WHOIS(1)                   Commands and Applications                  WHOIS(1)




NAME

       whois - Internet user name directory service


SYNOPSIS

       whois [-h hostname] name ...


DESCRIPTION

       Whois  looks  up  records  in  the  Network  Information  Center  (NIC)
       database.

       The options are as follows:

       -h     Use the specified host instead of the default NIC (nic.ddn.mil).

       The operands specified to whois are concatenated together (separated by
       white-space) and presented to the whois 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 (name, nicknames, hostname, net address,  etc.)
       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.


SEE ALSO

       RFC 812: Nicname/Whois


HISTORY

       The whois command appeared in 4.3BSD.



GNO                              15 April 1998                        WHOIS(1)

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