WALL(1)                         User Commands                        WALL(1)


wall – write a message to all users


wall [-n] [-t timeout] [message | file]


wall displays a message, or the contents of a file, or otherwise its
standard input, on the terminals of all currently logged in users.
The command will wrap lines that are longer than 79 characters.
Short lines are whitespace padded to have 79 characters.  The command
will always put a carriage return and new line at the end of each

Only the superuser can write on the terminals of users who have
chosen to deny messages or are using a program which automatically
denies messages.

Reading from a file is refused when the invoker is not superuser and
the program is suid or sgid.


-n, –nobanner
Suppress the banner.

-t, –timeout timeout
Abandon the write attempt to the terminals after timeout
seconds.  This timeout must be a positive integer.  The
default value is 300 seconds, which is a legacy from the time
when people ran terminals over modem lines.

-V, –version
Display version information and exit.

-h, –help
Display help text and exit.


Some sessions, such as wdm, that have in the beginning of utmp(5)
ut_type data a ‘:’ character will not get the message from wall.
This is done to avoid write errors.


mesg(1), talk(1), write(1), shutdown(8)


A wall command appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX.


The wall command is part of the util-linux package and is available
from Linux Kernel Archive


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util-linux                       August 2013                         WALL(1)


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