The database is a sorted (BTree-based) structure.
User records are stored with the key:
The sorted database format ensures that user records are clustered together.
Meta-information is always stored with a leading colon.
Field names define both the syntax and semantics of the value.
Defined fields include:
- The delivery address for this user.
There may be multiple values of this record.
mailing lists will have one
maildrop record for each user on the list.
- The outgoing mailname for this user.
For each outgoing name,
there should be an appropriate
maildrop record for that name to allow return mail.
- Changes any mail sent to this address to have the indicated envelope sender.
This is intended for mailing lists,
and will normally be the name of an appropriate -request address.
It is very similar to the owner-
list syntax in the alias file.
- The full name of the user.
- The office address for this user.
- The office phone number for this user.
- The office FAX number for this user.
- The home address for this user.
- The home phone number for this user.
- The home FAX number for this user.
- A (short) description of the project this person is affiliated with.
In the University this is often just the name of their graduate advisor.
- A pointer to a file from which plan information can be gathered.
As of this writing,
only a few of these fields are actually being used by
finger program that uses the other fields is planned.
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