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    I had a quick couple quetions on the finger command/protocol. First, could I do a finger from DOS and how? Also, finger is generally in some programs but how exactly do they make finger go into program standard? Thank you for help.

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    The Iceman Cometh
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    If you want to run a finger from DOS, simply go into the Command Prompt and type "finger" with the specified parameters. Here is some information regarding finger from the DOS prompt:

    Displays information about a user on a specified system running the Finger service. Output varies based on the remote system.

    FINGER [-l] [user]@host [...]

    - -l Displays information in long list format

    - user Specifies the user you want information about. Omit the user parameter to display information about all users on the specifed host.

    - @host Specifies the server on the remote system whose users you want information about.
    As for whot tye make finger go into program standard, I can't answer that, because I'm not quite sure what you're asking...

    AJ

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    Im asking how would I put that In C code or something. Sorry I wasn't specific about it. Anyone got links to Finger tutorials that work with DoS attacks and preventing them?

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    id like to add to what adven said, finger only comes with the NT based windows not 9x.

    and agree with him: WTF is program standard?
    Bukhari:V3B48N826 “The Prophet said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.’”

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    If you want to use finger in C code, you'll have to use system("finger xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx"). System can be found in (I believe) stdio.h. Another way, however, is to pick up some books on tcp/ip and similar networking protocol programming and they will give you more advanced ways of using finger and finger-like commands. If you're not an advanced/expert programmer, though, I don't think they'll be much help. I have heard from my professors that they think that many of the reference books I use are too complicated and in-depth even for them...

    AJ

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    Does anyone even run finger damons anymore?
    Its not software piracy. I’m just making multiple off site backups.

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    Finger Deamons are very rare nowadays....

    /me flips off JRoc, heres your finger

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    If you want to use a DOS command in C/C++:

    #include <stdlib.h>

    Then use it like this: system("dos_command")

    system("finger user@host");
    Hope this helped you out.
    ~TOXIC-RAM

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    id like to add to what adven said, finger only comes with the NT based windows not 9x.
    I have had windows 95, 98 and 98se and they all had finger...
    Double Dutch

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    having the finger executable and being able to programmatically finger someone are two different things. to have and use 'finger' through a 'system' call, does save you < 100 lines of code. to do this programmatically, the basic outline is:

    - mx lookup for user domain (if needed)
    - create and open tcp socket on mx host
    - query for user
    - retrieve results
    - close socket
    -droby10

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