1.173.1. RHEA-2011:0828: talk enhancement update
Updated talk packages that add one enhancement are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
The talk utility is a communication program that copies lines from one terminal to the terminal of another user.
* The talk utility allows a user to specify the target user in the "username.hostname" form. Consequent to this, previous versions of the utility did not support usernames that contained a period. With this update, a new command line option (that is, "-x") has been added to enforce the use of the "username@hostname" form, so that the username can contain periods. As well, the corresponding manual page has been extended to provide a complete list of supported command line arguments. (BZ#574451
All users of talk are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which add this enhancement.