Looks like finger still works to cso.msu.edu for faculty/staff -- at least the Windows finger client does; I'm not sure about Eudora.
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Michigan State University Libraries
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From: Rich Wiggins [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, 14 June, 2004 1:48 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [MSUNAG] Eudora Directory Services
How we (ACNS and AIS) provide people directory services is currently
under discussion. Mail.msu.edu relies upon a directory service at
directory.mail.msu.edu. We haven't determined what the ultimate
MSU people directory service should look like, but in the interim,
you should be able to point an LDAP client -- including Eudora,
configured for LDAP -- to directory.mail.msu.edu and do people
lookups. That directory has all MSU folks except those who have
suppressed display of directory information.
AIS maintains the Faculty-Staff-Retiree Address system, or FSRA.
FSRA is searchable over the Web but does not speak LDAP or Finger.
Faculty and staff can log into FSRA and update certain information
(e.g. home contact info). Designated departmental staff can update
other items (e.g. professional name).
If you do a People search off the MSU home page, it currently
relies on directory.mail.msu.edu for the general search, and FSRA
for faculty/staff/retiree searches.
>You didn't say what protocol you were using for this in the past. We used the
> Finger protocol directed to pilot.msu.edu. In April of 2003, I found that
> no longer worked with mail.msu.edu, and I had the exchange below with ACNS.
> They never answered my second query about it. My guess is that it's gone.
> (You mention port 465, which doesn't sound right at all. Finger uses port 79.
> Port 465 is for SMTP, I believe.)
>>Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 17:07:19 -0400
>>To: MSUConsultingServices <[log in to unmask]>
>>From: Chris Wolf <[log in to unmask]>
>>Subject: RE:mail.msu.edu: New Finger Server?
>>Bcc: [log in to unmask] (Brian Hoort), [log in to unmask]
>>Thanks for the reply. We have several users who love the fact that Eudora can
> look up addresses on pilot.msu.edu (as a finger server) and cso.msu.edu (as a
> phone directory). We've tried to convince them to use the web, but they say
> it's too much of a hassle to switch to their browser to go to a web-based
> search page when a lookup is available right in their mail program. Are you
> saying they simply won't have that option any more after Pilot goes away?
>>At 04:58 PM 4/17/2003, you wrote:
>>>AIS is working on a new search mechanism that is supposed to bring in more
>>>current information from the faculty/staff directory and more. This big
>>>project, I believe, is scheduled to be out sometime over the summer. Once it
>>>is available we will be working to use that within the web interface.
>>>SUBJECT: New Finger Server?
>>>COMMENTS: Is there a new finger server to go along with the new mail
>>>system, and if so, what is its address? Thanks. --Chris Wolf
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>At 12:48 PM 6/14/2004, Adell Flourry Jr. wrote:
>>This is to those who support faculty/staff using Eudora for email.
>>I have talked to ACNS regarding my problem and they had no answer.
>>When using directory services function of Eudora in the past one could
>>find e-mail addresses of campus faculty, staff and students. Since
>>pilot has been turned off this feature stopped working. I looked in the
>>protocol configuration and changed pilot.msu.edu to mail.msu.edu and
>>port 465. When a search is attempted it comes back, after a long
>>search, with no data.
>>I am wondering if this feature is no longer supported with the new
>>e-mail system or is there something I need to do to Eudora.
>>Adell Flourry Jr
>>Family and Child Ecology
>Chris Wolf Computer Service Manager
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