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whois



SYNOPSIS

       whois  [  -h  HOST  ]  [  -p    PORT  ] [ -aCFHlLMmrRSVx ]
       [ -g SOURCE:FIRST-LAST ]  [  -i  ATTR  ]  [  -S  SOURCE  ]
       [ -T TYPE ] object

       whois [ -t ] [ -v ] template whois [ -q ] keyword


DESCRIPTION

       whois searches for an object in a RFC-812 database.

       This  version of the whois client tries to guess the right
       server to ask for the specified object. If no guess can be
       made it will connect to whois.networksolutions.com for nic
       handles or whois.arin.net for IPv4 addresses  and  network
       names.


OPTIONS

       -h HOST Connect to HOST.

       -H      Do  not  display  the  legal disclaimers some reg­
               istries like to show you.

       -p PORT Connect to PORT.

       --verbose
               Be verbose.

       --help  Display online help.

       Other options are flags understood by RIPE-like servers.


NOTES

       Please remember that whois.networksolutions.com by default
       will  only  search in the domains database. If you want to
       search for NIC handles you have to prepend a !  character.
       When  you  do  this, the default server becomes whois.net­
       worksolutions.com.

       When querying whois.nic.mil for AS  numbers,  the  program
       will  automatically convert the request in the appropriate
       format, inserting a space after the string "AS".

       When querying whois.corenic.net, machine  readable  output
       is requested.

       RIPE-specific  options  are ignored when querying non-RIPE
       servers.

       If the /etc/whois.conf config file exists, it will be con­
       sulted  to find a server before applying the normal rules.
              guess  where  some  kind of objects are located. If
              the variable does  not  exist  then  whois.arin.net
              will be queried.

       WHOIS_HIDE
              If this variable is defined, legal disclaimers will
              be hidden even if the -H flag is not used.


SEE ALSO

       RFC 812: NICNAME/WHOIS

       RIPE-223: RIPE NCC Database Documentation

       Detailed help on available flags can be found in  RIPE-223
       or  in  the  help file which can be obtained with the com­
       mand:

              whois -h whois.ripe.net HELP


HISTORY

       This program closely tracks  the  user  interface  of  the
       whois client developed at RIPE by Ambrose Magee and others
       on the base of the original BSD client.  I also added sup­
       port  for  the  protocol  extensions  developed  by  David
       Kessens of QWest for the 6bone server.


AUTHOR

       Whois and this man  page  were  written  by  Marco  d'Itri
       <md@linux.it> and are licensed under the GPL.

Marco d'Itri             3 December 1999                 WHOIS(1)
  

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