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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.
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 asterisk 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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