pinky — lightweight finger


pinky [OPTION...] [USER...]



produce long format output for the specified USERs


omit the user's home directory and shell in long format


omit the user's project file in long format


omit the user's plan file in long format


do short format output, this is the default


omit the line of column headings in short format


omit the user's full name in short format


omit the user's full name and remote host in short format


omit the user's full name, remote host and idle time in short format


display this help and exit


output version information and exit

A lightweight 'finger' program; print user information. The utmp file will be /var/run/utmp.


Written by Joseph Arceneaux, David MacKenzie, and Kaveh Ghazi.


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The full documentation for pinky is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and pinky programs are properly installed at your site, the command

  • info coreutils 'pinky invocation'

should give you access to the complete manual.


Copyright © 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.

This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.