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rdict - a DICT protocol client
rdict [-h|--host server] [-p|--port service] [-d|--database dbname] [-m|--match] [-s|--strategy strategy] [-C|--nocorrect] [-D|--dbs] [-S|--strats] [-H|--serverhelp] [-i|--info dbname] [-I|--serverinfo] [-T|--status] [-b|--debug] [-u|--user user] [-k|--key key] [-v|--verbose] word rdict [--help|-v|--version]
rdict is an RFC 2229 compliant Dictionary Server Protocol (DICT) client that provides access to dictionary definitions from a set of natural language dictionary databases.
Specifies the hostname for the DICT server. If no servers are specified, the default behavior is to try dict.org, followed by alt0.dict.org.
Specifies the port (e.g. 2628) or service (e.g. dict) for connections. The default is 2628, as specified in the DICT Protocol RFC.
Specifies a specific database to search. The default is to search all databases (a '*' from the DICT protocol). Note that a '!' in the DICT protocol means to search all of the databases until a match is found, and then stop searching.
Instead of printing a definition, perform a match using the specified strategy.
Specify a matching strategy. By default, the server default match strategy is used. This is usually 'exact' for definitions, and a server-defined optimal spelling correction strategy for matches ('.' from the DICT protocol). The available strategies are dependent on the server implemenation. For a list of available strategies, see the -S or --strats option.
Usually, if a definition is requested and the word cannot be found, spelling correction is requested from the server, and a list of possible words are provided. This option disables the generation of this list.
Query the server and display a list of available databases.
Query the server and display a list of available search strategies.
Query the server and display the help information that it provides.
Request information on the specified database (usually the server will provide origination, descriptive or other information about the database or its contents).
Query the server and display information about the server.
Query the server for status information.
Specifies the username for authentication.
Specifies the shared secret for authentication.
Display version information.
Display help information.
Display debugging information. This is long-winded, as the entire protocol exchange will be dumped.
This will provide you with a list of databases you can query.
This will provide you with a list of strategies you can employ to match words.
This shows you a list of all words that begin with 'foo' in all of the databases.
This shows you all the definitions relating to both 'curb' and 'kerb' from all the databases. The 're' strategy allows regular expression matching.
This shows a list of all words that end in 'fix' in all of the databases.
This displays a list of all the entries in the 'jargon' database.
Written by Ian Macdonald <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright (C) 2002 Ian Macdonald This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.