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whois(1)				  User Commands 				 whois(1)

       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,  pre-
       cede  the  name	with  a period; to force a handle-only search, precede the handle with an
       exclamation point.

       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

       Example 1 Using The whois Command

       The command:

	 example% whois Smith

       looks for the name or handle SMITH.

       The command:

	 example% whois !SRI-NIC

       looks for the handle SRI-NIC only.

       The command:

	 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 		   |


SunOS 5.11				    6 Nov 2000					 whois(1)
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