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The Finger Command

Posted on: July 31, 2008

The Finger Command

By default, finger will list the login name, full name, terminal name, and write status

(shown as a “*” before the terminal name if write permission is denied), idle time, login

time, office location, and phone number (if known) for each current user connected to the

network.

Syntax

finger [-l] [User] [@host] []

Switches:

b Brief output format

f Supresses the printing of the header line.

i Provides a quick list of users with idle time.

l Forces long output format.

p Supresses printing of the .plan file (if present)

q Provides a quick list of users.

s Forces short output form.

w Forces narrow output form.

Examples

To display information for user1 on the computer users.microsoft.com, type the following command:

finger user1@users.microsoft.com

To display information for all users on the computer users.microsoft.com, type the following command:

finger @users.microsoft.com

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