Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: November 2001
jwhois - client for the whois service
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.
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 directly.
- -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 another.
- -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
- -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 whois.
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 matches.
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
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.