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Bug 15221

Summary: whois is not very useful
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Per Steinar Iversen <persteinar.iversen>
Component: whoisAssignee: Nalin Dahyabhai <nalin>
Severity: medium Docs Contact:
Priority: medium    
Version: 8.0CC: hugo, shishz, twaugh, vader
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Hardware: i386   
OS: Linux   
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Last Closed: 2004-09-27 21:41:09 UTC Type: ---
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Description Per Steinar Iversen 2000-08-03 11:45:17 UTC
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 for example with the standard
whois client and then with this one...

Comment 1 Nalin Dahyabhai 2000-08-04 06:12:56 UTC
The whois client does follow referrals, but none are given by the default whois

Comment 2 Tim Waugh 2000-09-26 11:46:46 UTC
How do other whois clients 'just work' then?  For example, 'whois'
on FreeBSD 'just works' (it uses

Comment 3 Need Real Name 2002-12-07 06:14:26 UTC
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 2002-12-15 00:38:35 UTC
The BSD one knows how to parse all the crap. We should update to it

Comment 5 Hugo van der Kooij 2002-12-22 20:56:03 UTC
You can find better whois clients packaged and all on:

Comment 6 Rik van Riel 2004-09-27 21:41:09 UTC
We've been shipping jwhois for quite a while now.  Time to close this
bug. ;)