Write and wall commands on Gentoo

The write and wall commands are provided by the sys-apps/util-linux package, but only if you have the tty-helpers use flag enabled.

echo 'sys-apps/util-linux tty-helpers' >> /etc/portage/package.use


Send a message to a specified user.

me@pc ~ $ echo 'hello' | write steph
write: steph is logged in more than once; writing to pts/0

steph will see the following:

Message from me@pc on pts/4 at 20:40 ...


Send a message to all logged-in users:

me@pc ~ $ echo 'hello' | wall

Broadcast message from me@pc (pts/4) (Wed Mar 25 20:40:57 2015):

All users see the broadcast message.

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