Using e-mail

Other ways of contacting users

To list the users currently logged in to your system, use the who command. The login, terminal name, and login date and time are displayed:

   $ who
   josephh    tty001       Mar 25 14:29
   susant     tty002       Mar 25 14:29
   peterp     tty003       Mar 25 14:29
   perry      tty005       Mar 25 14:31
To find out more about an individual user, use the finger command. For example:
   $ finger perry
   Login name: perry             In real life: Perry Patetic
   Directory: /u/perry           Shell: /bin/ksh
   On since Mar  9 09:23:40 on tty005     
   No Plan.
finger can be used on a user who is not logged in. If you do not specify a login, finger displays information about all the users currently logged in.

Note that in the example above, the bottom line states No Plan. This indicates that the user does not have a file called .plan in their home directory. If such a file exists, its contents are printed by finger. The .plan file is a useful place to put information that you want to have publicly available, such as your telephone number and current work project. Use any text editor to create a .plan file.

See also the who(C) and finger(C) manual pages.

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