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       chfn [-f  name] [-o office] [-p phone] [-h home_phone] [-m
            other] [-r service] [-q] [-u] [-v] [user]


       chfn is used to change the user finger  information.  This
       are  the  users fullname, office room number, office phone
       number and home phone number. This information  is  stored
       in the /etc/passwd file and typically printed by finger(1)
       and similiar programs. A normal user may only  change  the
       fields  for  their  own account, the super user may change
       the fields for any account. Also, only the super user  may
       use  the -o option to change the undefined portions of the
       GCOS field.

       If no information is given on the command line, chfn oper­
       ates  in  an  interactive  fashion, prompting the user for
       each field.  Enter the new value to change the  field,  or
       leave  the line blank to use the current value. Enter none
       or a blank only to remove the current value.  The  current
       value is displayed between a pair of [ ] marks.

       The only restrictions placed on the contents of the fields
       is that no control characters may be present, nor  any  of
       comma, colon, or equal sign. The other field does not have
       this restriction, and is used to store accounting informa­
       tion used by other applications.

       This version of chfn is able to change the shell of local,
       NIS, NIS+ and LDAP accounts, if the permissions allow  it.


       -f, --full-name
              Specify your real name.

       -o, --office
              Specify your office room number.

       -p, --phone
              Specify your office phone number.

       -h, --home-phone
              Specify your home phone number.

       -m, --other
              Specify  the undefined portions of the GECOS field.

       -r, --service
              Specify the service where the GECOS field should be
              changed.   Supported  services are files, ldap, nis
              and nisplus.

       the  chfn  options  are compatible to the version from the
       shadow suite.


       /etc/passwd - user account information


       chsh(1), finger(1), passwd(5)


       Thorsten Kukuk <kukuk@suse.de>

pwdutils                    July 2003                     chfn(1)
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