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whois.conf(5) [centos man page]

WHOIS.CONF(5)							 Debian GNU/Linux						     WHOIS.CONF(5)

whois.conf - alternative WHOIS servers list for whois client SYNOPSIS
/etc/whois.conf DESCRIPTION
This file contains a list of WHOIS servers which can augment or override the built-in list of the client. It's a plain text file in ASCII encoding. Each line consists of two fields: a pattern to match WHOIS object identifier and a corresponding WHOIS server domain name. Fields are separated by non-empty sequence of space or a tabular characters. A line starting with a hash character is a free comment and it's not considered. The pattern is case-insensitive extended regular expression if whois client has been compiled with POSIX regular expressions support. Oth- erwise, simple case-insensitive suffix comparison against WHOIS object identifier is used. Internationalized domain names (IDN) must be specified in ascii-compatible encoding (ACE) format. EXAMPLE
.nz$ # Hangul Korean TLD .xn--3e0b707e$ # Private ASNs ^as645(1[2-9]|2[0-9]|3[0-4])$ FILES
/etc/whois.conf SEE ALSO
whois(1) AUTHOR
This manual page was written by Petr Pisa <> and is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 or higher. Petr Pisa 9 April 2013 WHOIS.CONF(5)

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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 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 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, enter: whois 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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