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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: 2019-Feb-12
Document File: 41 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

P. Deutsch: AUTHOR [+3]

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC1835: DOI

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. [STANDARDS-TRACK]

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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

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RFC 1835 Architecture of the WHOIS++ service August 1995

1.7. Reporting Warnings and Errors ....................... 11 1.8. Privacy and Security Issues ......................... 11 Part II - WHOIS++ Implementation .......................... 12 2.1. The WHOIS++ interaction model ....................... 12 2.2. The WHOIS++ Command set ............................. 12 2.2.1. System Commands ................................... 13 2.2.1.1. The COMMANDS command ............................ 14 2.2.1.2. The CONSTRAINTS command ......................... 15 2.2.1.3. The DESCRIBE command ............................ 15 2.2.1.4. The HELP command ................................ 15 2.2.1.5. The LIST command ................................ 15 2.2.1.6. The POLLED-BY command ........................... 15 2.2.1.7. The POLLED-FOR command .......................... 16 2.2.1.8. The SHOW command ............

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