[PLUG] Broken 'whois'; why?

Ryan Schlosser sloshr at gmail.com
Mon Sep 20 06:48:04 PDT 2004

On Mon, 20 Sep 2004 06:14:11 -0700 (PDT), Rich Shepard
<rshepard at appl-ecosys.com> wrote:
>    For years I've been using 'whois' to identify the domain name associated
> with a particular IP address. Now, on the newly-installed Slackware-10.0
> system, when I try to run an address using the standard form; e.g.:
>                      "whois at whois.ripe.net"
> the response is:
>               "No whois server is known for this kind of object.'
>    Google returns 17 hits for this string; most in Dutch or French and none
> tell me why I see this behavior. Where do I start looking for an answer so I
> can fix this?

Start by running "whois" and then seeing:

$ whois
usage: whois [-aAdgilmQrR6] [-c country-code | -h hostname] [-p port] name ...

and then trying

whois -h whois.ripe.net

and I believe you'll see the behavior you're expecting.

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