Bug 2118 - finger doesn't check for exact matches unless -m is passed
finger doesn't check for exact matches unless -m is passed
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: finger (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-04-11 01:03 EDT by Nalin Dahyabhai
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:36 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-07-28 11:41:23 EDT
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Description Nalin Dahyabhai 1999-04-11 01:03:50 EDT
Unless a user invokes finger with the '-m' switch, it doesn't
bother to check for an exact match for a user name using
getpwnam().  If the nsswitch module that contains the info
about that user doesn't provide a getpwent() function (like
hesiod), finger will always fail without that '-m' flag.
Whether this is actually a bug is debatable because the man
page isn't too clear on what should be done.  I'm about to
mail in a patch to fix this anyway.

------- Email Received From  Nalin Dahyabhai <nalin@thermo.stat.ncsu.edu> 04/11/99 01:07 -------

------- Email Received From  Stepan Kasal <kasal@matsrv.math.cas.cz> 05/10/99 08:56 -------
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-07-28 11:41:59 EDT
Fixed in finger-0.10-25. Thanks for the patches.

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