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The SEND command sends a message immediately to another user's
@SEND (TO) /switch argument message-text
argument is one of the following: a user name
a terminal line number
an asterisk (*) [for all
(The asterisk argument requires WHEEL or OPERATOR
message is a message of up to six lines of text followed by
a carriage return.
switch is /NODE:node-name
which specifies a node in the TOPS-20 cluster to
send the message to.
Note that the privileged ^ESEND command can also
send a message to all terminals on all nodes of the
argument (see the TOPS-20 Operator's Command
Language Reference Manual).
SEND allows you to send multiple-line messages with up to
six 80-character lines of text. Type the message past the
end of the first line and onto the next line without typing
RETURN. SEND will reorganize your message on the receiver's
terminal so that words broken across two lines appear on the
You cannot contact a user with SEND if his terminal is set
to refuse messages with the REFUSE USER-MESSAGES command or
the TERMINAL INHIBIT command. Normally, if you attempt to
SEND to a user who has refused user messages, the system
prints the message ?User is refusing messages and/or links.
However, a user with Wheel or Operator capabilities enabled,
can SEND messages to users who have given a REFUSE
USER-MESSAGES command, but not the TERMINAL INHIBIT command.
Finding the Receiver's Line Number
To find the terminal line number for the receiver of a SEND
message, give the SYSTAT command with the receiver's user
name as an argument.
Sending Terminal Bells
To get the attention of the user at the receiving terminal,
type a few CTRL/Gs in your message. This will ring the
terminal bell on the receiving terminal.
SEND in a Batch Job
You can place SEND commands in a batch control file to send
messages to your terminal on the condition of a running
batch job. Since your username is associated with your
batch job and your timesharing job, use the line number
SEND as an Alternative to Mail
The SEND command can be used as an alternative to sending a
message with one of the mail programs. For short messages,
SEND can be more convenient and faster to use than a mail
program. For urgent messages, a SEND message is read
immediately by the receiver, unlike a mail message, which
can be read at the user's leisure.
User Has More Than One Job
If you attempt to SEND a message to a user who is logged-in
on more than one terminal, the system responds with a list
of the user's terminal line numbers and the programs being
run at each terminal. Type your choice of terminal line
number (if available, one running the EXEC) after the TTY:
ADVISE for sending commands to another user's job
for receiving another user's SEND message
for refusing another user's SEND message
REMARK for telling the system to regard your
terminal input as comment only
TALK for linking your terminal to another user's
TERMINAL INHIBIT for refusing all types of terminal
communication including links, advice, system
messages, user messages, alerts, and mail
1. Send a message with the SEND command.
@SEND 141 PAUL, DO YOU HAVE THE TCO TAPE?
2. Send a multiple-line message. Type the message past the end
of the line and onto the next. Press RETURN only at the end
of the message.
@SEND ASMITH AL, I CAN'T MAKE THE NORTH PROJECT MEETING;
HERMAN JUST CALLED A STAFF MEETING. I'LL WRITE MY ENGINE
ERING STATUS AND SEND IT TO YOU BEFORE LUNCH. - BILL
3. Enable your Wheel or Operator privileges and send a message
to all users.
$SEND * THE LETTER QUALITY PRINTER IS UP
From NELSON on line 127:
[THE LETTER QUALITY PRINTER IS UP]
4. Place SEND commands in your batch control file to monitor the
progress of your batch job.
@IF (ERROR) @SEND 122 Error in PROJEC batch run
14015 @SEND 122 PROJEC batch job almost done
5. Send a message to a user who has two jobs on two different
terminals. Send the message to the terminal that is running
@SEND JOHNSON Ready for lunch?
TTY20, running EXEC
TTY4, running PASCAL
6. Send a message to a user on remote node VENUS.
@SEND /NODE:VENUS ANDERSON Don't forget the meeting!