Subject: bin/8938: whois program should be replaced with whois++ or equivalent
To: None <>
From: Erik E. Fair <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 12/03/1999 01:24:49
>Number:         8938
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       whois program should be replaced with whois++ or equivalent
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    bin-bug-people (Utility Bug People)
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Fri Dec  3 01:24:00 1999
>Originator:     Erik E. Fair
International Organization of Internet Clock Watchers
>Release:        1.4.1
System: NetBSD 1.3 NetBSD 1.3 (DIGITAL) #1: Mon May 25 14:16:49 PDT 1998 sparc

	The whois program queries by
	default. This single server does not return complete data
	from all the DNS registries.

	There was a project to replace the WHOIS protocol with
	WHOIS++ which could conduct distributed queries against
	multiple DNS registries (e.g.,
	to obtain a complete search for a given query, rather than
	force the user to issue multiple queries against different
	WHOIS servers for requested data. I don't know if this
	deployed or not.

	As an alternative, we could have an LDAP client that can
	do the same thing, since that seems to be the trendy
	directory protocol these days, despite its ASiNine protocol

	This all depends on what the different registries decide
	to implement to make their data available.

	The quicker we get this done, the quicker Network Solutions
	(a misnomer if there ever was one) will have their richly
	deserved fate befall them.