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Re: Proposal for write(1) addition

In article <>,
Robert Elz  <kre%munnari.OZ.AU@localhost> wrote:
>Please, no, aside from what others have said, this would totally defeat
>a sane working environment.   That is, I make a terminal, and have it create
>a utmp entry, and then I simply leave it idle, not using that terminal
>for anything - its purpose is to be a place that random applications that
>want to communicate with me can dump garbage onto the screen (and I will
>see it, sooner or later).
>On the other hand, in the terminals I'm working on, I explicitly don't
>make utmp entries, so that they will be invisible to tools like write, and
>they won't be messed up with garbage that I don't arrange for myself.
>I know I could turn off write permission, but nothing defaults that way,
>I'd need to figure out how do do it in some startup script (that is, need
>to work out in that script whether it should have w perm or not) or remember
>to do it manually.   No thanks, the current system just works fine.

Thank you!

>If the terminal emulator you're using doesn't support creating utmp entries
>(or not, at your command) then fix it.

Which is exactly what I said and did.


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