Subject: bin/8938: whois program should be replaced with whois++ or equivalent
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Erik E. Fair <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/03/1999 01:24:49
>Synopsis: whois program should be replaced with whois++ or equivalent
>Responsible: bin-bug-people (Utility Bug People)
>Arrival-Date: Fri Dec 3 01:24:00 1999
>Originator: Erik E. Fair
International Organization of Internet Clock Watchers
System: NetBSD digital.clock.org 1.3 NetBSD 1.3 (DIGITAL) #1: Mon May 25 14:16:49 PDT 1998 email@example.com:/usr/src/sys/arch/sparc/compile/DIGITAL sparc
The whois program queries whois.networksolutions.com 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. whois.nic.ddn.mil, whois.ripe.net)
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.