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Name

waissearch - Simple shell user interface for making WAIS requests

Synopsis

waissearch [-h host-machine] [-p [service-or-port]] [-d database] [-m max-results] word word...

Description

Part of the Wide Area Information Server system.

waissearch makes a WAIS request over TCP/IP.

Options

-h host-machine
Server machine name as a IP name. Defaults to local machine.
-p [ service-or-port ]
Use this port to communicate. If it is not supplied, then z39_50 is used from the services file.
-m max-results
Set the maximum number of results returned for a query. Default is 40.
-d database
The database to use in the query. By convention, many servers support the INFO database.
-v
Print the version number and date of this command.

Example

to query the directory of servers about tcp servers:

waissearch -h quake.think.com -d directory-of-servers \ -p 210 tcp
to ask what tcp databases are supported on a particular server:

waissearch -h quake.think.com -d INFO -p 210 tcp
to ask for information on a database:

waissearch -h quake.think.com -d directory-of-servers \ -p 210 help

See Also

waisserver(1) , waisindex(1) , waisq(1) , xwais(1) , xwaisq(1)

Wide Area Information Servers Concepts by Brewster Kahle.

Brewster@think.com

Diagnostics

The diagnostics produced by the waissearch are meant to be self-explanatory.

Bugs


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