It is typically used to record general information about the account or its user(s) such as their real name and phone number.
- User's full name (or application name, if the account is for a program)
- Building and room number or contact person
- Office telephone number
- Home telephone number
- Any other contact information (pager number, fax, external e-mail address, etc.)
In most UNIX systems normal users can change their own information using the chfn or chsh command.
On Internet Relay Chat (IRC), the real name field is commonly referred to as the gecos field.