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NICNAME/WHOIS (RFC0812)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003861D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 5K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

K. Harrenstien: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

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Ken Harrenstien RFC-812

Vic White 1 March 1982

Network Information Center

SRI International

NICNAME/WHOIS

INTRODUCTION

The NICNAME/WHOIS Server is an NCP/TCP transaction based

query/response server, running on the SRI-NIC machine, that

provides netwide directory service to ARPANET users. It is

one of a series of ARPANET/Internet name services maintained

by the Network Information Center (NIC) at SRI International

on behalf of the Defense Communications Agency (DCA). The

server is accessible across the ARPANET from user programs

running on local hosts, and it delivers the full name, U.S.

mailing address, telephone number, and network mailbox for

ARPANET users.

This server, together with the corresponding Identification

Data Base provides online directory look-up equivalent to the

ARPANET Directory. DCA strongly encourages network hosts to

provide their users with access to this network service.

WHO SHOULD BE IN THE DATA BASE

DCA requests that each individual with a directory on an

ARPANET host, who is capable of passing traffic across the

ARPANET, be registered in the NIC Identification Data Base.

To register, send full name, middle initial, U.S. mailing

address (including mail stop and full explanation of

abbreviations and acronyms), ZIP code, telephone (including

Autovon and FTS, if available), and one network mailbox, via

electronic mail to NIC@SRI-NIC.

PROTOCOL

The NICNAME protocol is similar to the NAME/FINGER protocol

(RFC 742). To access the server:

Connect to the service host (SRI-NIC)

TCP: service port 43 decimal

NCP: ICP to socket 43 decimal, establishing two 8-bit

connections

Send a single "command line", ending with .

Receive information in response to the command line. The

server closes its connections as soon as the output is

finished.

RFC 812 1 March 1982

NICNAME/WHOIS

EXISTING USER PROGRAMS

NICNAME has been chosen as the global name for the user

program, although some sites may choose to use the more

familiar name of "WHOIS". There are versions of NICNAME for

Tenex, Tops-20, and Unix. The Tenex and Tops-20 programs are

written in assembly language (FAIL/MACRO), and the Unix

version is written in C. They are easy to invoke, taking one

argument which is passed directly to the NICNAME server at

SRI-NIC. Normally it is best to use the NIC-suppli...