DICT(1)                                                                DICT(1)


       dict - DICT Protocol Client


       dict word
       dict [options] [word]
       dict [options] dict://host:port/d:word:database
       dict [options] dict://host:port/m:word:database:strategy


       dict  is  a  client  for  the  Dictionary Server Protocol (DICT), a TCP
       transaction based query/response protocol that provides access to  dic-
       tionary   definitions   from  a  set  of  natural  language  dictionary


       -h server or --host server
              Specifies the hostname for the DICT server.  Server/port  combi-
              nations  can  be  specified  in  the  configuration file.  If no
              servers are specified the default behavior is to  try  dict.org,
              alt0.dict.org,  alt1.dict.org, and alt2.dict.org, in that order.
              If IP lookup for a server expands to a list of IP addresses  (as
              dict.org  does  currently),  then  each  IP will be tried in the
              order listed.

       -p service or --port service
              Specifies the port (e.g., 2628) or service (e.g., dict) for con-
              nections.   The default is 2628, as specified in the DICT Proto-
              col RFC.  Server/port combinations can be specified in the  con-
              figuration file.

       -d dbname or --database dbname
              Specifies  a  specific  database  to  search.  The default is to
              search all databases (a "*" from the DICT protocol).  Note  that
              a  "!" in the DICT protocol means to search all of the databases
              until a match is found, and then stop searching.

       -m or --match
              Instead of printing a definition,  perform  a  match  using  the
              specified strategy.

       -s strategy or --strategy strategy
              Specify  a  matching  strategy.   By default, the server default
              match strategy is used.  This is  usually  "exact"  for  defini-
              tions, and some form of spelling-correction strategy for matches
              ("." from the DICT  protocol).   The  available  strategies  are
              dependent  on the server implemenation.  For a list of available
              strategies, see the -S or --strats option.

       -C or --nocorrect
              Usually, if a definition is requested and  the  word  cannot  be
              found,  spelling  correction is requested from the server, and a
              list of possible words are provided.  This option  disables  the
              generation of this list.

       -c file or --config file
              Specify the configuration file.  The default is to try ~/.dictrc
              and /etc/dict.conf, using the first file that exists.  If a spe-
              cific  configuration  file  is specified, then the defaults will
              not be tried.

       -D or --dbs
              Query the server and display a list of available databases.

       -S or --strats
              Query the server and display a list of available search  strate-

       -H or --serverhelp
              Query  the  server and display the help information that it pro-

       -i dbname or --info dbname
              Request information  on  the  specified  database  (usually  the
              server  will provide origination, descriptive, or other informa-
              tion about the database or its contents).

       -I or --serverinfo
              Query the server and display information about the server.

       -a or --noauth
              Disable authentication (i.e., don’t send an AUTH command).

       -u user or --user user
              Specifies the username for authentication.

       -k key or --key key
              Specifies the shared secret for authentication.

       -V or --version
              Display version information.

       -L or --license
              Display copyright and license information.

       --help Display help information.

       -v or --verbose
              Be verbose.

       -r or --raw
              Be very verbose: show the raw client/server interaction.

       -P program or --pager program
              Specify program to use as pager. Use "-" for none.

              Specify the buffer size for pipelineing commands.   The  default
              is  256,  which  should  be  sufficient for general tasks and be
              below the MTU for most transport media.  Larger values may  pro-
              vide  faster  or  slower  throughput,  depending on MTU.  If the
              buffer is too small, requests will be serialized.   Values  less
              than  0  and  greater  than  one million are silently changed to
              something more reasonable.

       --client text
              Specifies additional text to be sent using the CLIENT command.

       --debug flag
              Set a debugging flag.  Valid flags are:

                     The same as -v or --verbose.

              raw    The same as -r or --raw.

              scan   Debug the scanner for the configuration file.

              parse  Debug the parser for the configuration file.

              pipe   Debug TCP  pipelining  support  (see  the  DICT  RFC  and

              serial Disable pipelining support.

              time   Perform transaction timing.


       The  configuration  file currently has a very simple format.  Lines are
       used to specify servers, for example:
              server dict.org
       or, with options:
              server dict.org { port 8080 }
              server dict.org { user username secret }
              server dict.org { port dict user username secret }
       the port and user options may be specified  in  any  order.   The  port
       option  is  used  to  specify  an optional port (e.g., 2628) or service
       (e.g., dict) for the TCP/IP connection.  The user  option  is  used  to
       specify  a  username and shared secret to be used for authentication to
       this particular server.

       Servers are tried in the order listed until a connection is  made.   If
       none  of  the  specified servers are available, then an attempt will be
       made to connect on localhost and  on  dict.org  at  the  standard  part
       (2628).  We expect that dict.org will point to one or more DICT servers
       (perhaps in round-robin fashion) for the foreseeable  future  (starting
       in  July  1997),  although  it  is difficult to predict anything on the
       Internet for more than about 3-6 months.

       The configuration file also allows the  setting  of  a  pager  (keyword
       pager), similar to the --pager option.


       dict  was  written  by  Rik Faith (faith@cs.unc.edu) and is distributed
       under the terms of the GNU General Public License.  If you need to dis-
       tribute under other terms, write to the author.

       The main libraries used by this programs (zlib, regex, libmaa) are dis-
       tributed under different terms, so you may be able to use the libraries
       for  applications which are incompatible with the GPL -- please see the
       copyright notices and license information that come with the  libraries
       for  more  information, and consult with your attorney to resolve these


       If a dict: URL is given on the command line,  only  the  first  one  is
       used.  The rest are ignored.

       If  a dict: URL contains a specifier for the nth definition or match of
       a word, it will be ignored and all the definitions or matches  will  be
       provided.   This  violates  the  RFC, and will be corrected in a future

       If a dict: URL contains a shared secret, it will  not  be  parsed  cor-




       dictd(8), dictzip(1), http://www.dict.org, RFC 2229

                               15 February 1998                        DICT(1)

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