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Old 03-22-2006, 01:44 PM   #1
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Using regular expressions with finger?


I wondered if it is possible to use regular expressions with finger command to look up users. I am not a stalker or anything, just came to new school and trying to find people from my country on campus using the local email server. I tried:

finger .*vic

but it doesn't do anything for me. Is it not supposed to work or am I doing something wrong? Thanks.
Old 03-23-2006, 07:17 AM   #2
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If you do just finger or "finger -l" you will get all user currently logged in. If all users have a directory in /home you can try

for anyone in `\ls -1 /home` ; do finger $anyone; done
and process the output with grep or any other tools.


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