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updated my finger client to support finger:// URIs

git.alexwennerberg.com/misc/tr

going to email the author of this draft spec, which was written 26 years ago. together, I believe we can get it finalized and continue the revival

datatracker.ietf.org/doc/html/

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He emailed me back: “ I note that there is still a strong chance of failure, but I suspect there is a moderate chance of success.”

Let’s do this

@aw i never really understood the finger protocol. is it basically a way to query /about-type information at a specific resource?

@cblgh well, technically, it’s a simple protocol where you send a string and get back some plain text, so you could call it a gopher precursor since it doesn’t specify gopher maps. All it has is a main directory. Culturally, the resources are people names, and the text contains info about them, and their plan. In my case, I let the gopher server answer the finger port. 😅 @aw

@cblgh @aw finger originates from a time where lots of people had accounts on the same Unix system.

With 'finger username' you could get infos about another user including room or telephone number. Until today, /etc/passwd has gecos fields (see man.openbsd.org/passwd.5) for exactly that purpose. Try running finger on your own user.

Additionally, you could query .plan and .project files which contained things people were working on. Like old school mastodon :D

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