary number of users at once. It supports both talk protocols ("talk" and "ntalk") and can communicate with several different talk daemons at the same time.

You may also spawn a command shell in your talk window and let other users watch. YTalk supports a basic set of VT100 control codes, as well as job control (BSD support added in 3.1.3)

The program was originally written and maintained by Britt Yenne up to version 3.0pl2 in 1993. After that, Roger Espel Llima kept it alive for another ten years. In 2003, it was taken over by the MetaWire Coding Group, who only released one version (3.1.2).

Later YTalk was in the hands of Andreas Kling.

Currently is hosted in Ourproject. You can see the project page.


YTalk has been tested and used on a number of systems and configurations, including GNU/Linux, GNU/Hurd, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, MacOS X, Digital UNIX/Tru64 UNIX, HP-UX, IRIX, AIX, QNX, UnixWare and BSD/OS.

It is both endian- and 64-bit safe, as well as 8-bit clean and perfectly compatible with both types of talk daemons.

Please e-mail us at ytalk [a-t] impul [d-o-t] se if you are having any trouble building or running YTalk.
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