finger - user information lookup program
finger [options] user_name ...
By default, finger lists for each user_name on the system:
+ Login name,
+ Full given name,
+ Terminal write status (if write permission is denied),
+ Idle time,
+ Login time,
+ User's home directory and login shell,
+ Any plan the user has placed in file .plan in their home
+ Project on which they are working from the file .project, also
in the home directory,
+ office location and phone number (if known),
+ last time the user received the mail, and last time the user
read the mail.
Idle time is in minutes if listed as a single integer, hours and
minutes if a : is present, or days and hours if a d is present.
Account names as well as first and last names of users are accepted.
finger can also be used to list users on a remote machine. The format
for user_name is user_name@host. If user_name is not specified, the
remote system (HP-UX or non-HP-UX) uses its default standard format
for listing user information.
finger recognizes the following options:
-b Suppress printing the user's home directory and shell.
-f Suppress printing the header that is normally printed
in a short-format printout.
-h Suppress printing the .project file in a long-format
-i Force ``idle'' output format. 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.
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-p Suppress printing of the .plan files
-q Force quick output format. Similar to short format
except that only the login name, terminal, and login
time are printed.
-R Print the user's host name.
-s Force short output format.
-w Suppress printing the full name in a short-format
Only the first line of the .project file is printed.
finger was developed by the University of California, Berkeley.
/etc/utmp who file
/var/adm/wtmp last login file
/etc/passwd for users names, offices, ...
/var/mail mail directory
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