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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       finger, f - Displays user information

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       finger [-bfhilmpqsw] [user...]

       The finger command displays information about the users in
       the passwd file.

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       Produces a briefer version of long  format  output.   Suppresses
  display  of  header  line  (the  first  line that
       defines the displayed  fields).   Suppresses  printing  of
       files  in  long  and brief long formats.  Produces a quick
       listing with  idle  times.   Forces  long  output  format.
       Assumes  user  specified  is  an account name, not a given
       name or surname.  Suppresses printing of files in long and
       brief  long  formats.  Produces a quick listing, including
       only login name, terminal name, and  login  time.   Forces
       short output format.  Forces narrow, short format listing.

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       By default, information for  each  user  on  the  host  is
       listed. This information includes the login name, terminal
       name and write status (an * (asterisk)) before the  terminal
  name  appears  (if  write  permission is denied), and
       login time.

       The finger command uses a longer output  format  when  you
       specify  a  user  or a list of users.  You can use account
       name, given name, or surname (as listed in /etc/passwd) to
       specify  users.  This multiline format includes the information
 described previously, as well as full name,  office
       number,  and  phone  number  (if  known);  the user's home
       directory and login shell; idle time; any  plan  that  the
       user  has placed in the file in the user's home directory;
       and the project on which the user is working from the file
       in  the  home directory.  (Idle time is minutes if it is a
       single integer, hours and minutes if a : (colon)  is  present,
 or days and hours if a d is present.)

       If  a  host is not specified, the information is for users
       on the local host; otherwise, the information is for users
       at the specified host.  You can specify a user on a remote
       host by using the form user@host;  if  you  specify  @host
       alone,  the  standard  format  listing  is provided on the
       remote system. If a long format printout  is  to  be  produced,
  the  -l option is passed to the remote finger daemon.
  No other  options  are  honored  for  remote  finger

       The  finger  command displays user information only if the
       specified host has a fingerd server running  or  inetd  is
       configured  to  start fingerd.  If fingerd is not running,
       the command returns a "Connection refused" error  message.
       (For  more  information on setting up this server for your
       host, see the fingerd(8) daemon reference page.)

       If you want to make information available to  other  users
       who run finger on your user ID, you can create the following
 files in your home directory:  A  file  that  contains
       plans.   The file can contain more than one line.  Set the
       protection on this file to 644.  A file that  states  what
       project  you  are currently working on.  The file can contain
 only one line. Set the protection  on  this  file  to


       Set  the protection on your home directory to 755 in order
       for the world to access it. Keep in mind  that  all  other
       files in your home directory will also be accessible.

       The f command is a supported alias for the finger command.

EXAMPLES    [Toc]    [Back]

       To get information about user frankel at host1,  enter:  $
       finger  frankel@host1 Login name:  frankel         In real
       life:     Sam    Frankel    Office:      3D08      ext5555
       Home     phone:      555-9982    Directory:     /u/frankel
       Shell:  /usr/bin/sh Last login Thu Jun 28 10:37  on  tty56
       from venus.abc.org No plan.  To get information about user
       chen at host1, when chen has both a and a file in his home
       directory,  enter:  $  finger chen@host1 Login name:  chen
       In  real  life:   A.  B.  Chen  Office:    3D10    ext5322
       Home      phone:      210-9876     Directory:      /u/chen
       Shell: /usr/bin/sh On since May 16 11:06 on  tty3        1
       minute  2  seconds  Idle Time Project:  aquatic entomology
       Plan: Complete Phase 1 research by end of second  quarter.
       Produce  draft  report by end of year.  To get information
       about all users logged in to the host host1, enter: $ finger

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

       Contains  user  and accounting information.  Contains user
       information.   Contains  last  login  times.   Contains  a
       user's  plan.   (Optional file) Contains one-line description
 of a user's project assignment. (Optional file)

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       Commands:  fingerd(8),  hostname(1),  inetd(8),   rwho(1),

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