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n. (l mul whois) vb. (context Internet transitive English) To look up using a whois protocol.


WHOIS (pronounced as the phrase who is) is a query and response protocol that is widely used for querying databases that store the registered users or assignees of an Internet resource, such as a domain name, an IP address block, or an autonomous system, but is also used for a wider range of other information. The protocol stores and delivers database content in a human-readable format. The WHOIS protocol is documented in RFC 3912.

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However, this only works on computers that are running the whois service on port 43.

Actually this is a common problem, especially trying to use whois on distant computers.

And remember to use what you learned in this Guide about the IRC whois command so that you DON’T OP people unless you know who they are.

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