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RootPrompt.org: Improving whois

Aug 12, 2000, 14:38 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Noel)

[ Thanks to Noel for this link. ]

"In 1999 the domain name system started distributing the whois information among the different domain-registrars. This caused a change in how the whois command is used. Instead of using the command to retrieve the registration information for a domain in one step two are now required. The first to retrieve who the domain-registrar is and then a second to retrieve the whois information from the domain-registrar."

"I am going to review three tools wi, whois, and awhois which solve this problem with whois. I tested each of the tools under Solaris 2.7 and RedHat Linux."

"The most robust and feature rich whois replacement is the improved whois client written by Marco d'Itri and is the one that I would recommend. For those that must use perl or need something tiny and already have perl wi would be a good choice. If you do not want to replace the whois command and are not using a system that uses fwhois awhois.sh could be for you. Other than awhois.sh's not working with fwhois they all did the job they were designed to do."

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