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Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2019
 
 

whois(1)

Name

whois - Internet user name directory service

Synopsis

whois [-h host] identifier

Description

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, precede 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 together.

Examples

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.

Attributes

See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

ATTRIBUTE TYPE
ATTRIBUTE VALUE
Availability
network/whois

See Also

attributes(7)