Whois

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A whois is a command which is used to find out some basic information about an IRC user who is currently on the network. For information about users who have recently quit, you can use whowas instead. The information shown in the whois is the following:

  • Their [email protected] mask
  • Any non-secret channels the user is present in
  • The server they are connected to
  • Their NickServ login, if logged into services
  • Their idle time, if their nickname was specified twice
  • Their connect time, if their nickname was specified twice

IRC Operators issuing a whois command get the following additional information:

  • The IP address of the user
  • Any secret channels the user is present in
  • Any user modes set on the user

To issue a whois on nick1, use this command:

/whois nick1

To issue a whois that will return the idle and connect times of nick1, use this command instead:

/whois nick1 nick1

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