SUMMARY: ntalk

From: David Worrell (
Date: Sat Dec 03 1994 - 01:58:27 CST

On Mon, 28 Nov 1994, David Worrell wrote:

> Greetings,
> We recently upgraded from a SPARC 2 to a SPARC 20 and also from SunOS 4.1.3
> to Solaris 2.3. The main purpose of this workstation is to provide internet
> access. Many users were using ntalk to "talk" to users on other systems.
> The talk that is supplied with Solaris 2.3 is platform dependent; whereas,
> ntalk is not but apparently is a BSD implementation. I can't seem to locate
> a copy that has been ported to Solaris 2.x. Does anyone know where I can get
> one? Alternatively, is there a way of doing a "BSD" compatible compile either
> with the SUN SPARCompiler C or GNU C? Or is my only recourse to "bite the
> bullet" and do the port myself?

Thanks to the following respondents:

Pete Shipley <>
Timothy G Smith - Special Projects <tgsmith@Sun.COM> (0000-Admin(0000))
Michael Myers <> (David Burzota) (Arvin S. Bhullar)
Dan Stromberg - OAC-DCS <>
ld kelley <> (Eckhard Rueggeberg)


        - learn to program or ditch Solaris
        - use /usr/ucb/cc the source compatibility package compiler (SCP)
        - try or [for ntalk source]
        - use the SunOS compatibility mode to run the old binary
        - use ytalk as client and ntalkd as the server


I already know how to program but don't really have the time or inclination
to port ntalk or ditch Solaris. I did, however, use a combination of the
remaining ideas:

        - copied the ntalk binary from SunOS 4.1.3
        - ftped ntalk.tar.Z from
        - compiled and installed ntalkd
        - ftped ytalk from
        - compiled and installed ytalk

Note: I couldn't get ntalk to compile - that's why I used the old binary.
       Also, note that ntalk is not really necessary since ytalk will use
       ntalkd if the target host only supports ntalk.

David N. Worrell
Lead Systems Programmer

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Winston-Salem, NC 27157

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