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 whois(1)							    whois(1)




 NAME
      whois - Internet user name directory service

 SYNOPSIS
      whois [-h hostname] name

 DESCRIPTION
      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
      ``help''.

    Options
      whois supports the following option:

	   -h	use the specified host instead of the default NIC.

 EXAMPLES
      Look up user John Doe

	   whois Doe,John

 DEPENDENCIES
      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.

 AUTHOR
      whois was developed by the University of California, Berkeley.

 SEE ALSO
      RFC 854: Nicname/Whois
















 Hewlett-Packard Company	    - 1 -   HP-UX Release 11i: November 2000