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Whois and Network Information Lookup Service, Whois++ (RFC1834)

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Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 6 page(s) / 13K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

J. Gargano: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

As currently defined, NICNAME/WHOIS [HARR85] service is a TCP transaction based query/response server, running on a few specific central machines, that provides netwide directory service to Internet users. The Network Information Center (NIC) maintains the central NICNAME database and server, defined in RFC 954, providing online look-up of individuals, network organizations, key host machines, and other information of interest to users of the Internet. The usefulness of this service has lead to the development of other distributed directory information servers and information retrieval tools and it is anticipated more will be created. Many sites now maintain local directory servers with information about individuals, departments and services at that specific site.

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Network Working Group J. Gargano

Request for Comments: 1834 K. Weiss

Category: Informational University of California, Davis

August 1995

Whois and Network Information Lookup Service

Whois++

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

I. Introduction

As currently defined, NICNAME/WHOIS [HARR85] service is a TCP

transaction based query/response server, running on a few specific

central machines, that provides netwide directory service to Internet

users. The Network Information Center (NIC) maintains the central

NICNAME database and server, defined in RFC 954, providing online

look-up of individuals, network organizations, key host machines, and

other information of interest to users of the Internet. The

usefulness of this service has lead to the development of other

distributed directory information servers and information retrieval

tools and it is anticipated more will be created. Many sites now

maintain local directory servers with information about individuals,

departments and services at that specific site.

Typically these directory servers are network accessible. Local

development of these services has resulted in wide variations in the

type of data stored, access methods, search schemes, and user

interfaces. The purpose of the Whois and Network Information Lookup

Service Working Group (WNILS) is to expand and define the standard

for WHOIS types of services, to resolve issues associated with the

variations in access and provide a consistent and predictable service

across the network. This memo describes new features for WHOIS to

meet these goals.

II. Architecture

The WHOIS service should be provided in a client/server model. There

are no restrictions on the design of the client, provided it is

capable of passing queries to the server in the proper format, and

capturing the server's response in some useful format. Existing

WHOIS specifications call for clients to display responses in human-

readable form. This more general proposal does not impose that

restriction.

This paper acknowledges the existence of many distributed information

servers, and anticipates the creation of many more. To help users

locate WHOIS servers, each server should have a nameserver entry in

the form "whois.domain", i.e. whois.inter...