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Linux Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition by Daniel J. Barrett

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mesg — stdin  stdout  - file  -- opt  --help  --version

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mesg [y|n]

The mesg program controls whether talk and write connections can reach your terminal. mesg y permits them, mesg n denies them, and mesg prints the current status (y or n). The default is y. mesg has no effect on modern instant messaging programs like pidgin.

$ mesg
is y
$ mesg n
$ mesg
is n

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