[Samba] finger command with winbind / Linux
jas at eecs.yorku.ca
Fri Apr 16 18:57:00 UTC 2021
On 4/16/2021 2:27 PM, Rowland penny via samba wrote:
> On 16/04/2021 17:54, Jason Keltz via samba wrote:
>> 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?
> 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' ?
I rarely use the finger command, but many users do use it, and I just
received a question about that today, so I was investigating.
To my knowledge, getent doesn't allow a user to do a lookup based on a
first or last name... Does it?
I wonder why finger behaves this way with AD.
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