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.
forces a query to be made to a host even if a current object is available from the cache.
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.
disable features that redirect queries from one server to another.
disable the built-in support for whois-servers.net.
send query verbatim to receiving hosts instead of rewriting them according to the configuration.
display every step in a redirection (default is to display only the last answer).
completely disable both reading and writing to cache.
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.