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DICT(1)                                                                DICT(1)

       dict - DICT Protocol Client

       dict word
       dict [options] [word]
       dict [options] dict://host:port/d:word:database
       dict [options] dict://host:port/m:word:database:strategy

       dict  is  a  client  for  the  Dictionary Server Protocol (DICT), a TCP
       transaction based query/response protocol that provides access to  dic-
       tionary  definitions  from  a  set of natural language dictionary data-
       bases.  Exit status is 0 if operation succeeded, or non-zero otherwise.
       See EXIT STATUS section.

       -h server or --host server
              Specifies the hostname for the DICT server.  Server/port  combi-
              nations  can  be  specified  in  the  configuration file.  If no
              servers are specified in the configuration file  or  or  on  the
              command  line,  dict will fail.  (This is a compile-time option,
              ./configure --enable-dictorg, which is disabled by default.)  If
              IP  lookup  for  a  server expands to a list of IP addresses (as
              dict.org does currently), then each IP  will  be  tried  in  the
              order listed.

       -p service or --port service
              Specifies the port (e.g., 2628) or service (e.g., dict) for con-
              nections.  The default is 2628, as specified in the DICT  Proto-
              col  RFC.  Server/port combinations can be specified in the con-
              figuration file.

       -d dbname or --database dbname
              Specifies a specific database to  search.   The  default  is  to
              search  all databases (a "*" from the DICT protocol).  Note that
              a "!" in the DICT protocol means to search all of the  databases
              until a match is found, and then stop searching.

       -m or --match
              Instead  of  printing  a  definition,  perform a match using the
              specified strategy.

       -s strategy or --strategy strategy
              Specify a matching strategy.  By  default,  the  server  default
              match  strategy  is  used.   This is usually "exact" for defini-
              tions, and some form of spelling-correction strategy for matches
              ("."  from  the  DICT  protocol).   The available strategies are
              dependent on the server implementation.  For a list of available
              strategies, see the -S or --strats option.

       -C or --nocorrect
              Usually,  if  a  definition  is requested and the word cannot be
              found, spelling correction is requested from the server,  and  a
              list  of  possible words are provided.  This option disables the
              generation of this list.

       -c file or --config file
              Specify the configuration file.  The default is to try ~/.dictrc
              and  /etc/dictd/dict.conf, using the first file that exists.  If
              a specific configuration file is specified,  then  the  defaults
              will not be tried.

       -D or --dbs
              Query the server and display a list of available databases.

       -S or --strats
              Query  the server and display a list of available search strate-

       -H or --serverhelp
              Query the server and display the help information that  it  pro-

       -i dbname or --info dbname
              Request  information  on  the  specified  database  (usually the
              server will provide origination, descriptive, or other  informa-
              tion about the database or its contents).

       -I or --serverinfo
              Query the server and display information about the server.

       -M or --mime
              Send OPTION MIME command to the server.
              NOTE: Server's capabilities are not checked.

       -f or --formatted
              Enables  formatted  output,  i.e. output convenient for postpro-
              cessing by standard UNIX utilities. No, it is not XML  ;-)  Also
              error and warning messages like
               "  No  matches...",  "  Invalid  strategy..."  etc. are sent to
              stderr, not to stdout.
               -I, -i, -H and similar:
                  host<TAB>port<TAB>strategy1<TAB>short description1
                  host<TAB>port<TAB>strategy2<TAB>short description2
                  host<TAB>port<TAB>database1<TAB>database description1
                  host<TAB>port<TAB>database2<TAB>database description2

       -a or --noauth
              Disable authentication (i.e., don't send an AUTH command).

       -u user or --user user
              Specifies the username for authentication.

       -k key or --key key
              Specifies the shared secret for authentication.

       -V or --version
              Display version information.

       -L or --license
              Display copyright and license information.

       --help Display help information.

       -v or --verbose
              Be verbose.

       -r or --raw
              Be very verbose: show the raw client/server interaction.

              Specify the buffer size for pipelineing commands.   The  default
              is  256,  which  should  be  sufficient for general tasks and be
              below the MTU for most transport media.  Larger values may  pro-
              vide faster or slower throughput, depending on MTU.  If the buf-
              fer is too small, requests will be serialized.  Values less than
              0 and greater than one million are silently changed to something
              more reasonable.

       --client text
              Specifies additional text to be sent using the CLIENT command.

       --debug flag
              Set a debugging flag.  Valid flags are:

                     The same as -v or --verbose.

              raw    The same as -r or --raw.

              scan   Debug the scanner for the configuration file.

              parse  Debug the parser for the configuration file.

              pipe   Debug TCP  pipelining  support  (see  the  DICT  RFC  and

              serial Disable pipelining support.

              time   Perform transaction timing.

       The  configuration  file currently has a very simple format.  Lines are
       used to specify servers, for example:
              server dict.org
       or, with options:
              server dict.org { port 8080 }
              server dict.org { user username secret }
              server dict.org { port dict user username secret }
       the port and user options may be specified  in  any  order.   The  port
       option  is  used  to  specify  an optional port (e.g., 2628) or service
       (e.g., dict) for the TCP/IP connection.  The user  option  is  used  to
       specify  a  username and shared secret to be used for authentication to
       this particular server.

       Servers are tried in the order listed until a connection is  made.   If
       none  of  the  specified  servers  are  available, and the compile-time
       option (./configure --enable-dictorg) is enabled, then an attempt  will
       be  made  to  connect on localhost and on dict.org at the standard part
       (2628).  (This option is disabled by default.)  We expect that dict.org
       will point to one or more DICT servers (perhaps in round-robin fashion)
       for the foreseeable future (starting in July 1997), although it is dif-
       ficult  to  predict  anything  on  the Internet for more than about 3-6

        0  Successful completion

        20 No matches found
        21 Approximate matches found
        22 No databases available
        23 No strategies available

        30 Unexpected response code from server
        31 Server is temporarily unavailable
        32 Server is shutting down
        33 Syntax error, command not recognized
        34 Syntax error, illegal parameters
        35 Command not implemented
        36 Command parameter not implemented
        37 Access denied
        38 Authentication failed
        39 Invalid database
        40 Invalid strategy
        41 Connection to server failed

       dict was written by Rik Faith  (faithATcs.edu)  and  is  distributed
       under the terms of the GNU General Public License.  If you need to dis-
       tribute under other terms, write to the author.

       The main libraries used by this programs (zlib, regex, libmaa) are dis-
       tributed under different terms, so you may be able to use the libraries
       for applications which are incompatible with the GPL -- please see  the
       copyright  notices and license information that come with the libraries
       for more information, and consult with your attorney to  resolve  these

       If  a  dict:  URL  is  given on the command line, only the first one is
       used.  The rest are ignored.

       If a dict: URL contains a specifier for the nth definition or match  of
       a  word,  it will be ignored and all the definitions or matches will be
       provided.  This violates the RFC, and will be  corrected  in  a  future

       If  a  dict:  URL  contains a shared secret, it will not be parsed cor-

       When OPTION MIME command is sent to the server (-M option)  ,  server's
       capabilities are not checked.

              User's dict configuration file

              System dict configuration file

       dictd(8), dictzip(1), http://www.dict.org, RFC 2229

                               15 February 1998                        DICT(1)