jwhois(1)                   General Commands Manual                  jwhois(1)

       jwhois - client for the whois service

       jwhois  [ OPTIONS ]...  [ QUERY ]

       jwhois searches Whois servers for the object on the command line.

       The host to query is taken from a global configuration file, a
       configuration file specified on the command line, or selected directly
       on the command line.

              display version, authors and licensing information.

       --help display a short help text.

       -c FILE --config=FILE
              uses FILE as a configuration file instead of the default.

       -h HOST --host=HOST
              overrides any hosts in the configuration file and queries HOST

       -p PORT --port=PORT
              specifies a port number to use when querying a HOST.

       -f --force-lookup
              forces a query to be made to a host even if a current object is
              available from the cache.

       -v --verbose
              outputs verbose debugging information while running (use this
              before sending a bugreport to ensure that it's indeed a bug and
              not a misconfiguration). You can increase the verbosity by
              giving several verbose commands to jwhois, such as -vv.

       -n --no-redirect
              disable features that redirect queries from one server to

       -s --no-whoisservers
              disable the built-in support for whois-servers.net.

       -a --raw
              send query verbatim to receiving hosts instead of rewriting them
              according to the configuration.

       -i --display-redirections
              display every step in a redirection (default is to display only
              the last answer).

       -d --disable-cache
              completely disable both reading and writing to cache.

       -r --rwhois
              force the query to use the rwhois protocoll instead of HTTP or

              asks receiving rwhois servers to display the results in the
              DISPLAY display instead of the default dump display.

              asks receiving rwhois servers to limit their responses to LIMIT

       To use the options specified in RIPE Document 157, you need to change
       the format of the query slightly.  If you were to search for all
       entries in the RIPE database which lists the admin-c, tech-c or zone-c
       as CO19-RIPE, you could use the following command syntax:

       jwhois -h whois.ripe.net -- -i admin-c,tech-c,zone-c CO19-RIPE

       -- is used to separate the RIPE options from the jwhois options.


GNU                              November 2001                       jwhois(1)