I know that the finger command used to display information about local and remote users.

finger --> display users log in on local machine, even if remotely.

finger @hostname --> display users log in on the remote machine.

finger user@hostname --> I don't know what is it used for?

and who command used to know info about the local machine users only, is it true?

  • Is this question about finger or about who? – depquid Apr 16 '13 at 19:10


"Displays information about the users currently logged in to the local machine" - who man page. You can also specify a file for who to read from, like old logins file.


Displays information about the user (being local or remote if a host is supplied) or all users if no username is supplied. finger provides much more information about user login, when he logged-in, idle time, etc. .. It is much more informative than who.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.