FINGER.CONF(5) File Formats Manual FINGER.CONF(5)

finger.conffinger(1) alias configuration file

The optional finger.conf file is used to provide aliases that can be fingered by local and network users. This may be useful where a user's login name is not the same as their preferred mail address, or for providing virtual login names than can be fingered.

Lines beginning with ``#'' are comments. Other lines must consist of an alias name and a target name separated by a colon. A target name should be either a user, a forward reference to another alias or the path of a world readable file.

Where an alias points to a file, the contents of that file will be displayed when the alias is fingered.

/etc/finger.conf
finger(1) alias definition data base

# /etc/finger.conf alias definition file
#
# Format alias:(user|alias)
#
# Individual aliases
#
markk:mkn
john.smith:dev329
john:dev329
sue:/etc/finger/sue.txt
#
# Network status message
#
status:/usr/local/etc/status.txt
#
# Administrative redirects
#
root:admin
postmaster:admin
abuse:admin
#
# For the time being, 'sod' is sysadmin.
#
admin:sod

finger(1)

Support for the finger.conf file was submitted by Mark Knight <markk@knigma.org> and first appeared in FreeBSD 4.2.

August 16, 2000 macOS 14.4