What is c-hey ?
c-hey is a unix terminal based Instant Messaging Utility. In conjunction
with the standard unix utility "write", it allows shell users to
send messages to each other conveinently, easily and more personally.
It's buffers the message, and adds customisable titles and borders. So
heys (that's what we call a message you receive with c-hey) are highly
personal, and in effect "skinable". As far as we know, hey is the earliest
example of skinable instant messaging.
Some examples of heys:
Message from pooka on prodigy (pts/165) [ Mon 22/Apr/2002 22:36:13 ] ...
* Groovy. *
Message from c-hey on prodigy (pts/9) [ Mon 31/Dec/2001 00:31:49 ] ...
O a boring bland hey O
And here's a hey being sent and received:
colmmacc@prodigy (~) $ hey colmmacc
colmmacc 1> a rather more interesting hey, displaying the fact that hey will automatically
colmmacc 1> word-wrap your message, and if you look to the left, you can see the prompt
colmmacc is logged on more than one place. Using (pts/220).
hey: colmmacc - groovy
Message from colmmacc on prodigy (pts/220) [ Mon 31/Dec/2001 00:34:12 ] ...
======================= [ illegal operation ] =======================
a rather more interesting hey, displaying the fact that hey will
word-wrap your message, and if you look to the left, you can see
With c-hey, you have full control over the title, border, word-wrapping, prompt
style. It uses the readline library for composing heys, so all your handy command
line editing skills still work, and even if you've never edited you're command
line the arrows (up,dowm,left,right) and keys like delete and backspace all work
as you would expect them.
There are more details on the features of c-hey in the