wall [-n] [-t TIMEOUT] [file]
Wall displays the contents of file or, by default, its standard input, on
the terminals of all currently logged in users. The command will cut over
79 character long lines to new lines. Short lines are white space padded
to have 79 characters. The command will always put carriage return and
new line at the end of each line.
Only the super-user can write on the terminals of users who have chosen
to deny messages or are using a program which automatically denies mes-
Reading from a file is refused when the invoker is not superuser and the
program is suid or sgid.
-t, --timeout TIMEOUT
Write timeout to terminals in seconds. Argument must be posi-
tive integer. Default value is 300 seconds, which is a legacy
from time when people ran terminals over modem lines.
Output version and exit.
-h, --help Output help and exit.
mesg(1), talk(1), write(1), shutdown(8)
A wall command appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.
The wall command is part of the util-linux package and is available from
util-linux April 2011 util-linux
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