In article <Pine.BSD/.3.91.980909153738.7931A@crispy.iconn.net> you write:
According to David Holtzman of NSI (i asked him), the restrictions on
are merely for technical reasons. I believe that he believes this, and
from his point of view they have every right to filter/limit obnoxious or
badly configured hosts/sites.
I have a call to arms. If we could get orginizations to
mirror the whois data, and provide full, public access to it
(via the current whois database) we could remove some of the
dependency on NSI. After all, they don't run the only root, lots
of other people run them as well...why should they run the only
As far as I know, the rwhois interface
is more oriented toward the approach
that you propose. You can walk the rwhois
protocol thru a query or two via a simple
telnet interface. The network of rwhois
servers transfer complete zones. I think
the original idea was to make it more like
the DNS, only with contact information. Here
is a random query about dimension.net. Note
the minus sign to indicate commands. The
"-holdconnect on" command keeps the link
open for multiple queries. It does not take a
rocket scientist to figure out from the rwhois
protocol how to transfer a large number of
entries. Note, there are 5,532,210 "objects".
$ telnet rwhois.internic.net 4321
Connected to root.rwhois.net.
Escape character is '^]'.
%rwhois V-1.5:003eff:00 root.rwhois.net (by Network Solutions, Inc.
domain:Street-Address:1039 Sterling Rd, Suite 201
contact:Street-Address:1039 Sterling Rd, Suite 201
Unir Corporation - http://www.unir.com