[ih] Origin of 'talk' command

Geoff Huston gih at telstra.net
Fri Dec 20 06:58:02 PST 2002

At 02:20 PM 12/19/2002 -0500, Perry E. Metzger wrote:

>Brian Dear <brian at platopeople.com> writes:
> > Does anyone know the date that the Unix "talk" command originally
> > appeared, and on what version/platform of Unix, and also if there's an
> > RFC on it (I've not been able to locate one)?
>There is no RFC on it. The program originally appeared in BSD Unix --
>I am almost certain it was in 4.2, though it might have appeared in an
>earlier interim release. You could track down the initial date on it
>pretty easily by looking at the online BSD sources at tuhs.org

I recall this functionality on early DecSystem10 systems around the
79 - 80 vintage,  although I really don't recall whether it was a local hack
or not.


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