WHOIS(1) General Commands Manual WHOIS(1)NAME
whois - DARPA Internet user name directory service
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.
RFC 812: Nicname/Whois
4.3 Berkeley Distribution June 6, 1985 WHOIS(1)
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whois(1) User Commands whois(1)NAME
whois - Internet user name directory service
whois [-h host] identifier
whois searches for an Internet directory entry for an identifier which is either a name (such as ``Smith'') or a handle (such as ``SRI-
NIC''). To force a name-only search, precede the name with a period; to force a handle-only search, precede the handle with an exclamation
To search for a group or organization entry, precede the argument with * (an asterisk). The entire membership list of the group will be
displayed with the record.
You may of course use an exclamation point and asterisk, or a period and asterisk together.
Example 1 Using The whois Command
example% whois Smith
looks for the name or handle SMITH.
example% whois !SRI-NIC
looks for the handle SRI-NIC only.
example% whois .Smith, John
looks for the name JOHN SMITH only.
Adding ... to the name or handle argument will match anything from that point; that is, ZU ... will match ZUL, ZUM, and so on.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
|Availability |SUNWrcmdc |
SEE ALSO attributes(5)SunOS 5.11 6 Nov 2000 whois(1)
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