Bug 15221 - whois is not very useful
whois is not very useful
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: whois (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Nalin Dahyabhai
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Blocks: FC3BugWeekTracker
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Reported: 2000-08-03 07:45 EDT by Per Steinar Iversen
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:27 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-09-27 17:41:09 EDT
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Description Per Steinar Iversen 2000-08-03 07:45:17 EDT
The whois which has been used for a long time by RedHat is not
very useful any more, it does not understand the referrals now common.
It is also not very useful for domains outside the generic ones.

A very good replacement can be found:


Try to find the whois information for hio.no for example with the standard
whois client and then with this one...
Comment 1 Nalin Dahyabhai 2000-08-04 02:12:56 EDT
The whois client does follow referrals, but none are given by the default whois
Comment 2 Tim Waugh 2000-09-26 07:46:46 EDT
How do other whois clients 'just work' then?  For example, 'whois macworld.se'
on FreeBSD 'just works' (it uses whois.nic-se.se).
Comment 3 Need Real Name 2002-12-07 01:14:26 EST
See Bug ID 59872 which I filed in February, 2002.  
This is still a problem with Red Hat 8.0.  'whois' in its current state is  
Comment 4 Alan Cox 2002-12-14 19:38:35 EST
The BSD one knows how to parse all the crap. We should update to it
Comment 5 Hugo van der Kooij 2002-12-22 15:56:03 EST
You can find better whois clients packaged and all on:
Comment 6 Rik van Riel 2004-09-27 17:41:09 EDT
We've been shipping jwhois for quite a while now.  Time to close this
bug. ;)

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