Still looking for "w" "finger" "who" commnds don't give info.

Ean Kingston ean at
Mon Jun 20 17:04:03 GMT 2005

On June 20, 2005 12:54 pm, you wrote:
> I am not sure what you are telling me, please explain. Thanks!

First, I do not have the same problem that you have. So it is  probably not a 
bug in the OS but an installation error on your system. That is w, finger, 
and who are working as expected (for me).

Second. If you want to include the status of people that logged in via xdm(1) 
(or equivalent), you need to use the sessreg(1) utility in order to update 
the utmp and wtmp files (those files are used by w, finger, and who to 
determine the  login status of users).

Also, please reply to the mailing list.
>  -----Original Message-----
> From: 	owner-freebsd-questions at
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]  On Behalf Of Ean Kingston
> Sent:	Monday, June 20, 2005 9:52 AM
> To:	freebsd-questions at
> Subject:	Re: Still looking for "w" "finger" "who" commnds don't give info.
> On June 20, 2005 12:36 pm, Dixit, Viraj wrote:
> > These commands use to give me information on who is logged on in BSD 5.3
> > now for some reason no information is given from these commands when
> > super users are logged on. Any info.? Thanks!!
> They work on my 5.4-p2 system. Did you remember to add back sessreg if you
> wanted X logins to be recorded as well?

Ean Kingston

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