Get user's full name in Mac OS X

finger $(whoami) | egrep -o 'Name: [a-zA-Z0-9 ]{1,}' | cut -d ':' -f 2 | xargs echo
Its possible to user a simple regex to extract de username from the finger command. The final echo its optional, just for remove the initial space
Sample Output
$ finger $(whoami) | egrep -o 'Name: [a-zA-Z0-9 ]{1,}' | cut -d ':' -f 2 | xargs echo                                                           2.1.2
Sebastian Webber

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It'd be nice if the description explained why this is useful. It's been awhile since I used NextStep, but can't you just use nidump, or some other NetInfo utility, to get the passwd database even when /etc/passwd isn't used?
hackerb9 · 208 weeks ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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