Re: New Internet-Draft: finger URL

Michael A. Dolan (
Wed, 15 Feb 1995 14:33:07 -0800

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Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 14:33:07 -0800
To: (Paul Hoffman),
From: (Michael A. Dolan)
Subject: Re: New Internet-Draft: finger URL

At 09:00 AM 2/15/95 -0700, Paul Hoffman wrote:
>>If the host is required, then why make yet another syntax that must parsed ?
>>I favor the more canonical, finger://host[:port]/blah
>I think we're overusing "host" here. For those of us with shell accounts on
>a Unix system, the <query> part of "finger:<query>" is the same as the
>argument we would give to the "finger" command at the shell. If this is
>unclear from the examples in the I-D, I'd love to have better ones.
>>Also, in the other scheme, how would one specify a non-standard port ?
>You don't. As I said in the I-D, RFC 1288 specifies only one port, and so
>does this URL.

Seems unnecessarily restrictive - local host fingerd, and ( to a lesser
extent) standard ports only.

Since most of the OS's in the world haven't a clue what
a fingerd is, why make an OS-dependent URL syntax that can't be directed
to someplace that has a fingerd running ?

In otherwords, from my Windows 3.1 system, how do I send a finger request
to host, "foo", for "user@bar" running a fingerd on port 9372 ?  Maybe
I'm missing something in the syntax ?

Whatever advantages of simpler syntax for UNIX-centric systems would seem
to be outweighed by the need for more general usage.

Michael A. Dolan         <> 
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