[Mimedefang] Whois for Microsoft?

David F. Skoll dfs at roaringpenguin.com
Tue Dec 9 11:01:18 EST 2008

Joseph Brennan wrote:

> You'd think a whois client would right-anchor the search string,
> so that searches for microsoft.com would not display names in other
> domains like beyondwhois.com.  But I see the whois command both on
> Solaris and OS X works the same way.  It's tradition now.

AFAIK, the client just contacts the WHOIS server and submits the
query.  It's completely up to the server what data gets sent back, and
the client just echoes the result without interpreting it.

You can try it yourself:  Telnet on port 43 to whois.wildwestdomains.com
and enter "roaringpenguin.com"



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