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

NAME
     finger -- user information	lookup program

SYNOPSIS
     finger [-lmsp] [user ...] [user@host ...]

DESCRIPTION
     The finger	displays information about the system users.

     Options are:

     -s	   Finger displays the user's login name, real name, terminal name and
	   write status	(as a ``*'' after the terminal name if write permis-
	   sion	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 asterisks.

     -l	   Produces a multi-line format	displaying all of the information de-
	   scribed for the -s option as	well as	the user's home	directory,
	   home	phone number, login shell, mail	status,	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 en-
	   try 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 re-
	   ceived ...'', ``  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; how-
	   ever, 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 provided, 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 linefeed (^J). This is for processing	remote finger requests
     when invoked by fingerd(8).

FILES
     ~/.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.

     ~/.plan

     ~/.project

     ~/.pgp	      These files are printed as part of a long-format re-
		      quest. The .project file is limited to one line; the
		      .plan file may be	arbitrarily long.

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

HISTORY
     The finger	command	appeared in 3.0BSD.

Linux NetKit (0.17)		August 15, 1999		   Linux NetKit	(0.17)

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