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User Commands                                           finger(1)


finger - display information about local and remote users


finger [ -bfhilmpqsw ] [ username ... ] finger [ -l ] [ username@hostname 1 [ @hostname 2 .. .@hostname n ... ] ] finger [ -l ] [ @hostname 1 [ @hostname 2 .. .@host- name n ... ] ]


By default, the finger command displays in multi-column for- mat the following information about each logged-in user: o user name o user's full name o terminal name (prepended with a `*' (asterisk) if write-permission is denied) o idle time o login time o host name, if logged in remotely Idle time is in minutes if it is a single integer, in hours and minutes if a `:' (colon) is present, or in days and hours if a `d' is present. When one or more username arguments are given, more detailed information is given for each username specified, whether they are logged in or not. username must be that of a local user, and may be a first or last name, or an account name. Information is presented in multi-line format as follows: o the user name and the user's full name o the user's home directory and login shell o time the user logged in if currently logged in, or the time the user last logged in; and the terminal or host from which the user logged in o last time the user received mail, and the last time the user read mail o the first line of the $HOME/.project file, if it exists SunOS 5.8 Last change: 1 Nov 1999 1 User Commands finger(1) o the contents of the $HOME/.plan file, if it exists Note: when the comment (GECOS) field in /etc/passwd includes a comma, finger does not display the information following the comma. If the arguments username@hostname1[@hostname2...@hostnamen] or @hostname1[@hostname2...@hostnamen] are used, the request is sent first to hostnamen and forwarded through each hostnamen-1 to hostname1. The program uses the finger user information protocol (see RFC 1288) to query that remote host for infor- mation about the named user (if username is specified), or about each logged-in user. The information displayed is server dependent. As required by RFC 1288, finger passes only printable, 7-bit ASCII data. This behavior may be modified by a system administrator by using the PASS option in /etc/default/finger. Specifying PASS=low allows all charac- ters less than decimal 32 ASCII. Specifying PASS=high allows all characters greater than decimal 126 ASCII. PASS=low,high or PASS=high,low allows both characters less than 32 and greater than 126 to pass through.


The following options are supported, except that the username@hostname form supports only the -l option: -b Suppress printing the user's home directory and shell in a long format printout. -f Suppress printing the header that is normally printed in a non-long format printout. -h Suppress printing of the .project file in a long for- mat printout. -i Force "idle" output format, which is similar to short format except that only the login name, terminal, login time, and idle time are printed. -l Force long output format. -m Match arguments only on user name (not first or last name). -p Suppress printing of the .plan file in a long format printout. -q Force quick output format, which is similar to short SunOS 5.8 Last change: 1 Nov 1999 2 User Commands finger(1) format except that only the login name, terminal, and login time are printed. -s Force short output format. -w Suppress printing the full name in a short format printout.


The finger command is IPv6-enabled. See ip6(7P).


$HOME/.plan user's plan $HOME/.project user's projects /etc/default/finger finger options file /etc/passwd password file /var/adm/lastlog time of last login /var/adm/utmp accounting


See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attri- butes: ____________________________________________________________ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | | Availability | SUNWcsu | |_____________________________|_____________________________|


passwd(1), who(1), whois(1), passwd(4), attributes(5), ip6(7P) Zimmerman, D., RFC 1288, The Finger User Information Proto- col, Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Com- puter Science (DIMACS), Rutgers University, December 1991.


The finger user information protocol limits the options that may be used with the remote form of this command. SunOS 5.8 Last change: 1 Nov 1999 3