I tried finger and find a Plan

$ finger $USER
Login: me                   Name: me
Directory: /Users/me                Shell: /usr/local/bin/bash
On since Tue Nov 13 07:33 (CST) on console, idle 1 day 9:44 (messages off)
On since Tue Nov 13 07:33 (CST) on ttys001
No Mail.
No Plan.

at the ending, there are No Mail and No Plan

I know that Mail in /var/mail and there's a command $ which mail /usr/bin/mail

How about Plan, where could I find it.

2 Answers 2


There is no Plan command.

You need to create a text file ~/.plan. This will then be shown when someone does a finger yourusername. This file can be arbitrarily long.

See man finger for more information.

  • It's .pubkey on macOS rather than .pgpkey. Where is this manual except from?
    – Kusalananda
    Nov 14, 2018 at 9:43
  • From CentOS 7. I'll delete that part, I didn't notice the tag osx.
    – dr_
    Nov 14, 2018 at 9:44

The "plan" is the .plan text file in the user's home directory. Its contents would be displayed in the finger output if available. If available, finger would also display the contents of the file ~/.project under a "Project:" header.

See the finger manual on your system (man finger). On macOS, this command may also use the files ~/.forward and ~/.pubkey.

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