Subject: Re: finger
To: None <>
From: Kimmo Suominen <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 09/07/2002 22:05:51
I'm not proposing a protocol change to finger.  My modification did not
change the protocol at all.

My change was to make finger behave more like vi and less, where setting
the locale will have the expected result of displaying characters that
are valid in that locale.  Invalid characters will not be displayed.

You were proposing a protocol change, and I my reply was that my change
does not prevent protocol enhancements in any way.

I haven't noticed any interoperability issues with the Linux systems
that have a finger client passing 8bit characters.  It is impossible
to fix an interoperability or other issue that is not described, so
please would you provide an example.

+ Kim

| From:
| Date:    Sun, 08 Sep 2002 10:50:46 +0900
| >>I would like to keep the functionality that the user can specify
| >>the character set that his/her terminal can display.  Just like
| >>with other programs, e.g. vi, this is done with LANG or LC_CTYPE.
| >>
| >>Verifying the locale setting of the user does not prevent from
| >>adding protocol level support for character sets in the future,
| >>if such protocol extension is ever added.
| >
| >	that's backwards.  you propose protocol changes to ietf, and then
| >	we can add such functionality into finger/fingerd.
| 	and it is not relevant to compare finger/fingerd versus vi, as
| 	finger/fingerd involves multiple systems (= interoperability issue).
| 	while vi has no such issue.
| itojun