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WHOIS(1) OpenBSD Reference Manual WHOIS(1)
whois - Internet domain name and network number directory service
whois [-adpr] [-h host] name [...]
whois looks up records in the databases maintained by several Network In-
formation Centers (NICs).
The options are as follows:
-a Use the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) database.
It contains network numbers used in those parts of the world cov-
ered neither by APNIC nor by RIPE.
-d Use the (US Military) Defense Data Network (DDN) database. It
contains points of contact for subdomains of .MIL.
Use the specified host instead of the default NIC (whois.inter-
nic.net). Either a host name or an IP address may be specified.
-m Use the Route Arbiter Database (RADB) database. It contains route
policy specifications for a large number of operators' networks.
-p Use the Asia/Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) database.
It contains network numbers used in East Asia, Australia, New
Zealand, and the Pacific islands.
-q Construct the name of a whois server to use from the top-level
domain (TLD) of the supplied (single) argument, and appending
".whois-servers.net". This effectively allows a suitable whois
server to be selected automatically for a large number of TLDs,
ie. all of the following will `just work':
whois -q patho.gen.nz
whois -q microsoft.com
whois -q nasa.gov
whois -q nic.fr
whois -q demon.co.uk
-r Use the R'eseaux IP Europ'eens (RIPE) database. It contains net-
work numbers and domain contact information for Europe.
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.
OpenBSD 2.6 June 20, 1994 1
Source: OpenBSD 2.6 man pages. Copyright: Portions are copyrighted by BERKELEY
SOFTWARE DESIGN, INC., The Regents of the University of California, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Free Software Foundation, FreeBSD Inc., and others.
(Corrections, notes, and links courtesy of RocketAware.com)
FreeBSD Sources for whois(1)
OpenBSD sources for whois(1)
Up to: Host, service name, and address operations - Methods and functions for doing address, host, user, and service name lookups (DNS). also Internet Assigned Numbers
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