Ever wondered how the hackers in the movies always chatted in their little green on black terminals? I’ll show you how with yTalk and SSH.
I took a liking to yTalk because it was easy to install, and easy to chat with others on the same / remote terminal session over SSH.
Install yTalk with Apt-Get on Ubuntu Linux
To install yTalk with Apt-Get on Ubuntu Linux, simply issue the following command in your SSH session:
apt-get install ytalk
Once installed, just type yTalk to see your list of commands:
Usage: ytalk [options] user[@host][#tty]... Options: -i -- no auto-invite port -Y -- require caps on all y/n answers -E -- require
before y/n answers -s -- start a shell -q -- prompt before quitting -v -- print program version -h host_or_ip -- select interface or virtual host
Start talking to a friend in the same SSH session using yTalk
To initiate a conversation with a friend on the same SSH session, issue the following (where username is equal to your friends username):
If you are unsure of your friends username, issue the who command to retrieve it:
Once the conversation has been initiated, your friend will receive a message prompting him to chat. Accept it to continue.
Start talking to a friend on a remote SSH session using yTalk
To initiate a conversation with a friend on a remote server, you can use the ‘-h’ flag, meaning host.
This will only work if your friend has yTalk installed on the remote machine:
ytalk drew -h 192.168.0.1
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