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Linux in a Nutshell

This directory of Linux commands is from Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.

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in.fingerd [options]

TCP/IP command. Remote user information server. fingerd provides a network interface to the finger program. It listens for TCP connections on the finger port and, for each connection, reads a single input line, passes the line to finger, and copies the output of finger to the user on the client machine. fingerd is started by xinetd and must have an entry in xinetd's configuration file, /etc/xinetd.conf.



Allow finger forwarding in the form of user@host1@host2.

-p command, -L path

Use alternate finger program specified by command.


Log finger requests.

-t n

Set timeout period to n seconds.


Reject requests in the form of @host.


Include a welcome banner with additional information, such as uptime and the name of the operating system.

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