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 CGI on your Virtual Server you will need to
do the following:
Download the Finger Form
You will need to download the Finger Remote User on Remote Host
form HTML source and store it somewhere in your
~/www/htdocs directory structure. Feel free to customize
the form, add graphics, etc. But be sure that the variable name
for each input field is not altered.
Install the CGI
Connect to your Virtual Server via
Telnet or SSH and run this command:
% tar xvf /usr/local/contrib/finger.tar
This will install the lookup.pl and util.pl files into
your www/cgi-bin/library/finger directory.
Customize the Appearance of the CGI
Two subroutines in the util.pl
file are used to print out header and footer information. These
print_footer_info. Feel free to modify these functions
such that the CGI outputs pages that are in synch with the motifs
of the rest of your site.
Once you have completed the installation successfully, you will have a
working finger form like the one shown below (go ahead and test it).