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 fingerd(1M)							 fingerd(1M)




 NAME
      fingerd - remote user information server

 SYNOPSIS
      /usr/lbin/fingerd [-r]

 DESCRIPTION
      fingerd is the server for the RFC 742 Name/Finger protocol.  It
      provides a network interface to finger, which gives a status report of
      users currently logged in on the system or a detailed report about a
      specific user (see finger(1)).  The Internet daemon executes fingerd
      when it receives a service request at the port listed in the services
      data base for ``finger'' using ``tcp'' protocol; see inetd(1M) and
      services(4).

      To start fingerd from inetd, the configuration file /etc/inetd.conf
      must contain an entry as follows:

	   finger stream tcp nowait bin /usr/lbin/fingerd fingerd

      Once a remote host is connected, fingerd reads a single ``command
      line'' terminated by a carriage-return and line-feed.  It uses this
      command line as the arguments to an invocation of finger.	 fingerd
      sends the output of finger to the remote host and closes the
      connection.

      If the command line is null (contains only a carriage-return and
      line-feed pair), finger returns a report that lists all users logged
      in on the system at that moment.

      If a user name is specified on the command line (for example,
      user<CR><LF>), the response lists more extended information for only
      that particular user, whether logged in or not.  See finger(1) for the
      details of this extended information.

      If fingerd is run with the -r option, it allows remote user names on
      the command line (for example, user@host<CR><LF>).  Otherwise, if the
      command line contains a remote user name, fingerd prints the error
      message Remote finger not allowed and closes the connection.

 AUTHOR
      fingerd was developed by the University of California, Berkeley and
      HP.

 SEE ALSO
      finger(1), inetd(1M), services(4),
      RFC 742 for the Name/Finger protocol.







 Hewlett-Packard Company	    - 1 -   HP-UX Release 11i: November 2000