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WHOB(8)			  BSD System Manager's Manual		       WHOB(8)

NAME
     whob -- display whois-type	information of interest	to Internet operators

SYNOPSIS
     whob [-h whois-server] [-g] [-AaCcfhNnOopRrstuVv] query

DESCRIPTION
     whob queries various sources of whois information for data	of interest to
     network operators and their tracing and debugging tools.

     whob output is designed to	be easily parsed, or better yet, its function-
     ality can be added	directly into your programs (see whois.h).

     The only mandatory	parameter is the target	host name or IP	number.	 Op-
     tions toggle the display of more interesting data or change the sources
     used to obtain that data.

     One key advantage of whob is its lookup of	ASN information	derived	from
     the global	Internet routing table itself, as opposed to relying solely on
     what has been registered in the RADB/IRR (see below).  This data is, by
     default, sourced from the global pWhoIs service.  See www.pwhois.org

     Other options are:

     -A	ASN  Display all routing advertisements	transiting the respective ASN.
	     The ASN may be supplied as	the target argument, or	a hostname or
	     IP	address	may be supplied	and whob will resolve the ASN automat-
	     ically.

     -a	ASN  Display all routing advertisements	made by	the respective Origin-
	     AS.  The Origin-AS	may be supplied	as the target argument,	or a
	     hostname or IP address may	be supplied and	whob will resolve the
	     ASN automatically.

     -P	prefix
	     Display all routing advertisements	related	to the CIDR prefix
	     supplied by the user.

     -N	ASN  Display all networks registered to	the ASN	supplied by the	user.

     -O	ASN  Display all contact information on	file for the ASN supplied by
	     the user.

     -g	     Disable GIGO mode.	 By popular request, whob takes	input directly
	     from the command line and passes it without modification to
	     pWhoIs or whatever	whois server is	requested (-h).	 The exact
	     output is returned	without	any parsing.  To enable	parsing	and
	     the other useful switches,	disable	GIGO mode by passing this (-g)
	     option.

     -R	     Display the Origin-AS on record at	the RADB/IRR (Routing Arbiter
	     Database/Internet Routing Registry) in addition the the Origin-AS
	     provided by the prefix-based whois	data source.

     -n	     Display the network name on record	with the IP network allocation
	     registry also such	as ARIN, RIPE, or APNIC.

     -o	     Display the organization name on file at the registrar.

     -p	     Display the AS-Path from the perspective of the current pwhois
	     server.  The pwhois server	may automatically exclude the initial,
	     least specific ASN	received from the operator of the network to
	     which it is connected (unless that	ASN is the only/origin ASN or
	     unless it has multiple peers). Of course, this AS-Path is subjec-
	     tive.  If you rely	on this	and want AS-Paths that correspond to
	     *your* network infrastructure, you	may want to install your own
	     pwhois server.  See the (-w) option and www.pwhois.org

     -t	     Display the date the route	was last cached	by the pWhoIs server.

     -u	     When possible, display dates in UTC/GMT instead of	local time.

     -h/w host
	     Change the	source of prefix-based whois data from the default
	     (pWhoIs) to any whois-compatible server of	your choice (like your
	     own).

     -f	file
	     Read from the specified file (or from stdin if the	argument is
	     '-') and submit its contents as bulk input	to pwhois.  The	input
	     will be buffered accordingly and subject to the constraints of
	     the current pwhois	server.	 Output	is written to STDOUT (which
	     may be redirected)	and will not be	parsed.	 Additional instruc-
	     tions to pwhois may be placed at the beginning of the file, how-
	     ever they will only apply to the first buffer of pwhois input.
	     The first (left-most) field in each line of the file must be the
	     IP	address	and lines may be up to 255 characters in length.

     -c	     Change the	source of prefix-based whois data from the default
	     (pWhoIs) to Cymru.	 See www.cymru.com for more details.  When
	     used with the -f option, this switch causes whob to use Cymru
	     whois for bulk file resolution instead of pwhois.

     -r	     Display the Origin-AS and prefix according	to RIPE	NCC RIS	(see
	     www.ripe.net/projects/ris/).  When	used with the -f option, this
	     switch causes whob	to use RIPE NCC	riswhois for bulk file resolu-
	     tion instead of pwhois.

     -s	     Show the status of	the (respective) pWhoIs	server and exit(0)

     -V	     Display verbose/debug output.  Use	multiple 'V's for additional
	     verbosity.

     -v	     Display this client's version information and exit(1)

     -me|whoami
	     Display this host's public	IP address and exit(0)

AUTHORS
     Victor Oppleman and Eugene	Antsilevitch

REPORTING BUGS
     To	report bugs, send e-mail to <whob@oppleman.com>

SEE ALSO
     lft(8), whois(1)

HISTORY
     The whob command first appeared in	2004.  This whois framework has	been a
     component of LFT since 2002.

WHOB				August 17, 2002				  WHOB

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