whois - Internet user name directory service
whois [-h hostname] name
whois looks up records in the Network Information Center database.
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
whois supports the following option:
-h use the specified host instead of the default NIC.
Look up user John Doe
The machine making the whois enquiry must be able to route the request
over the network to the specified host, or to the default NIC.
whois was developed by the University of California, Berkeley.
RFC 854: Nicname/Whois
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