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Re: bin/39641: whois fails to find data for ovh.net
The following reply was made to PR bin/39641; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: mlelstv%serpens.de@localhost (Michael van Elst)
Subject: Re: bin/39641: whois fails to find data for ovh.net
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2018 16:25:17 -0000 (UTC)
>Subject: Re: bin/39641: whois fails to find data for ovh.net
> seems to work now, but I don't know why it would ever have failed.
whois(1) is a dumb client that just prints the answer from a whois server.
The only smartness is in guessing a suitable whois server for the query.
For domains the $TLD.whois-servers.net server is asked.
For this specific query, nothing has changed on the client side. The
difference is therefore only in the server answer.
Other whois clients made other guesses about the whois server and may also
try more than one server until they recognize an answer they like. These
heuristics however have never been perfect.
Michael van Elst
"A potential Snark may lurk in every tree."
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