% finger jeffy Login name: jeffy In real life: Jeff Youngstrom Directory: /home/jeffy Shell: /bin/csh Last login Thu Oct 17 11:52 on ttypa from hugo No unread mail Project: a pathetic series of poorly planned, near-random acts. Plan: Work Phone: (206) 557-1828 Pager: (206) 955-1012 or email email@example.com Home Phone: (206) 391-3980 If you plan to call me at home with a support issue, read the "talk" man-page before you do so you'll know what to do when I dial in to address your problem.This tells you that my real name is Jeff Youngstrom, my home directory is /home/jeffy, that my default shell is /bin/csh, that I last logged in to the system on which I ran the finger command on October 17th, that I've read all my mail, that I like Dilbert cartoons, and how to contact me (along with a little sermon about talk(1))
The stuff on the "Project:" line is taken from a file in your home directory called .project
The stuff below the "Plan:" line is taken from a file in your home directory called .plan
You can change what the system thinks your real name is by running the chfn(1) program (short for "change finger")
avocet% finger Login Name TTY Idle When Where jshmoe Joe Schmoe co 28 Tue 16:22 fred Fred Bassett p0 3d Fri 09:12 binntal mary Mary Jones p1 22: Tue 16:19 towhee fred Fred Bassett pe 59 Wed 09:50 binntal mary Mary Jones q0 4:38 Mon 07:59 towhee homer Homer Simpson q2 43 Tue 09:31 caladanThis tells you the userid and name of the people logged in on the local host as well as what terminal they're using (none of them really tells you much except for "co" which is the console), the amount of time since they last did anything besides stare at the screen, when they started their login session, and where they logged in from.
If you want to find out about a system other than the one you're on, prepend an @ sign to its name, and give that as an argument to finger:
avocet% finger @plover [plover] Login Name TTY Idle When Where geil Lee Geil co 6 Fri 15:07 blight Buzz Lightyear p0 2:25 Fri 14:25 xterm32:0.0 blight Buzz Lightyear p1 1:14 Fri 14:44 xterm32:0.0 blight Buzz Lightyear p5 16 Fri 16:01 xterm32:0.0 blight Buzz Lightyear p6 2:03 Fri 16:10 xterm32:0.0 blight Buzz Lightyear p8 2:05 Tue 09:47 xterm32:0.0This mode is useful to check and see if someone is sitting at their desk (if you know what host is on their desk), or in the lab. So to find out if any of the systems in the software lab are idle, do:
avocet% finger @alpine @bugs1 @leo [alpine] Login Name TTY Idle When Where homer Homer Simpson co Tue 11:09 homer Homer Simpson p0 2:04 Tue 11:10 :0.0 homer Homer Simpson p1 Tue 11:10 :0.0 homer Homer Simpson p2 27 Tue 11:11 :0.0 [bugs1] Login Name TTY Idle When Where rjones Rick Jones co 5 Tue 11:27 [leo] Login Name TTY Idle When Where mmou Minnie Mouse co 11 Thu 13:51 mmou Minnie Mouse p0 11 Thu 13:53 :0.0 mmou Minnie Mouse p2 11 Mon 07:46 :0.0 mmou Minnie Mouse p7 20: Mon 16:20 :0.0The blanks in the idle column for alpine tell us that Mr. Simpson is active on alpine. Mr. Jones hasn't touched bugs1 for 5 minutes, and Ms. Mouse has been away from leo for 11 minutes. Maybe Minnie's done. Think I'll go over and see...
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