FINGER(1) General Commands Manual FINGER(1)
finger - display information about users
finger [ options ] name...
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
any plan contained in the file .plan in the user's home direc-
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).
-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
-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
-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-
-p Suppress printing of the .plan file in a long format printout.
/etc/utmp who is logged in
/etc/passwd for users' names
/var/adm/lastlog last login times
/etc/ttytab terminal locations
passwd(1), w(1), who(1), whois(1)
Harrenstien, K., NAME/FINGER Protocol, 1977 December 30, RFC 742.
Only the first line of the .project file is printed.
10 January 1988 FINGER(1)