Subject: Re: Suggested change to whois...
To: Peter Losher <>
From: gabriel rosenkoetter <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/02/2001 20:16:31
On Fri, Feb 02, 2001 at 02:50:33PM -0800, Peter Losher wrote:
> Would it be possible to have the whois program in NetBSD follow the SRS
> entry and query the relevant whois server?  I believe this used to happen
> a while ago,

Don't believe our whois has ever done that. But internic used to not
have such a braindead response to whois requests. This "improvement"
came with splitting out to multiple registrars.

> and has been the case in FreeBSD for some time.

Really? Neat.

Are they just using one of the (many) third-party whois packages, or
is this a modification of the RIPE version?

> Is there a particular reason why this is the case?

Well, since RIPE whois defaults to, which one
does have to contact in order to figure out which registrar's whois
server is responsible for the domain in question, it's not all bad.
It's just that the output from changed when they
and netsol became two separate entities.

I'd be all for having whois do some magic parsing for me, and it
should be really easy to do and send-pr, but I'm lazy and content
aliasing whois to whois -h ;^>

       ~ g r @