Nostalgia Computing

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Some things that seem to be going away these days... :(


Install finger & fingerd:

  • sudo apt-get install finger fingerd inetutils-inetd
  • sudo vi /etc/inetd.conf
finger    stream    tcp4    nowait        nobody    /usr/sbin/tcpd    /usr/sbin/in.fingerd
finger    stream    tcp6    nowait        nobody    /usr/sbin/tcpd    /usr/sbin/in.fingerd
  • sudo /etc/init.d/inetutils-inetd restart

Update your account info

  • chfn

(Do keep in mind this information will be visible to anyone with access to your network.)

Set up your .plan & .project files

  • vi .project

Write up something about your current project(s).

  • vi .plan

Write up something about your long-term plans.


Anyone on the network with finger available on their machine can now type 

  • finger USER@MACHINE

& find out a bit about you.


Finger works on port 79, so passing it through your firewall to a machine allows you to make it accessible to the world.