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.\" $FreeBSD: src/usr.bin/finger/finger.conf.5,v 1.6 2005/02/09 18:04:22 ru Exp $
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.Dd August 16, 2000
.Dt FINGER.CONF 5
.Os
.Sh NAME
.Nm finger.conf
.Nd
.Xr finger 1
alias configuration file
.Sh DESCRIPTION
The optional
.Nm
file is used to provide aliases that can be fingered by local
and network users.
This may be useful where a user's login name is not the same
as their preferred mail address, or for providing virtual login names
than can be fingered.
.Pp
Lines beginning with ``#'' are comments.
Other lines must consist of an
alias name and a target name separated by a colon.
A target name should be either a user, a forward
reference to another alias or the path of a world readable file.
.Pp
Where an alias points to a file, the contents of that file will be displayed
when the alias is fingered.
.Sh FILES
.Bl -tag -width /etc/finger.conf -compact
.It Pa /etc/finger.conf
.Xr finger 1
alias definition data base
.El
.Sh EXAMPLES
.Bd -literal
# /etc/finger.conf alias definition file
#
# Format alias:(user|alias)
#
# Individual aliases
#
markk:mkn
john.smith:dev329
john:dev329
sue:/etc/finger/sue.txt
#
# Network status message
#
status:/usr/local/etc/status.txt
#
# Administrative redirects
#
root:admin
postmaster:admin
abuse:admin
#
# For the time being, 'sod' is sysadmin.
#
admin:sod
.Ed
.Sh SEE ALSO
.Xr finger 1
.Sh HISTORY
Support for the
.Nm
file was submitted by Mark Knight <markk@knigma.org> and first appeared in
.Fx 4.2 .