chfn command is used to change the information displayed by the finger command. The finger command is used to display information about users on a Linux system. This includes the user’s login name, real name, home directory, and login shell. By default, the finger command displays this information for all users on the system. However, the
chfn command allows you to change the information that is displayed for a specific user.
To use the
chfn command, you must have root or sudo privileges. The syntax for the command is as follows:
chfn [options] [username]
username is the name of the user whose information you want to change. If you do not specify a username, the command will assume that you want to change your own information.
chfn command will prompt you to enter the new information for the user. You can change the user’s full name, office location, office phone number, and home phone number. Once you have entered the new information, the finger command will display the updated information.
Here is an example of how to use the
sudo chfn johndoe
This command will prompt you to enter the new information for the user
The following options are available for the
|-f||Specify the user’s full name.|
|-h||Specify the user’s home phone number.|
|-o||Specify the user’s office location.|
|-p||Specify the user’s office phone number.|
If you are having trouble using the
chfn command, here are some troubleshooting tips:
- Make sure you have root or sudo privileges.
- Double-check the syntax of the command to make sure you are using it correctly.
- If you are still having trouble, consult the man pages for the
chfncommand by typing
man chfnin the terminal.
chfncommand only changes the information that is displayed by the finger command. It does not affect any other user information.
- The new information will only be displayed by the finger command. Other commands that display user information, such as
w, will not be affected.