jwhois(1)                                                            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 configu-
       ration 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 giv-
              ing 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

       -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 DIS-
              PLAY 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 -- -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)