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.|
|--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 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 its 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.|
|-a --raw||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.
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.