Re: Revised Internet-Draft: finger URL

Larry Masinter (masinter@parc.xerox.com)
Sun, 26 Feb 1995 12:55:07 PST


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In-Reply-To: Paul Hoffman's message of Sun, 26 Feb 1995 10:59:24 -0800 <v02110104ab767dfa6b29@[165.227.40.27]>
Subject: Re: Revised Internet-Draft: finger URL
From: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Message-Id: <95Feb26.125511pst.2760@golden.parc.xerox.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 1995 12:55:07 PST

> - How to allow
> finger:user@usershost@host1@host2

Can't this be done with:
	finger://host2/user@usershost@host1

Don't confuse the common Unix command line interface with the
protocol.

> - How to allow "/W". Again, I think this is very rarely used and would be
> willing to toss it out.

Can't this be done with:

	finger://host//W

or 

	finger://host//W%20user

As for serving other ports, if you allow it, add the same security
warnings that were there for gopher. I think the justification that
makes me think this might be useful is the possibility of using
'finger:' URLs for whois++.