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.GodBless said:OK, OK somebody please tell me the true meaning of the finger option...
Found by typing MAN FINGER in Terminal.FINGER(1) BSD General Commands Manual FINGER(1)
finger - user information lookup program
finger [-46glmpshoT] [user ...] [user@host ...]
The finger utility displays information about the system users.
-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
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
-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.
It means finger as in point There is a nice telling of the history in teh Wiki.iAlan said:Someone could have used a different word, but maybe it was done on purpose...