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jwhois(1)						      General Commands Manual							 jwhois(1)

jwhois - client for the whois service SYNOPSIS
jwhois searches Whois servers for the object on the command line. The host to query is taken from a global configuration file, a configuration file specified on the command line, or selected directly on the command line. OPTIONS
--version display version, authors and licensing information. --help display a short help text. -c FILE --config=FILE uses FILE as a configuration file instead of the default. -h HOST --host=HOST overrides any hosts in the configuration file and queries HOST directly. -p PORT --port=PORT specifies a port number to use when querying a HOST. -f --force-lookup forces a query to be made to a host even if a current object is available from the cache. -v --verbose outputs verbose debugging information while running (use this before sending a bugreport to ensure that it's indeed a bug and not a misconfiguration). You can increase the verbosity by giving several verbose commands to jwhois, such as -vv. -n --no-redirect disable features that redirect queries from one server to another. -s --no-whoisservers disable the built-in support for -a --raw send query verbatim to receiving hosts instead of rewriting them according to the configuration. -i --display-redirections display every step in a redirection (default is to display only the last answer). -d --disable-cache completely disable both reading and writing to cache. -r --rwhois force the query to use the rwhois protocoll instead of HTTP or whois. --rwhois-display=DISPLAY asks receiving rwhois servers to display the results in the DISPLAY display instead of the default dump display. --rwhois-limit=LIMIT asks receiving rwhois servers to limit their responses to LIMIT matches. RIPE EXTENSIONS To use the options specified in RIPE Document 157, you need to change the format of the query slightly. If you were to search for all entries in the RIPE database which lists the admin-c, tech-c or zone-c as CO19-RIPE, you could use the following command syntax: jwhois -h -- -i admin-c,tech-c,zone-c CO19-RIPE -- is used to separate the RIPE options from the jwhois options. SEE ALSO
whois(1) GNU
November 2001 jwhois(1)

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WHOIS(1)						    BSD General Commands Manual 						  WHOIS(1)

whois -- Internet domain name and network number directory service SYNOPSIS
whois [-aAbfgiIklmQrR] [-c country-code | -h host] [-p port] name ... DESCRIPTION
The whois utility looks up records in the databases maintained by several Network Information Centers (NICs). The options are as follows: -a Use the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) database. It contains network numbers used in those parts of the world covered neither by APNIC, AfriNIC, LACNIC, nor by RIPE. (Hint: All point of contact handles in the ARIN whois database end with "-ARIN".) -A Use the Asia/Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) database. It contains network numbers used in East Asia, Australia, New Zea- land, and the Pacific islands. -b Use the Network Abuse Clearinghouse database. It contains addresses to which network abuse should be reported, indexed by domain name. -c country-code This is the equivalent of using the -h option with an argument of "". -f Use the African Network Information Centre (AfriNIC) database. It contains network numbers used in Africa and the islands of the western Indian Ocean. -g Use the US non-military federal government database, which contains points of contact for subdomains of .GOV. -h host Use the specified host instead of the default variant. Either a host name or an IP address may be specified. By default whois constructs the name of a whois server to use from the top-level domain (TLD) of the supplied (single) argument, and appending "". This effectively allows a suitable whois server to be selected automatically for a large number of TLDs. In the event that an IP address is specified, the whois server will default to the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). If a query to ARIN references APNIC, AfriNIC, LACNIC, or RIPE, that server will be queried also, provided that the -Q option is not specified. If the query is not a domain name or IP address, whois will fall back to -i Use the Network Solutions Registry for Internet Numbers ( database. It contains network numbers and domain contact information for most of .COM, .NET, .ORG and .EDU domains. NOTE! The registration of these domains is now done by a number of independent and competing registrars and this database holds no information on the domains registered by organizations other than Network Solutions, Inc. Also, note that the InterNIC database ( is no longer handled by Network Solutions, Inc. For details, see (Hint: Contact information, identified by the term handle, can be looked up by prefixing "handle " to the NIC handle in the query.) -I Use the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) database. It contains network information for top-level domains. -k Use the National Internet Development Agency of Korea's (KRNIC) database. It contains network numbers and domain contact information for Korea. -l Use the Latin American and Caribbean IP address Regional Registry (LACNIC) database. It contains network numbers used in much of Latin America and the Caribbean. -m Use the Route Arbiter Database (RADB) database. It contains route policy specifications for a large number of operators' networks. -p port Connect to the whois server on port. If this option is not specified, whois defaults to port 43. -Q Do a quick lookup. This means that whois will not attempt to lookup the name in the authoritative whois server (if one is listed). This option has no effect when combined with any other options. -r Use the R'eseaux IP Europ'eens (RIPE) database. It contains network numbers and domain contact information for Europe. -R Use the Russia Network Information Center (RIPN) database. It contains network numbers and domain contact information for subdomains of .RU. This option is deprecated; use the -c option with an argument of "RU" instead. The operands specified to whois are treated independently and may be used as queries on different whois servers. EXIT STATUS
The whois utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs. EXAMPLES
Most types of data, such as domain names and IP addresses, can be used as arguments to whois without any options, and whois will choose the correct whois server to query. Some exceptions, where whois will not be able to handle data correctly, are detailed below. To obtain contact information about an administrator located in the Russian TLD domain "RU", use the -c option as shown in the following example, where CONTACT-ID is substituted with the actual contact identifier. whois -c RU CONTACT-ID (Note: This example is specific to the TLD "RU", but other TLDs can be queried by using a similar syntax.) The following example demonstrates how to query a whois server using a non-standard port, where ``query-data'' is the query to be sent to ``'' on port ``rwhois'' (written numerically as 4321). whois -h -p rwhois query-data SEE ALSO
Ken Harrenstien and Vic White, NICNAME/WHOIS, 1 March 1982, RFC 812. HISTORY
The whois command appeared in 4.3BSD. BSD
October 2, 2009 BSD

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