Re: finger

Tim Chown (
Wed, 24 Mar 1993 14:46:12 +0000 (GMT)

Cameron Simpson writes:
> Um, follow the MX records to find a suitable finger host?
> - Cameron Simpson
>, DoD#743

I think the point was that full mail ids are often different to
login IDs, and this makes fingering by name a problem. I login
as tjc but my mail ID is rewritten on sending to T.J.Chown. Also,
from our site we (try to) hide all hosts and as a result fingering
someone here at will fail because we don't allow
logins on our mail/news gateway machine. So if you want an open
finger service I guess you give up a little "security".

Having said that, running icsi-finger internally is rewarding