whois, fwhois - query a whois or nicname database
whois [-v] [-r|-n] [-h server] [-p port] [-t timeout] [--]
whois formats and sends queries to any RFC954 whois server and prints
the results to standard output.
The name of the server to query. If no server is specified, the
environment variables NICNAMESERVER and WHOISSERVER are checked
for server names, and if neither is set, whois.crsnic.net is
Change the port the whois client connects to. The default is
whois but any valid service name will do. If you get bored you
can try using finger and see what happens.
-t Set a time limit for each query, after which the client will
exit rather than wait. The time limit includes every part of
the query, including name resolution.
-r Force recursion. If the first server response contains a line
Whois Server: hostname
whois will retry the same query with hostname as the server.
This is the default when the default server is being queried.
-n Disable recursion, even if the default server is being queried.
-v Be verbose in the query. This causes the client to print the
query string it will send to the server before sending it.
-- Don't interpret subsequent -p, -h, -r, or -v flags given as
None known, but it's a simple enough protocol that I don't think there
are going to be any problems.
Nalin Dahyabhai <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Red Hat Linux whois WHOIS(1)
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