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FINGER(1)			   BSD General Commands Manual				FINGER(1)

NAME
     finger -- user information lookup program

SYNOPSIS
     finger [-8ghlmops] [user ...] [user@host ...]

DESCRIPTION
     The finger displays information about the system users.

     Options are:

     -8    Pass through 8-bit data.  This option is intended for enabling 8-bit data output in
	   the fingerd(8) service.  Using this from the command line is dangerous, as the output
	   data may include control characters for your terminal.

     -g    This option restricts the gecos output to only the users' real names.

     -h    When used in conjunction with the -s option, the name of the remote host is displayed
	   instead of the office location and office phone.

     -l    Produces a multi-line format displaying all of the information described for the -s
	   option as well as the user's home directory, home phone number, login shell, mail sta-
	   tus, and the contents of the files ``.forward'', ``.plan'' and ``.project'' from the
	   user's home directory.

	   If idle time is at least a minute and less than a day, it is presented in the form
	   ``hh:mm''.  Idle times greater than a day are presented as ``d day[s]hh:mm''.

	   Phone numbers specified as eleven digits are printed as ``+N-NNN-NNN-NNNN''.  Numbers
	   specified as ten or seven digits are printed as the appropriate subset of that string.
	   Numbers specified as five digits are printed as ``xN-NNNN''.  Numbers specified as
	   four digits are printed as ``xNNNN''.

	   If write permission is denied to the device, the phrase ``(messages off)'' is appended
	   to the line containing the device name.  One entry per user is displayed with the -l
	   option; if a user is logged on multiple times, terminal information is repeated once
	   per login.

	   Mail status is shown as ``No Mail.'' if there is no mail at all, ``Mail last read DDD
	   MMM ## HH:MM YYYY (TZ)'' if the person has looked at their mailbox since new mail
	   arriving, or ``New mail received ...'', ``Unread since ...'' if they have new mail.

     -m    Prevent matching of user names.  User is usually a login name; however, matching will
	   also be done on the users' real names, unless the -m option is supplied.  All name
	   matching performed by finger is case insensitive.

     -o    When used in conjunction with the -s option, the office location and office phone
	   information is displayed instead of the name of the remote host.

     -p    Prevents the -l option of finger from displaying the contents of the ``.forward'',
	   ``.plan'' and ``.project'' files.

     -s    finger displays the user's login name, real name, terminal name and write status (as a
	   ``*'' after the terminal name if write permission is denied), idle time, login time,
	   and either office location and office phone number, or the remote host.  If -h is
	   given, the remote is printed.  If -o is given, the office location and phone number is
	   printed instead (the default).

	   Idle time is in minutes if it is a single integer, hours and minutes if a ``:'' is
	   present, or days if a ``d'' is present.  Login time is displayed as the dayname if
	   less than six days, else month, day, hours and minutes, unless more than six months
	   ago, in which case the year is displayed rather than the hours and minutes.

	   Unknown devices as well as nonexistent idle and login times are displayed as single
	   asterisks.

     If no options are specified, finger defaults to the -l style output if operands are pro-
     vided, otherwise to the -s style.	Note that some fields may be missing, in either format,
     if information is not available for them.

     If no arguments are specified, finger will print an entry for each user currently logged
     into the system.

     finger may be used to look up users on a remote machine.  The format is to specify a user as
     ``user@host'', or ``@host'', where the default output format for the former is the -l style,
     and the default output format for the latter is the -s style.  The -l option is the only
     option that may be passed to a remote machine.

FILES
     /var/log/lastlog  last login data base

SEE ALSO
     chpass(1), w(1), who(1)

HISTORY
     The finger command appeared in 3.0BSD.

BSD					September 12, 2002				      BSD
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