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TELNET wp1.psi.net login: fred Try "help" for a list of commands "whois" for information on how to find people "manual" for detailed documentation "report" to send a report to the white pages manager To find out about participating organizations, try "whois -org *" FRED(1C) USER COMMANDS FRED(1C) NAME fred - a white pages user interface (FRont-End to Dish) SYNOPSIS fred [options] [command arguments ...] whois arguments ... (as in "fred whois smith -org psi") DESCRIPTION The fred program is a front-end to the OSI Directory, and in particular the dish (1c) program. It is most useful as an interface to the white pages service. The fred program is meant to be similar to the WHOIS service familiar to most users of the network. There are some differences however. First, users in the white pages are uniquely identified by their distinguished name, e.g., "@c=US@o=Performance Systems International@cn=Manager" In contrast, users of the WHOIS service are uniquely identi- fied by their WHOIS handle, a brief key, e.g., "MTR". Since distinguished names are much longer than WHOIS handles, fred maintains a list of aliases during its execution. When an entry for something is retrieved, it is assigned a numeric alias for its name. Second, searches in the white pages are relative to an "area". The default area is set by your system administra- tor. It can be changed using the area command. Because the white pages are distributed, searches occurring at higher areas are more expensive in terms of time, networking resources, etc. Third, the white pages are highly structured. As such, you can potentially retrieve much more detailed information about an entry. Although the fred should prove useful for the majority of queries, it is purposefully limited in its searching capabilities. Users desiring a more powerful interface, should use dish (1c) directly. EXAMPLES The command syntax, while meant to be intuitive, is tedious. Here are a few simple examples: whois "smith" looks for any entries with this name in the default area (choice of matching on the entry's surname or fullname is based on the value of the `namesearch' variable).