[plug] Problems with talk

Greg Gamble gregg at maths.uwa.edu.au
Sun Oct 25 17:52:47 WST 1998

According to Christian:
> At 19:22 24/10/98 +0800, you wrote:
> >According to John Summerfield:
> >Ah! ... yes, indeed I see that the daemon is in.talkd and it isn't
> >running on my boss's machine and it is on mine. How is this normally
> >initiated? A grep of /etc/rc.d/* didn't turn up anything.
> root at earth:/etc# grep talk inetd.conf
> # Shell, login, exec and talk are BSD protocols.
> talk    dgram   udp     wait    root    /usr/sbin/tcpd  in.talkd
> ntalk   dgram   udp     wait    root    /usr/sbin/tcpd  in.talkd
> Explore your inetd.conf file. :)
Thanks to John, Christian and Ian, I seem to be getting closer. Checking
the setup on my boss's machine, I found that both the talk and ntalk lines 
of inetd.conf were commented out. I tried uncommenting just the ntalk line 
(as per the setup on my own machine where it works) and also uncommenting both
lines ... each experiment I followed with a

  kill -HUP 51

where 51 is the pid of inetd. Now I get:

[No connection yet]

followed (after about a second or two) by:

[Checking for invitation on caller's machine]

and it hangs. What does this suggest?

  Greg Gamble <gregg at maths.uwa.edu.au>

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