whois - Internet username directory service
whois [-h server] name...
command looks up user, host, and organization
names in the Network Information Center (NIC) database.
server other than the
The name argument can specify the following: The name of a registered user The name of a registered Internet host The name of some other entity recognized by the whois server By default, the whois command queries the host rs.internic.net.
The operands specified to the
concatenated together (separated by white-space) and presented to the
the server. The default action, unless directed otherwise
with a special
is to do a very broad search,
looking for matches to
in all types of records
and most fields (such as name, nicknames, host name, and network address)
in the database. For more information as to what
operands have special meaning, and how to guide the search, use the special
To display the NIC database entry for the organization osf.org, enter: whois osf.org Open Software Foundation (OSF-DOM) 11 Cambridge Center Cambridge, MAS 02142
Domain Name: OSF.ORG . . .
DARPA Internet Request for Comment: NICKNAME/WHOIS (RFC 812)