WHOIS(1) General Commands Manual WHOIS(1)
whois - TCP/IP Internet user name directory service
whois [ -h host ] identifier
whois searches for an TCP/IP directory entry for an identifier which is
either a name (such as "Smith") or a handle (such as "SRI-NIC"). You
can force a name-only search by preceding the name with a period; you
can force a handle-only search by preceding the handle with an exclama-
tion point. See EXAMPLES.
If you are searching for a group or organization entry, you can have
the entire membership list of the group displayed with the record by
preceding the argument with `*' (an asterisk).
You may of course use an exclamation point and asterisk, or a period
and asterisk together.
example% whois Smith
looks for name or handle SMITH.
example% whois \!SRI-NIC
looks for handle SRI-NIC only.
example% whois '.Smith, John'
looks for name ``John Smith'' only.
Adding `...' to the name or handle argument will match anything from
that point; that is, `ZU...' will match ZUL, ZUM, etc.
9 September 1987 WHOIS(1)