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whois(1) [bsd man page]

WHOIS(1)						      General Commands Manual							  WHOIS(1)

NAME
whois - DARPA Internet user name directory service SYNOPSIS
whois name DESCRIPTION
whois help Produces a helpful message similar to the following: Please enter a name or a handle (``ident"), such as ``Smith" or ``SRI-NIC". Starting with a period forces a name-only search; starting with exclamation point forces handle-only. Examples: Smith [looks for name or handle SMITH ] !SRI-NIC [looks for handle SRI-NIC only ] .Smith, John [looks for name JOHN SMITH only ] Adding ``..." to the argument will match anything from that point, e.g. ``ZU..." will match ZUL, ZUM, etc. To have the ENTIRE membership list of a group or organization, if you are asking about a group or org, shown with the record, use an aster- isk character `*' directly preceding the given argument. [CAUTION: If there are a lot of members this will take a long time!] You may of course use exclamation point and asterisk, or a period and asterisk together. SEE ALSO
RFC 812: Nicname/Whois 4.3 Berkeley Distribution June 6, 1985 WHOIS(1)

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whois(1)						      General Commands Manual							  whois(1)

NAME
whois - Internet username directory service SYNOPSIS
whois [-h server] name... The whois command looks up user, host, and organization names in the Network Information Center (NIC) database. OPTIONS
Specifies a whois server other than the default server rs.internic.net. DESCRIPTION
The name argument can specify the following: The name of a registered user The name of a registered Internet host The name of some other entity recognized by the whois server By default, the whois command queries the host rs.internic.net. The operands specified to the whois command are concatenated together (separated by white-space) and presented to the whois the server. The default action, unless directed otherwise with a special name is to do a very broad search, looking for matches to name in all types of records and most fields (such as name, nicknames, host name, and network address) in the database. For more information as to what name operands have special meaning, and how to guide the search, use the special name help. EXAMPLES
To display the NIC database entry for the organization osf.org, enter: whois osf.org Open Software Foundation (OSF-DOM) 11 Cambridge Center Cambridge, MAS 02142 Domain Name: OSF.ORG . . . SEE ALSO
DARPA Internet Request for Comment: NICKNAME/WHOIS (RFC 812) whois(1)

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