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I want to send out a message to all users, in certain groups, logged into a server. I tried using the wall command so either I'm not using it improperly or it is not the correct way to do it. What I want to do is send out a message to all users on a server (using gui not a terminal) and have that pop-up (like the javascript pop-up widows) appear for people on the gui! I know it is possible but I don't know how do do it!
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by:ellesd
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Try rwall instead of wall.  You cannot specify server with wall.  It reads from stdin (keyboard) or you can pipe or redirect file.

rwall servername
rwall -h servername -n netgroup

I like using it as a pipe.
Try it and let me know.
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by:irisex
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This is what you need. It does not exist as built-in command in Unix.
http://www.pth.com/VWall/
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tfewster earned 800 total points
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I couldn't see how to download VWall, so here's a DIY approach:

1) Create a list of connected workstations (using `who -u` ?). This bit needs more thought...
Or the workstations that _might_ connect. Call it "wslist"

2) Create a little shell script, "myscript"
echo "Place your message here"
echo "Press <Return> to continue"
read ans

3) for ws in `cat wslist`
do
xterm -display ${ws}:0.0 -geom 110x10 -fn Rom14 -bg black -fg red -T `hostname` -e myscript &
done

This pops an xterm up on each display, with the specified size/font/colours, and executes `myscript`
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