The finger service can be used to provide a form of user directory service. Remote users have the ability to query user profiles on your Virtual Private Server. User profiles include information such as full name, login name, home directory, as well as the contents of the .plan, .project, or .forward files. The .plan, .project, and .forward files must be located in each of your users' home directories (if they exist).

Using a Finger Client

In order for remote users to query the finger service on your Virtual Private Server, they will need to use a finger client. A finger client is included with the standard distribution of most UNIX operating systems. Finger clients for the Macintosh and Microsoft Windows operating systems are available by searching the major shareware archives.

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