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chfn(1) 						      General Commands Manual							   chfn(1)

       chfn - change system finger entry

       chfn [ loginname ]

       The  command  is used to change information about users.  This information is used by the program, among others.  It consists of the user's
       real name, office room number, office phone number, and home phone number. The command prompts the user for each field.	 Included  in  the
       prompt  is  a  default  value,  which is enclosed between brackets.  The default value is accepted simply by typing <CR>.  To enter a blank
       field, type the word `none'.  This is an example:
       % chfn
       Changing finger information for doe
       Name [John Doe]:
       Office number [ABC-1/K0]: DEF-2/K1
       Office Phone []: 1863
       Home Phone [5771546]: none

       The command allows phone numbers to be entered with or without hyphens.	No entries may contain colons, commas, or control characters.

       It is a good idea to run after running to make sure everything is the way you want it.

       The optional argument loginname is used to change another person's finger information.  This can only be done by the superuser.

       The encoding of the office and extension information is installation dependent.

       Because two users may try to write the file at once, a synchronization method was developed.  On rare occasions, a message that	the  pass-
       word file is "busy" will be printed.  In this case, sleeps for a while and then tries to write to the file again.

       If the passwd entry is distributed from another host will not modify it.

       See Also
	      chsh(1), finger(1), passwd(1), passwd(5yp)


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chfn(1) 						      General Commands Manual							   chfn(1)

chfn - change finger information SYNOPSIS
chfn [-D binddn] [-P path] [-f name] [-o office] [-p phone] [-h home_phone] [-m other] [-r service] [-q] [-u] [-v] [user] DESCRIPTION
chfn is used to change the user finger information. This are the users fullname, office room number, office phone number and home phone number. This information is stored in the /etc/passwd file and typically printed by finger(1) and similiar programs. A normal user may only change the fields for their own account, the super user may change the fields for any account. Also, only the super user may use the -o option to change the undefined portions of the GECOS field. If no information is given on the command line, chfn operates in an interactive fashion, prompting the user for each field. Enter the new value to change the field, or leave the line blank to use the current value. Enter none or a blank only to remove the current value. The current value is displayed between a pair of [ ] marks. The only restrictions placed on the contents of the fields is that no control characters may be present, nor any of comma, colon, or equal sign. The other field does not have this restriction, and is used to store accounting information used by other applications. This version of chfn is able to change the shell of local, NIS, NIS+ and LDAP accounts, if the permissions allow it. OPTIONS
-D, --binddn binddn Use the Distinguished Name binddn to bind to the LDAP directory. The user will be prompted for a password for simple authentica- tion. -P, --path path The passwd and shadow files are located below the specified directory path. chfn will use this files, not /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow. This is useful for example on NIS master servers, where you do not want to give all users in the NIS database auto- matic access to your NIS server and the NIS map is build from special files. -f, --full-name Specify your real name. -o, --office Specify your office room number. -p, --phone Specify your office phone number. -h, --home-phone Specify your home phone number. -m, --other Specify the undefined portions of the GECOS field. -r, --service Specify the service where the GECOS field should be changed. Supported services are files, ldap, nis and nisplus. -q, --quite Don't be verbose. -u, --usage Print a usage message and exit. --help Print a more verbose help text and exit. -v, --version Print version information and exit. ENVIRONMENT
SHADOW_CHFN - If this environment variable is set to 1, the chfn options are compatible to the version from the shadow suite. FILES
/etc/passwd - user account information SEE ALSO
chsh(1), finger(1), passwd(5) AUTHOR
Thorsten Kukuk <> pwdutils February 2004 chfn(1)
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