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Re: Correct inclusion of rwhois info in WHOIS server output?

  • From: Bruce Campbell
  • Date: Thu Sep 08 06:53:48 2005

On Thu, 8 Sep 2005 wrote:

There is the whois format used by all the other RIRs which is,
I believe, based on RPSL. RIPE even makes their server freely
available.  Assuming that there is some kind of database behind
SWIP and whois, it should not be that difficult for ARIN to
switch to using the RIPE format for displaying answers to
whois queries.
There is a long and occasionally sordid tale behind the history of various WHOIS server output formats. However, for ARIN's server specifically, assuming you want to change anything, you want to be making comments on ARIN's dbwg mailing list; see .

But in brief, RIPE NCC started up, developed their own. APNIC started up, lacked resources, used the RIPE NCC-developed server. ARIN started up some years later, inherited NSI's server + database, and kept on using it. LACNIC started up, and modified the .BR registry's WHOIS server to provide RPSL-like output. AFRINIC started up, and used the RIPE NCC-developed server. No-one was really interested in rwhois for ages ;)

Bruce Campbell

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