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chfn - change real user name and information


chfn [options] [LOGIN]


The chfn command changes user fullname, office room number, office phone number, and home
phone number information for a user's account. This information is typically printed by
finger(1) and similar programs. A normal user may only change the fields for her own
account, subject to the restrictions in /etc/login.defs. (The default configuration is to
prevent users from changing their fullname.) The superuser may change any field for any
account. Additionally, only the superuser may use the -o option to change the undefined
portions of the GECOS field.

These fields must not contain any colons. Except for the other field, they should not
contain any comma or equal sign. It is also recommended to avoid non-US-ASCII characters,
but this is only enforced for the phone numbers. The other field is used to store
accounting information used by other applications.


The options which apply to the chfn command are:

-f, --full-name FULL_NAME
Change the user's full name.

-h, --home-phone HOME_PHONE
Change the user's home phone number.

-o, --other OTHER
Change the user's other GECOS information. This field is used to store accounting
information used by other applications, and can be changed only by a superuser.

-r, --room ROOM_NUMBER
Change the user's room number.

-R, --root CHROOT_DIR
Apply changes in the CHROOT_DIR directory and use the configuration files from the
CHROOT_DIR directory.

-u, --help
Display help message and exit.

-w, --work-phone WORK_PHONE
Change the user's office phone number.

If none of the options are selected, chfn operates in an interactive fashion, prompting
the user with the current values for all of the fields. Enter the new value to change the
field, or leave the line blank to use the current value. The current value is displayed
between a pair of [ ] marks. Without options, chfn prompts for the current user account.


The following configuration variables in /etc/login.defs change the behavior of this tool:

This parameter specifies which values in the gecos field of the /etc/passwd file may
be changed by regular users using the chfn program. It can be any combination of
letters f, r, w, h, for Full name, Room number, Work phone, and Home phone,
respectively. For backward compatibility, yes is equivalent to rwh and no is
equivalent to frwh. If not specified, only the superuser can make any changes. The
most restrictive setting is better achieved by not installing chfn SUID.

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