Subject: Re: Whois vs. networksolutions
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: John Hawkinson <jhawk@MIT.EDU>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 09/19/2000 15:22:16
In message <>, Todd Vierling writ

>The prior server, is not "standard" either.

Eek. That's definitely far worse than the other two options.

>In case you missed it, domain names were deregulated a while ago.  Netsol
>doesn't "own" the ./.COM/.ORG/.NET registry anymore, even if they currently
>host the root name server database.  ICANN now controls the flow of that
>information.  However, ICANN offers only rwhois service, so a regular whois
>client, which does not understand the rwhois protocol, won't be able to do
>anything useful with it.

Right, I understand that.

>If we want a "standard" whois server, until such time that our whois is a
>bit smarter, it must be, with no exceptions.  We cannot
>use in that case either.  The drawback here is
>that provides no way to recurse to the appropriate whois
>server automatically.

I understand that too. I think we should go back to that, but either way, is not tenable...

Perhaps we should ship an rwhois client?

>Blame Erik Fair for starting it, if you wish:  he changed it from
> to before the 1.5 branch.
>(Cynical grin notwithstanding.  8^)