User Information (Finger) ScriptThe 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 using Telnet or SSH and type the following commands:
Telnet or SSH to your Virtual Server and type:
% tar -xvf /usr/local/contrib/finger.tar
After you have installed finger on your Virtual Server you can perform queries using any finger client.
The HTML source below represents a finger client form.
<title>Finger Remote User on Remote Host</title>
<hr size = 3>
<h3>Finger Remote User on Remote Host</h3>
<form method="POST" action="/cgi-bin/Scriptorium/finger/lookup.pl">
<input name="user" size=8 maxlength=16> <b>@</b>
<input name="host" size=24 maxlength=72>
<input type="submit" value="Lookup">
<hr size = 3>
If you are unfamiliar with the FORM HTML element, or would like to learn more about forms, see: Mosaic for X version 2.0 Fill-Out Form Support.
Installing the Finger CGI
To install the finger CGI on your Virtual Server you will need to do the following: