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   Linux FAQ > 11. The X Window System
Question:  11.5. xterm Logins Show Up Strangely in who, finger.
Answer:

The xterm that comes with XFree86 2.1 and earlier doesn't correctly understand the format that Linux uses for the /var/adm/utmp file, where the system records who is logged in. It therefore doesn't set all the information correctly. The xterms in XFree86 3.1 and later versions fix this problem.


This FAQ is from Linux Frequently Asked Questions with Answers, maintained by Robert Kiesling

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