Subject: Re: Whois was annoying me...
To: None <>
From: Chuck Yerkes <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/20/2003 14:31:21
Well, the "pull down a package" because the one that comes
with the OS doesn't work right seems very much the Wrong
Answer.  I'll accept it for somethings (I use sendmail 8.12,
bind 9, etc), but for a basic 1 file utility it's just silly.

Using one from the "core" of another BSD flavor that has an
acceptable license make me feel lots better than grabbing
GNU tools that do the same thing.

Patches will come...

Quoting Jasper Wallace (
> On Fri, 17 Jan 2003, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> > On Sat, 18 Jan 2003, Chuck Yerkes wrote:
> >
> > > the sake of it (biting sarcasm), any danger in just sucking
> > > the OpenBSD whois into NetBSD and saving the effort?
> >
> > I haven't looked at it closely, but sounds good to me.
> >
> > You can also try pkgsrc/net/md-whois (and probably others in pkgsrc) too.
> I use jwhois, it works fine.
> Can we be sure that which ever whois gets included knows about RIPE,
> APNIC and the cctld's, some of the newer whois's work ok for
> com/net/org but not other tld's, and just refer all ip address queries to
> ARIN, which is less than helpful.
> jwhois supports most things, including oddities like