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NAME

       zaway - tell other people via Zephyr that you aren't around

SYNOPSIS

       zaway [ OPTIONS ] [ FILE ]

DESCRIPTION

       zaway  provides  a way for you to automatically send replies when other
       people contact you using zwrite(1). zaway subscribes  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.

   OPTIONS
       -m STRING
              Use STRING as the body of the auto-reply message.   Any  message
              file (specified on the command line or the default) is ignored.

       -w     Watch  the  invoking  user's  location  status.   If the user is
              locatable anywhere, no auto-replies will be sent.

       -h     Displays a short usage message and exits.

       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:

            >name
            >name
            message
            >name
            message

       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 matched yet.

       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 message is sent.  All messages
       are  preceded  by  a  signature  "Automated  reply:".   To avoid loops,
       messages are not  sent  in  response  to  messages  beginning  with  an
       "Automated  reply:" signature or sent by the same Kerberos principal as
       the user running zaway.

SAMPLE FILE

       >eichin
       >tony
       Hi there guys!  I'm in the other room right now.
       I'll be back in 5 minutes or so.
       >jruser
       Sorry, but I'm gone for the day...
       >%
       Hello...I'm not sure who you are.  I'll be back soon,
       though.
       >*
       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", or "jruser".

FILES

       $HOME/.away

SEE ALSO

       zephyr(1), zwgc(1), zwrite(1), zhm(8), zephyrd(8)
       Project Athena  Technical  Plan  Section  E.4.1,  `Zephyr  Notification
       Service'

AUTHOR

       Robert S. French (MIT-Project Athena)

RESTRICTIONS

       Copyright  (c)  1987,1988 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
       All Rights Reserved.
       zephyr(1) specifies the terms and conditions for redistribution.



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