whois — Internet User Name Directory Service


/usr/bin/whois [-h host] identifier


whois searches for an Internet directory entry for an identifier that is either a name, such as Smith, or a handle, such as SRI-NIC.

The following characters preceding the identifier can modify the search.

. Force a name-only search.
! Force a handle-only search.
* Search for a group or organization entry. The entire membership list of the group is displayed with the record.

You can, of course, use an exclamation point and an asterisk, or a period and asterisk together.


-h host Specify the name of the host to search.


identifier Specify a name, such as Smith, or a handle, such as SRI-NIC to search for in an Internet ...

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