[Samba] finger command with winbind / Linux

Rowland penny rpenny at samba.org
Fri Apr 16 18:27:55 UTC 2021

On 16/04/2021 17:54, Jason Keltz via samba wrote:
> Hi.
> A question about using the "finger" command under Linux when using 
> winbind nss backend..
> When users were in /etc/passwd, and I would do:
> finger <first name of user> or
> finger <last name of user>
> I would get back all entries from /etc/passwd with that first name or 
> last name matching my spec.
> With winbind in place, finger works, but only if I specify a full 
> username.  It doesn't find users based on their name field.
> The truth is, I only set "displayname" to the full name, and that may 
> be the issue because if I do finger "jas", the "Name:" field from 
> finger is blank.
> However, if I edit my user record under AD and set "gecos: Jason 
> Keltz", then finger "jas" now shows my full name under "Name:" field, 
> but I still can't search by "Jason" or "Keltz".
> Any thoughts?
> Jason.

Yes, that's the way 'finger' works against AD, but you can get virtually 
the same info with getent, the only things missing are the uptime and 
last login.

The question has to be, why are you using 'finger' ?


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