ooooo you're a dirrrty mac aren't you?!


biohazard6969

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Feb 23, 2005
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oh man i love finding stuff like this about my mac, now i'm off delving deep into the utilities apps and other stuff just to find something else rele cool
 

GodBless

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Jan 22, 2005
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Wow. I remember there was a finger option in the Network Utility Application but I never knew what it meant. I didn't read what it was all about until you posted this. Thanks for "pointing" :)p) out what it means. ;)

OK, OK somebody please tell me the true meaning of the finger option...
 

iMeowbot

macrumors G3
Aug 30, 2003
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GodBless said:
OK, OK somebody please tell me the true meaning of the finger option...
Once upon a time, you could finger anyone's mailbox to find out if they were around and had seen your mail. There was also typically a .plan file where people could leave little public notices --- some people used to used them sort of like a primitive form of blog.

The finger service pretty much disappeared after spambots got into the habit of using them to harvest addresses. It didn't help that some popular finger servers had security issues too.

For some reason, game developers still like to use finger to announce their plans, but there's little else left in the way of real usage.
 

Mac-Xpert

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Dec 18, 2003
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The Netherlands
I have once used that command in the network utility. I didn't know what it did, and tried it on our own internet IP, and it seemed to do nothing. The next day we found out we didn't receive any mail anymore, but were still able to send it. After looking at a zillion different things and contacting are ISP it came out that the finger command I used triggered the ISPs firewall and closed some port on our IP, making it impossible to receive mail.:eek:

So watch out, if you don't now what it does!
 

IJ Reilly

macrumors P6
Jul 16, 2002
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Finger, in all its Unix-ey goodness:

FINGER(1) BSD General Commands Manual FINGER(1)

NAME
finger - user information lookup program

SYNOPSIS
finger [-46glmpshoT] [user ...] [user@host ...]

DESCRIPTION
The finger utility displays information about the system users.

Options are:

-4 Forces finger to use IPv4 addresses only.

-6 Forces finger to use IPv6 addresses only.

-s Display the user's login name, real name, terminal name and write
status (as a ``*'' before the terminal name if write permission
is denied), idle time, login time, and either office location and
office phone number, or the remote host. If -o is given, the
office location and office phone number is printed (the default).
If -h is given, the remote host is printed instead.

Idle time is in minutes if it is a single integer, hours and min-
utes if a ``:'' is present, or days if a ``d'' is present. If it
is an ``*'', the login time indicates the time of last login.
Login time is displayed as the day name if less than 6 days, else
month, day; hours and minutes, unless more than six months ago,
in which case the year is displayed rather than the hours and
minutes.

Unknown devices as well as nonexistent idle and login times are
displayed as single asterisks.

-h When used in conjunction with the -s option, the name of the
remote host is displayed instead of the office location and
office phone.

-o When used in conjunction with the -s option, the office location
and office phone information is displayed instead of the name of
the remote host.

-g This option restricts the gecos output to only the users' real
name. It also has the side-effect of restricting the output of
the remote host when used in conjunction with the -h option.

:
Found by typing MAN FINGER in Terminal.
(Wow, that sounds even worse, doesn't it?)
 

iAlan

macrumors 65816
Dec 11, 2002
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Location: Location:
Middle finger?

...sorry, had to ask! But an interesting find. I had no idea what it meant so thanks to those (especially IJ Reilly) for an explanation. Someone could have used a different word, but maybe it was done on purpose...
 

iMeowbot

macrumors G3
Aug 30, 2003
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iAlan said:
Someone could have used a different word, but maybe it was done on purpose...
It means finger as in point :D There is a nice telling of the history in teh Wiki.

Y'know though, this is seriously weird how an Internet futility that people used daily a few years ago is already long forgotten.