zaway - tell other people via Zephyr that you aren't
zaway [ file ]
zaway provides a way for you to automatically send replies
when other people contact you using zwrite(1). zaway sub-
scribes itself to class "MESSAGE", instance "*", so that
it can monitor your incoming messages. It does not affect
the operation of any other client receiving messages.
zaway is typically run when you are leaving your terminal
or display temporarily. zaway usually never exits; when
you return to your terminal you should type the interrupt
character (usually ^C) in order to make zaway exit.
zaway uses a message file (which defaults to $HOME/.away)
to describe what reponses should be sent to which senders.
The general format of this file is:
Any number of user names may be specified preceding the
message to send to those senders. If a user name appears
more than once, the message will be a concatenation of
each of the appropriate messages. There are two special
names: "*" indicates that the following message should be
sent to all senders and "%" indicates that the following
message should only be sent if the user name has not
If no file is specified, and no default file can be found,
the following message is returned:
I'm sorry, but I am currently away from the terminal
and am not able to receive your message.
If a user name does not match any of those listed in the
file, and no "*" or "%" field is specified, no return mes-
sage is sent. All messages are preceded by the line
"Automated reply:". To avoid loops, messages are not sent
in response to messages beginning with "Automated reply:"
or sent by the same Kerberos principal as the user running
Hi there guys! I'm in the other room right now.
I'll be back in 5 minutes or so.
Sorry, but I'm gone for the day...
Hello...I'm not sure who you are. I'll be back soon,
This message comes to you compliments of zaway!
The final "compliments" message will be included in all
messages, whereas the "I'm not sure" message will only be
included in messages that are not from "eichin", "tony",
zephyr(1), zwgc(1), zwrite(1), zhm(8), zephyrd(8)
Project Athena Technical Plan Section E.4.1, `Zephyr Noti-
Robert S. French (MIT-Project Athena)
Copyright (c) 1987,1988 by the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. All Rights Reserved.
zephyr(1) specifies the terms and conditions for redistri-
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