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User Commands                                            whois(1)

NAME

whois - Internet user name directory service

SYNOPSIS

whois [ -h host ] identifier

DESCRIPTION

whois searches for an Internet directory entry for an iden- tifier which is either a name (such as ``Smith'') or a han- dle (such as ``SRI-NIC''). To force a name-only search, pre- cede 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 any- thing from that point; that is, ZU ... will match ZUL, ZUM, and so on.

ATTRIBUTES

See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attri- butes: ____________________________________________________________ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | |_____________________________|_____________________________| | Availability | SUNWcsu | |_____________________________|_____________________________| SunOS 5.8 Last change: 14 Sep 1992 1 User Commands whois(1)

SEE ALSO

attributes(5) SunOS 5.8 Last change: 14 Sep 1992 2