directory service for looking up names of people on a remote server.
Many servers respond to TCP
queries on port
43, in a manner roughly analogous to the DDN NIC
whois service described in RFC
Other sites provide this directory service via the finger protocol
or accept queries by electronic mail
for directory information.
the client command is
whois -h server_name person_name
You can also type "telnet server_name 43" and then type the person's name on a separate line.
For a list of whois servers, FTP/Gopher: sipb.mit.edu.
whois -h sipb.mit.edu whois-servers
As the above command demonstrates, whois can find information about things other than users, e.g. domains, networks and hosts.
See also finger
, white pages