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in.fingerd(8)		 UNIX System Manager's Manual		 in.fingerd(8)

NAME
       in.fingerd - remote user	information server

SYNOPSIS
       in.fingerd [-g]

DESCRIPTION
       in.fingerd  is  a daemon	based on RFC 1288 and the Personal Information
       Protocol	(PIP) that provides an interface to the	finger and the pfinger
       programs.  The program is supposed to return a friendly,	human-oriented
       status report on	either the system at the moment	or a particular	person
       in depth.

INVOCATION
       The in.fingerd deamon is	not a standalone server. It must be started by
       a ``super-server'' like inetd(8)	and does not need to be	run  as	 root.
       Options	to  fingerd  should  be	specified in /etc/inetd.conf.  You may
       start it	on the command line to test your configuration.

       The PFinger in.fingerd does not print information about users that have
       a  user	id lower than 100 or about users that have a file .nofinger in
       their home directory. It	also does not  allow  indirect	fingers	 (e.g.
       user@hostA@hostB).  Further  the	 user information does not contain the
       users shell, home directory and last login time.

OPTIONS
       in.fingerd accepts the following	options:

       -g    GNU Finger	compatibility mode. If you use	the  GNU  fingerd  and
	     in.cfingerd to gather information about a whole site, you can use
	     this option to emulate the	behaviour of the GNU  in.fingerd  pro-
	     gram.  This mainly	means that the login information is taken from
	     the GNU Finger hostdata file.

       -c file
	     Use file as configuration file. Default is	/etc/fingerconf

       -v    Verbose output. Use this if something does	somehow	not  work  and
	     you want to know more.

       -V    Prints the	version	number and exits.

       -d    Debug modus. Note:	debugging must be compiled in.

       -h    Prints a short option summary and exits.

       -w -u -l	-L -p
	     Ignored but accepted for compatibility reasons.

FILES
       /etc/fingerconf		   Host	finger configuration.
SEE ALSO
       pfinger(1), finger(1), fingerconf(5),  inetd(8)
RESTRICTIONS
       Connecting  directly  to	the server, using a telnet program, that tries
       to negotiate any	options, will not work.	Workaround: delete it and  use
       a real telnet program.
BUGS
       Report bugs to pfinger@xelia.ch

PFinger			 $Date:	1999/07/07 07:34:14 $		 in.fingerd(8)

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