In the end, I decided that the simplest solution was to write my own. Thimbl-CLI now has the directory "daemon", containing all the demonic fingering that is necessary to get a daemon going. It aint pretty, but it works. Here's the README file that I wrote in the daemon directory:
How to set up a crude finger serverI have trying ubuntu, and I have been most unstatisfied with thefinger daemons on offer. Instead of going an ultra-complicated route,I have tried to opt for about the simplest thing that will work. It isbased on the assumption that there is only one real user on thesystem, and that it is only him who has a .plan file that needs to bepublished.Here's what to do:* REDIRECT PORT 79Normal users can't bind below port 1000, so you need to redirect it tosome other port. In this case, use port 4214. As root, type:iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -p tcp --dport 79 -j REDIRECT --to-port 4214Don't change it from 4214 without good reason, because thimbld.c iscompiled under the assumption that you will be using 4214.Other solutions, including 'authbind', are mentioned here:http://serverfault.com/questions/112795/how-can-i-run-a-server-on-linux-on-port-80-as-a-normal-userSecurity and other problems and limitations are also discussed there.* COMPILE THE DAEMONYou will need gcc and the include files to compile the binary. OnSlackware, this wont be a problem. On other systems, you may need toinstall them. To compile, issue the command:gcc -o thimbld thimbld.cthimbld.c just executes a shell script. I have chosen to wrap thescript in a C file in this way so that I have an easily idintifiableprocess that I can kill.* LAUNCH THE DAEMONEasy enough:./launch-thimbldIt's a very simple script.* KILL THE DAEMONWhen you get fed up running the daemon, issue the command./kill-thimbldThat should do the trick
Except, it doesn't quite work. The kill-thimbld doesn't quite seem to kill everything. Think of thimbld as only a stop-gap solution, anyway. I just want my EC2 account to transmit my .plan file so that I can do some testing from other accounts.
In order to checkout Thimbl-CLI, visit its page at github: