In Unix, what is chfn?
In Unix, the
chfn (change finger)
command updates the
finger information field in your
/etc/passwd entry. The contents of this field can vary
among systems, but this field usually includes your name, your office
and home addresses, and the phone numbers for both. When people use
finger command to look up information about you, they
will see the contents of the
finger information fields
On most systems, to use the
chfn command, at the Unix
shell prompt, enter
chfn . The program will then
finger information fields, usually starting with your
name, including the current value within
brackets), for example:
To change the value, after the
enter a new value. To clear the field, enter
To accept an existing value, leave the field blank. When you have
finished modifying an entry, press
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Last modified on May 13, 2009.