Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 2553
ytalk doesn't work (hangs)
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:50 EDT
After upgrading from RedHat 5.2 to 6.0, I found that ytalk
would allways hang and would not get any connection
Uninstalling the talk package and installing the ntalk
package from RedHat 5.2 cured the problem for me. No changes
were needed to the ytalk package.
We had the same problem. We solved the problem by doing an rpm -e
ytalk, installing Redhat's SRPM, rebuilding the ytalk rpm with
rpm -bb and installing the new RPM.
Everything seems to work fine now.
I was incorrect in my previous statement. A recompile has no effect
on the hanging of ytalk. Both in.talkd and in.ntalkd seem to fight
over ytalk connections. Commenting out the in.talkd line and leaving
the in.ntalkd line active makes ytalk behave normally.
I thought I should reword my previous incomprehensible message...
When a ytalk process hangs, both a in.talkd and in.ntalk can be
observed running on the destination machine. The only way we could
stop ytalk from hanging was to comment out the in.talkd line in
inetd.conf (leaving in.ntalkd active).
I logged a duplicate bug yesterday..
Note that even when you disable in.talkd, and get it working through
in.ntalkd, there is still a bug. When a talk session terminates, the
in.ntalkd process is left hanging around. This also needs fixing.
The severity, "normal" sounds wrong to - the whole talk subsystem is
knadgered which is quite serious :-)
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 2799 ***