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TTYMSG(3) Library Functions Manual TTYMSG(3) NAME ttymsg -- ttymsg utility function LIBRARY System Utilities Library (libutil, -lutil) SYNOPSIS #include <util.h> char * ttymsg(struct iovec *iov, int iovlen, const char *tty, int tmout); DESCRIPTION The ttymsg() function is used by programs such as talkd(8), syslogd(8), wall(1), etc., to display the contents of a uio structure on a terminal. ttymsg() forks and finishes in the child if the write would block after waiting up to tmout seconds. RETURN VALUES ttymsg() returns a pointer to an error string on unexpected error; the string is not newline-terminated. Various "normal" errors are ignored (exclusive-use, lack of permission, etc.). SEE ALSO writev(2) BUGS ttymsg could grow some flags and a username/uid who is the expected owner of the tty. If the flags say so then the owner should be checked against the tty owner, and the message should not be sent if there is a mismatch. Also another flag could say check against group writable, and don't send a message. NetBSD 7.1.2 January 15, 2013 NetBSD 7.1.2