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get current tty name

Terminal - get current tty name
who am i


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Terminal - Alternatives
who am i
2009-02-20 16:26:11
User: ozymandias
Functions: who

In my work environment, we log onto the servers as our user ('user', in the sample ouput), and 'sudo su - root' to other accounts. This trick allows us to return the account name we logged in as -- and not the account name we currently are ('root', in this example).

Using this trick, you can build other commands:

Set your CVSROOT env variable to your account name:

CVSROOT=$(who am i | awk '{print $1}')@cvs.server.example.com:/cvsroot

SCP a file to another server:

scp file.txt $(who am i | awk '{print $1}')@some.other.server.com:.

This works out great in my environment, as we can include this in our documentation and make the comands more easy to copy/paste for different users, and not have to set all sorts of variables, or modify the docs for each user.

whoami gives you the name of the user you currently are, not the user you logged on originally as.

who gives you a listing of every single person logged onto the server.

who am i gives you the name of the user you logged on as, and not who you changed to with su.

Look at the following scenario:



su -

# whoami


# who am i

user pts/51 2009-02-13 10:24 (:0.0)

whoami != who am i

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What others think

try "who mom loves" ;-)

Comment by danimath 205 weeks and 2 days ago

Why don't people search, to see if the command already exists?



Comment by atoponce 205 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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