Manual page for FINGERD(8C)
fingerd, in.fingerd - remote user information server
implements the server side of the Name/Finger protocol,
The Name/Finger protocol provides a remote interface to programs
which display information on system status and individual users.
The protocol imposes little structure on the format of the
exchange between client and server.
The client provides a single ``command line'' to the finger
server which returns a printable reply.
waits for connections on
Once connected it reads a single command line
terminated by a LINEFEED which is passed to
closes its connections as soon as the output is finished.
If the line is null (only a
is sent) then
returns a ``default'' report that lists all people logged into
the system at that moment.
If a user name is specified (for instance,
ericLINEFEED) then the
response lists more extended information for only that particular user,
whether logged in or not.
Allowable ``names'' in the command line include both ``login names''
and ``user names''.
If a name is ambiguous, all possible derivations are returned.
Network Information Center,
International, Menlo Park, Calif.,
Connecting directly to the server from a
or an equally narrow-minded
user program can result
in meaningless attempts at option negotiation being sent to the
server, which will foul up the command line interpretation.
should be taught to filter out
and perhaps even respond
to all option commands received.
Created by unroff & hp-tools.
© by Hans-Peter Bischof. All Rights Reserved (1997).
Last modified 21/April/97