FINGER(1) BSD General Commands Manual FINGER(1)
finger -- user information lookup program
finger [-lmsp] [user ...] [user@host ...]
The finger displays information about the system users.
-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,
office location and office phone number.
Login time is displayed as 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
-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 ``.plan'', ``.project'', ``.pgpkey'' and
``.forward'' from the user's home directory.
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
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.
-p Prevents the -l option of finger from displaying the contents of the ``.plan'',
``.project'' and ``.pgpkey'' files.
-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.
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.
If standard output is a socket, finger will emit a carriage return (^M) before every line-
feed (^J). This is for processing remote finger requests when invoked by fingerd(8).
~/.nofinger If finger finds this file in a user's home directory, it will, for finger
requests originating outside the local host, firmly deny the existence of
that user. For this to work, the finger program, as started by fingerd(8),
must be able to see the .nofinger file. This generally means that the home
directory containing the file must have the other-users-execute bit set
(o+x). See chmod(1). If you use this feature for privacy, please test it
with ``finger @localhost'' before relying on it, just in case.
~/.pgp These files are printed as part of a long-format request. The .project file
is limited to one line; the .plan file may be arbitrarily long.
chfn(1), passwd(1), w(1), who(1)
The finger command appeared in 3.0BSD.
Linux NetKit (0.17) August 15, 1999 Linux NetKit (0.17)