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Re: 'whois' no longer following referrals ?




On 2017-08-24 04:46, Jay Libove wrote:
> Once upon a time, the UNIX/cygwin ‘whois’ program would follow referrals.
> So, you could ask, for nearly any domain, ‘whois name.domain’ and whois would
> first find out which whois server could answer the question, and then would
> query that whois server and get the answer.
> Lately (months? more?), it doesn’t do this anymore ☹
> Example below.
> There’s even an option (still) in whois to NOT follow referrals ("-r turn
> off recursive look-ups for contact information").
> Now, we need to manually run a second whois, using the -h HOST option, 
> supplying it the output of the initial whois command's "Registrar WHOIS
> Server" field.

That was the problem - it used to be just "Whois Server".

> Is this Just The way It Is now? Or is there an option I'm missing - or a 
> replacement whois program - which still does the recursion automatically?
> (I'm on Windows 10 64-bit, "Creators" update, with Cygwin installer 2.881 
> 64-bit, whois package version 5.2.10-1).

Verisign/Network Solutions format change - fixed a month ago - package needs
updated from 5.2.10 (2 years old) to 5.2.18:
https://github.com/rfc1036/whois/issues/54

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