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FINGER(1)                   General Commands Manual                  FINGER(1)



NAME
       finger - display information about users

SYNOPSIS
       finger [ options ] name...

DESCRIPTION
       By  default,  finger  displays  information  about each logged-in user,
       including his or her: login name, full name, terminal  name  (prepended
       with  a  `*' if write-permission is denied), idle time, login time, and
       location (comment field in /etc/ttytab for  users  logged  in  locally,
       hostname for users logged in remotely) if known.

       Idle  time is minutes if it is a single integer, hours and minutes if a
       ':' is present, or days and hours if a d is present.

       When one or more name arguments are given, more detailed information is
       given  for  each  name specified, whether they are logged in or not.  A
       name may be a first or last name, or an account name.   Information  is
       presented  in  a  multi-line  format,  and includes, in addition to the
       information mentioned above:
              the user's home directory and login shell
              the time they logged in if they are currently logged in, or  the
              time  they last logged in if they are not, as well as the termi-
              nal or host from which they logged in and, if  a  terminal,  the
              comment field in /etc/ttytab for that terminal
              the  last  time  they received mail, and the last time they read
              their mail
              any plan contained in the file .plan in the user's  home  direc-
              tory
              and  any project on which they are working described in the file
              .project (also in that directory)

       If a name argument contains an  at-sign,  `@',  then  a  connection  is
       attempted to the machine named after the at-sign, and the remote finger
       daemon is queried.  The data returned by that daemon is printed.  If  a
       long  format printout is to be produced, finger passes the -l option to
       the remote finger daemon over the network using the /W feature  of  the
       protocol (see NAME/FINGER Protocol).

OPTIONS
       -m     Match arguments only on user name (not first or last name).

       -l     Force long output format.

       -s     Force short output format.

       -q     Force  quick  output  format,  which  is similar to short format
              except that only the login name, terminal, and  login  time  are
              printed.

       -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.

       -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.

       -w     Suppress printing the full name in a short format printout.

       -h     Suppress  printing  of the .project file in a long format print-
              out.

       -p     Suppress printing of the .plan file in a long format printout.

FILES
       /etc/utmp           who is logged in
       /etc/passwd         for users' names
       /var/adm/lastlog    last login times
       /etc/ttytab         terminal locations
       ~/.plan             plans
       ~/.project          projects

SEE ALSO
       passwd(1), w(1), who(1), whois(1)

       Harrenstien, K., NAME/FINGER Protocol, 1977 December 30, RFC 742.

BUGS
       Only the first line of the .project file is printed.



                                10 January 1988                      FINGER(1)