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       cfingerd.text - cfingerd text rules


       cfingerd  offers different commands that can be placed in text files to
       display corresponding information.  Each command used with cfingerd  in
       text  files  begins  with  a  dollar-sign  (or  a  "$").   This usually
       indicates to cfingerd that when it’s displaying a file, it  issues  the
       command given directly after that character and inserts its output.

       If  you  want  to  display  a  raw  "$"  sign, simply put two "$" signs
       together, or "$$".

       Text commands are only  parsed  if  ALLOW_LINE_PARSING  is  enabled  in
       /etc/cfingerd/cfingerd.conf(5).   If it is disabled the text files will
       be sent as is, complete with any single or double dollar signs they may


       The  following  is  a list of text commands and what they do.  They are
       checked case insensitively.

       $CENTER will display the entire contents of  the  line.   This  command
       must  start  at  the  beginning  of  the  line.   This is a very common

       $DATE displays the current system date in the format of MM/DD/YY.

       $TIME displays the  current  system  time  in  the  format  HH:MM  A/PM

       $IDENT  displays  the  identity  of  the  current person fingering your

       $COMPILE_DATETIME displays the date and time of which the current issue
       of cfingerd was compiled on your system.

       $VERSION displays the current version of cfingerd.

       $EXEC  executes  the  rest of the line as a system command and send the
       output to the fingering user.  Pipes, parameters  etc.  are  available.
       The  $EXEC  command  must  be  on a line by itself in order to function
       properly.  The command is executed  as  nobody.nogroup  if  used  in  a
       system  file.   If  used  in  a  user file (e.g.  .plan) the command is
       executed  as  that  particular  user.   cfingerd  will  fork()   before
       executing  the  new  command  and  will drop all priviledges so this is

       This feature  is  only  available  if  ALLOW_EXECUTION  is  enabled  in
       cfingerd.conf.  The program may prodeuce a maximum of 10MB of output.


       If  you  like  the  software,  and  you  want  to  learn more about the
       software, or want to see a feature added to it that isn’t already here,
       then please write to  The project’s webpage
       is at .


       cfingerd(8),  cfingerd.conf(5),  finger(1),  userlist(1),  any  of  the
       included docs with the standard cfingerd distribution.