TALISMAN general Information
Unix server
Pager List

Required Destination Information

Pager Products
Select one or more persons to page, Choose the pager with the least capacity last.
<maxchars Publicinfo (maintainer)

Required Message

Enter your message below, up to the size limit shown.
Don't expect to be contacted if you omit your name or phone number.
Current size is of
Now you can go right and hit Continue->. or first set advanced features below.

Optional Deferral Settings

Use Now/Today/Offset=0 for immediate dispatch, otherwise Now means same time later.
: o'clock (24hr)
Plus an offset of into the future.

Optional Notification Address

Send notification of your page being sent to this email address:

Other Random Information

You can page people directly from the Unix command line with page. The web paging system is actually just a wrapper around this command. The basic syntax is:

page  pagerid  message

The pagerid is a username from the pager list or a pager number from the pager list. Upper- and lowercase letters are considered equivalent.

If the message is omitted, then page prompts for a one-line text message, in which no quoting or other special care is required. Be aware that pagers have limited message length. page can also be used in a command pipeline, reading the first line of input.

If the message is given as part of the command line, it should usually be given enclosed in single-quotes, to keep the command interpreter from doing $-substition or the like to the text.

The option -list list you get a list of all pager identifiers. Deferred pages would appear on the output of at -l for the invoking user. Sadly, this makes deferred-via-web pages unlistable, since at(1) can only show you queued jobs for your own id, and the web server runs under a different one.

Sending messages to other people:

When sending messages to people, include a way for them to contact you.

kate-(~)-101% page anorthkeys
message: Help! Trapped in a maze of twisty little corriders -jayers@x738
success: queuing page to ANORTHKEYS at 8672637 type D.

Sending messages to yourself:

You can make the computer tell you when a job completes, or send yourself a page just to have a note on hand. The at command lets you defer a page (or some other command) until later. Typically, you'll get email message from cron when the page is about to activate.

copper-(~)-102% CC=gcc make World ; page jgrills 'build complete'

studio-(~)-103% at 12:15 tomorrow
page tobrien 'Stop work, play Command & Conquer for an hour, resume work'
(type a Control-D here.  `At' will warn you it doesn't use the C shell)
warning: commands will be executed using /bin/sh
job 815850840.a at Wed Nov  8 11:14:00 1995

Sending messages from programs to people:

You can pipe the first line of a program's output to your pager. Suppose you decide during lunch that at 5 pm you want be informed of the CPU load on Magrathea, so you can decide if you want to run a render there:

matrix-(~)-104%  at 17:00
rsh magrathea uptime | page gjohnson
(type a Control-D here)
warning: commands will be executed using /bin/sh
job 815854920.a at Wed Nov  8 12:22:00 1995

Full Syntax

The following is obtained by running page without options.

Syntax: one of the following forms:
	page [-dir <pgrdir>] [ -list | -q | -format ] <user>[/<id>]
	page [-dir <pgrdir>] [<2way-opts>] <user>[/<id>] [<message>]

	<pgrdir> is a directory of pager config files, and
	<user> is a valid, pagable user account name, and
	<id> is a pager name, if not the default
	<message> is the (possibly multiarg) message to send.

<2way-opts>: [-ra <addr> [-rm <type>]] [-r <txt>]...
	-r  <txt>    - the text of an additional reply
	-ra <addr>   - reply address, paired with -rm option
	-rm <type>   - reply method, 'email' & 'page' supported
	               defaults depending on @ in -ra optarg

	-list   - lists cfg files with PUBLIC keyword in a pager dir
	-l      - shortcut for -list
	-q      - displays a complete config file
	-format - details pager display format as listed in cfg file
	-debug  - disable transmission of page and enable debugging

If no <message> is given, stdin is read.

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