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finger(1)							     finger(1)

       finger, f - Displays user information

       finger [-bfhilmpqsw] [user...]

       The  finger  command displays information about the users in the passwd

       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.	  Sup‐
       presses	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 list‐

       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 queries.

       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 direc‐
       tory: 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 644.


       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.

       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  informa‐
       tion  about  all	 users	logged	in  to the host host1, enter: $ finger

       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

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


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