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whois(1)			 User Commands			      whois(1)

NAME
       whois - Internet	user name directory service

SYNOPSIS
       whois [-h host] identifier

DESCRIPTION
       whois  searches for an Internet directory entry for an identifier which
       is either a name	(such as ``Smith'') or a handle	(such as ``SRI-NIC'').
       To force	a name-only search, precede the	name with a period; to force a
       handle-only search, precede the handle with an exclamation point.

       To search for a group or	organization entry, precede the	argument  with
       *  (an  asterisk). The entire membership	list of	the group will be dis-
       played with the record.

       You may of course use an	exclamation point and asterisk,	 or  a	period
       and asterisk together.

EXAMPLES
       Example 1: Using	The whois Command

       The command:

       example%	whois Smith
       looks for the name or handle SMITH.

       The command:

       example%	whois !SRI-NIC
       looks for the handle SRI-NIC only.

       The command:

       example%	whois .Smith, John
       looks for the name JOHN SMITH only.

       Adding ... to the name or handle	argument will match anything from that
       point; that is, ZU ... will match ZUL, ZUM, and so on.

ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |      ATTRIBUTE	TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Availability		     |SUNWrcmdc			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

SEE ALSO
       attributes(5)

SunOS 5.10			  6 Nov	2000			      whois(1)

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