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Old 02-21-2004, 10:33 AM   #1
Registered: Jan 2004
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talk/ytalk in X


I have a question about 'talk/ytalk',

when I'm logged in as Root in X-windows, other people can't request talk to me.
if i'm logged in in a 'regular terminal' they can.
I can request talk to them, but they can't request me.

They get an error message saying 'other party is refusing connection' or something like that.

thanks for your time
Old 09-04-2004, 06:16 PM   #2
Registered: Jul 2003
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I need help also.

I have the same problem. I am currently using Mandrake 10.
My problem is this. I have an outside user connect via SSH and I want for them to be
able to ytalk me. The problem is in the way that Mandrake handles tty. If I have the
system auto login one of my users (locally into X) and I start an xterm and do a who command it shows nothing. If I don't have it set to auto login and I actually log in from the console and then startx, I open an xterm and if I do who it shows my user on vc/1. No matter how many xterms I open that's all it'll show. Of course this is the console I ran startx from. If I try to ytalk all messages are sent to that console but I can't see it because I'm in X. Now if I su to root and then open a new xterm as root
who will show root as being on pts/(number varies). From here the outside user can ytalk
the root user by using the command, ytalk root@pts/(N). (I don't want this, I want them to be able to talk to a regular user.) The problem is I don't understand
how Mandrake is handling this. In all the other distros I've used if I opened and xterm
each one would show under who with it's corresponding pts/(N). But since it's not giving
me a new tty how do I direct messages to a specific Xterm? I'm sorry if this post is
confusing. I hope someone can help me out.


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