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Architecture of the WHOIS++ service (RFC1835)

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Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 32 page(s) / 74K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

P. Deutsch: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This document describes WHOIS++, an extension to the trivial WHOIS service described in RFC 954 to permit WHOIS-like servers to make available more structured information to the Internet. We describe an extension to the simple WHOIS data model and query protocol and a companion extensible, distributed indexing service. A number of options have also been added such as the use of multiple languages and character sets, more advanced search expressions, structured data and a number of other useful features. An optional authentication mechanism for protecting all or part of the associated WHOIS++ information database from unauthorized access is also described.

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Network Working Group P. Deutsch

Request for Comments: 1835 BUNYIP INFORMATION SYSTEMS, Inc.

Category: Standards Track R. Schoultz

KTHNOC

P. Faltstrom

BUNYIP INFORMATION SYSTEMS, Inc.

C. Weider

BUNYIP INFORMATION SYSTEMS, Inc.

August 1995

Architecture of the WHOIS++ service

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This document describes WHOIS++, an extension to the trivial WHOIS

service described in RFC 954 to permit WHOIS-like servers to make

available more structured information to the Internet. We describe

an extension to the simple WHOIS data model and query protocol and a

companion extensible, distributed indexing service. A number of

options have also been added such as the use of multiple languages

and character sets, more advanced search expressions, structured data

and a number of other useful features. An optional authentication

mechanism for protecting all or part of the associated WHOIS++

information database from unauthorized access is also described.

Table of Contents

Part I - WHOIS++ Overview ................................. 3

1.1. Purpose and Motivation .............................. 3

1.2. Basic Information Model ............................. 4

1.2.1. Changes to the current WHOIS Model ................ 5

1.2.2. Registering WHOIS++ servers ....................... 5

1.2.3. The WHOIS++ Search Selection Mechanism ............ 7

1.2.4. The WHOIS++ Architecture .......................... 7

1.3. Indexing in WHOIS++ ................................. 8

1.4. Getting Help ........................................ 9

1.4.1. Minimum HELP Required ............................. 9

1.5. Options and Constraints ............................. 10

1.6. Formatting Responses ................................ 10

1.7. Reporting Warnings and Errors ....................... 11

1.8. Privacy and Security Issues ..............