find information about users
] [ login1 [ login2
lists the login name, full name, terminal name and write status
(as a ``'' before the terminal name if write permission is denied),
idle time, login time, office location, and phone number
(if they are known) for each current user.
(Idle time is minutes if it is a single integer,
hours and minutes if a colon (:) is present, or days
and hours if a ``d'' is present.)
A longer format also exists and is used by
whenever a list of names is given.
(Account names as well as
first and last names of users are accepted.)
This is a multi-line format; it includes all the information
described above as well as the user's home
directory and login shell,
any plan which the person has placed in the file
in their home
directory, and the project on which they are working from the file
which is also in the home directory.
Briefer long output format of users.
Suppresses the printing of the header line (short format).
Quick list of users with idle times.
Forces long output format.
Suppresses printing of the
Quick list of users.
Forces short output format.
Forces narrow format list of specified users.
Entries in the /etc/passwd file have the following format:
login name:user password(coded):user ID:group ID:comments:home
The comment field corresponds to what appears in the finger output.
For example, in the following /etc/passwd entry:
blf:x:47:5:Brian Foster, Mission, x70, 767-1234
the comment field, ``Brian Foster, Mission, x70, 767-1234,''
contains data for the ``In Real Life,'' ``Office,''
and ``Home Phone'' columns of the finger listings.
Only the first line of the .project file is printed.
Idle time is computed as the elapsed time since any
activity on the given terminal. This includes
previous invocations of finger
which may have modified the terminal's corresponding
device file /dev/tty??.
user names, offices, phones, login directories, and shells
finger is not part of any currently supported standard; it
was developed at the University of California at Berkeley and is
used by permission.
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SCO OpenServer Release 6.0.0 -- 03 June 2005