The UNIX finger service can be used to provide a form of user directory
service. After you have installed the finger service, remote users will
have the ability to query user profiles on your Virtual Server. User
profiles include information such as full name, login name, home directory,
as well as the contents of the .plan, .project, or .forward files.
The .plan,.project, and .forward files must be
located in each of your users home directories (if they exist).
To install the finger service, simply connect to your Virtual Server
via Telnet or SSH
and type the following command.
% vinstall finger
Using a Finger Client
In order for remote users to query the finger service on your Virtual
Server, they will need to use a finger client. A finger client is
included with the standard distribution of most UNIX operating systems.
Finger clients for the Macintosh and Microsoft Windows operating systems
are available by searching the major shareware archives.
You can also write a simple CGI script to interface with a finger client.
This would allow any remote user that has access to a web browser to
perform finger queries. We have written such a
Finger CGI script.
A form to access this CGI is included below.
To use the script,
type in a username in the first text field, and a remote host in the
second. For example, to finger the user "firstname.lastname@example.org", type
happy in the first text field, and
www.domain.com in the second
text field, then select the "Lookup" button.