Finger Protocol Control  

Request information about a user on a server.


Control Information

Object Name FingerClientCtl.FingerClient
Version 9.5.9530.3318
ProgID SocketTools.FingerClient.9
ClassID BD2BE65C-0BBC-405F-8025-CC2A5C96A0FD
Threading Model Apartment
Help File CST95CTL.CHM
Dependencies None
Standards RFC 742, RFC 1288


The Finger protocol is used to return information about a user on a server, as well as general information about the server itself. The control provides an interface for connecting to a server, requesting information about a user and returning that information to the program. The Finger protocol is sometimes used in conjunction with internal email applications, as well as a general information tool for corporate intranets. Finger servers are most commonly found on UNIX based servers, but implementations are available for the Windows platform as well.


The SocketTools ActiveX Edition components are self-registering controls compatible with any programming language that supports COM (Component Object Model) and the ActiveX control specification. If you are using Visual Basic 6.0 or Visual C++ 6.0, it is required that you have Service Pack 6 (SP6) installed. It is recommended that you install all updates for your development tools.

This component is supported on Windows XP and later versions of the Windows desktop and server platforms. If you are using Windows XP, you must have Service Pack 3 (SP3) installed as a minimum requirement. It is recommended that you install the current service pack and all critical updates available for your version of the operating system.

This product includes both 32-bit and 64-bit ActiveX controls. Native 64-bit CPU support requires the latest 64-bit version of Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 or later versions of the Windows operating system.


When you distribute an application that uses this control, you can either install the file in the same folder as your application executable or as a shared component in the appropriate system folder. If you install the control in the system folder, it is important that you distribute the correct version for the target platform and it must be registered. If you install the control in the same folder as your executable, it is recommended that you use registration-free activation or COM redirection to ensure that the correct version of the control is loaded by the application.