Configuring A Fingerprint Reader with Fedora 16

Install Necessary Software

First, I had to install the fprintd package. After installing the package, I also checked in the system-config-authentication GUI that the fingerprint reader was enabled.

[root@linux ~]# yum install fprintd

Enroll Fingerprints

The next step was to enroll my fingerprints, which was done with a single command.

[root@linux ~]# fprintd-enroll

Other Notes

Using Other Fingerprints

Other fingerprints can be enrolled using the -f flag with fprintd-enroll. From the man page:

-f finger

For fprintd-enroll, the finger to enroll. Possible values are:

left-thumb,left-index-finger,left-middle-finger,left-ring-finger,left-little-finger,right-thumb,right-index-finger,right-middle-finger,right-ring-finger,right-little-finger.

The default is automatic, selecting the first available finger for swipe devices, or all the enrolled fingers, for press devices.

Viewing Fingerprints

Fingerprints can be viewed with fprintd-verify.

Deleting Fingerprints

Fingerprints can be deleted with fprintd-delete.

Verifying Fingerprints

Fingerprints can be verified using fprint-verify.

Man Page

The man pages for the commands be found by looking up the man page for fprintd.

[root@linux ~]# man fprintd
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4 responses to “Configuring A Fingerprint Reader with Fedora 16

  1. in my F16/F17 there is no fp reader though, using HP 4720s, says device not found when you use fprint-* anything,
    lsusb produced this:
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0020 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 138a:0007 Validity Sensors, Inc. VFS451 Fingeprint Reader
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 05c8:0403 Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd (Foxlink) Webcam
    Bus 002 Device 017: ID 0bda:0138 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Card reader
    Bus 002 Device 027: ID 148f:1000 Ralink Technology, Corp.

    device is present, but where do i locate the driver from?

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