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Re: whois breakage
From: Omachonu Ogali <missnglnk () vdi net>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 12:58:23 -0400

Not necessarily breakage, but I would assume it's a problem (or feature)
in someone's regular expression matching patterns, since it looks for
entry that contains the specified string if it doesn't end in
in other words, "it's the result of a 'loose grep'". And if you're using
anything automated based off of results from whois.internic.net, then
should be checking for multiple entries, i.e. domains that use their
domain name as a nameserver resulting in 2 entries, (example:
if you're heavily affected by this, then it's time to take a closer look
at your code.

Joshua Goodall wrote:

$ whois -h whois.internic.net microsoft.com

Whois Server Version 1.3

Domain names in the .com, .net, and .org domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.


Enough said. Similar for apple.com. The web-based whois client at
nsiregistry.com is giving correct results, as are the gtld-servers, as
does -h networksolutions.com

FreeBSD and at least one release of Linux I've tested query
whois.internic.net by default. If anyone is using automated whois in
production (very likely), check your results!


Virtual Development Incorporated                       
Omachonu Ogali                                          
missnglnk () vdi net
Network Engineer                                            (973)

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