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       efingerd - another finger daemon for linux


       efingerd [-t X] [-f] [-n] [-u] [--help] [--version]

       efingerd should be run from inetd.


       efingerd  is  another  finger  daemon, giving you complete control over
       what are you going to display about your computer.


       --help Show summary of options and exit.

              Show version and exit.

       -t X   Lifetime for spawned services (in seconds) ex: -t  25   maintain
              connections for up to 25 seconds (default: -t 60)

       -n     Do not lookup addresses, use IP numbers instead

       -f     Do not display users’ full names.

       -u     Ignore user-specific .efingerd file


       If  you  are just an ordinary user and efingerd is already installed by
       your friendly administrator, you can take the advantage of it by making
       executable  .efingerd in your home directory (it can be anything - from
       single shell script to a program in  super-hyper-extra-object  oriented
       language  -  only  speed  makes  a  difference). This program takes two
       arguments, the first is the name  of  remote  user  fingering  you  (or
       (null)  if  his/her/its  system  does not run ident), the second one is
       address of his computer (or ip number, if efingerd  is  installed  with
       option  -n).   Standard output of this program is then displayed to the
       person fingering you. Look at examples/.efingerd for a nice example.

       Following executables are providing information about your  machine  to
       the fingerer:

         what to display when somebody does finger @your.machine

         what  to  display when somebody fingers user on your machine, and the
       fingered user does not have ~/.efingerd file

         what to display when  somebody  fingers  non-existent  user  on  your

       If the local user has file .efingerd in his/her/its home directory, and
       it is readable by the daemon, it will be executed and it’s output  will
       be served to the fingerer.

       These  are  normal  programs,  displaying  on  standard  output desired
       information. These programs are called with following parameters:
         $1 - identity of remote user, (null) if  his/her/its  system  is  not
       running ident
         $2  -  address of remote machine (IP number if it has not reverse DNS
       entry or you specified -n)
         $3 - name of local user being fingered

       Look at examples/ for examples.  Don’t forget that these programs  must
       be executable by efingerd daemon.


       finger(1), fingerd(8)


       Radovan Garabik (


       file .efingerd in user’s home directory must be executable and readable
       by UID efingerd runs under to work.