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WHOIS(1)		  BSD General Commands Manual		      WHOIS(1)

     whois — Internet user name directory service

     whois [-h hostname] name ...

     Whois looks up records in the Network Information Center (NIC) database.

     The options are as follows:

     -h	     Use the specified host instead of the default NIC (whois.inter‐

     The operands specified to whois are concatenated together (separated by
     white-space) and presented to the whois server.

     The default action, unless directed otherwise with a special name, is to
     do a very broad search, looking for matches to name in all types of
     records and most fields (name, nicknames, hostname, net address, etc.) in
     the database.  For more information as to what name operands have special
     meaning, and how to guide the search, use the special name “help”.

     RFC 812: Nicname/Whois

     The whois command appeared in 4.3BSD.

4.3 Berkeley Distribution	 June 20, 1994	     4.3 Berkeley Distribution

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