Stupid question

K Anderson freebsduser at
Fri Mar 28 11:39:36 PST 2003

Gerard Samuel wrote:
> How does one send a message to another logged in user on the same box 
> via the command line??
> Thanks

No such thing as a stupid question, it's the answers you have to worry 
about that make it seem stupid. defines stupid as:

    1.  Slow to learn or understand; obtuse.
    2. Tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes.
    3. Marked by a lack of intelligence or care; foolish or careless: a 
stupid mistake.
    4. Dazed, stunned, or stupefied.
    5. Pointless; worthless: a stupid job.

 From bottom to top,
    5 - Your question was not pointless or worthless.
    4 - Hopefully it wasn't any of these.
    3 - Hmmm, we're getting dangerously close to questions being stupid, 
but unless some previous life experience exposed this to you then nope.
    2 - It certainly wasn't a poor decision or careless mistake that you 
asked a question.
    1 - Being slow to learn or understand a given problem isn't really 
that bad. With all the different commands, software packages, utilities 
and what nots for any given OS, unless you encountered it through a life 
experience or learned it then that wouldn't make one a slow learner. At 
most it is getting close to obtuse. But even then unless you encountered 
the concept of your question it really doesn't count.

You can start with /man write/ then go from there, being sure to review 
the SEE ALSO section for other commands that might do what you want as well.

HTH :)

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