Rwhois not serving all records - it is almost working though.

Hello NANOG,

I sent this information to the rwhoisd mailing list originally but I've been
informed that the mailing list is mostly dead now. I hope this is not too
far off-topic for NANOG. One person replied to me off-list from the rwhois
mailing list and had some help but I haven't found a solution yet.
Scrapping our entire rwhois implementation and starting from scratch would
be a shame since I don't have that many free cycles these days. If anyone
has any info or can offer some information/help that'd be super duper

Someone else installed this copy of rwhoisd and then that service was moved
to a new server. The rwhois server we maintain is on port
4321. All of this used to work until the rwhois service and its directories
were moved to a new server a few months ago. It hasn't worked quite right
since then. I'm really not sure how it all works - I'm jumping into the
middle of this since the person who set it up isn't around any more. I've
checked for things as simple as permissions and file formatting but I can't
find any problems.

Anyway - The data files are exported from our customer database and look
OK. By "OK" I mean they are getting exported, I'm not sure if there's a
formatting issue or not. The files are generated regularly on another
server that hasn't had any changes made to it so they should, in theory, be

For this example I'll use as the IP address in question. This
is our address.

When doing a lookup I see the following which is incomplete. Actually I'd
like it to not display this at all personally. I'd like the customer
information to be displayed instead but multiple records is fine (ours for
the netblock and theirs for their allocation). See below for more
information about the data files.

# whois
[Redirected to]
%rwhois V-1.5:003fff:00 (by Network Solutions, Inc.
network:Network-Name:Superb Internet Corporation

%referral rwhois://

The data files for this are in a directory called
/usr/local/rwhoisd/net- The directory looks like this:
# pwd
# ls -la
total 40
drwxr-xr-x 3 www wheel 4096 Mar 17 00:03 .
drwxr-xr-x 26 rwhois rwhois 4096 Mar 17 00:03 ..
drwxr-xr-x 3 www wheel 4096 Mar 17 00:05 data
-rw-r--r-- 1 www wheel 125 Mar 17 00:03 schema
-rw-r--r-- 1 www wheel 181 Mar 17 00:03 soa

When changing into /usr/local/rwhoisd/net- I see
the data file that contains the information that should be served which is:
# cat 1230-bakertrg.txt
ID: 1230.
Network-Name: bakertrg
Organization: Baker_TRG__Inc.
IP-Used: 1
Created: 20050124
Updated: 20110317

The local.db file at
/usr/local/rwhoisd/net- contains the
following for this which I assume is correct

Does anyone on this list have any idea why this data is not being served as
expected through rwhois anymore? Some ideas on what to check would be
helpful. I'd like to avoid resetting this up from scratch if there's an
easy fix somewhere since it seems like its *almost* working.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I appreciate any help anyone can
suggest on or off list.


  By no means an expert in rwhoisd, but my net directory has the

atrribute_defs directory
data directory
schema file
soa file

and the DATA directory contains the following:

network directory
org directory
referral directory

From what you describe it sounds like things might not be in the
right places for rwhoisd to find them (but depends upon how heavily
your copy has been modified also)...

I sent this information to the rwhoisd mailing list originally but I've
been informed that the mailing list is mostly dead now.

This is normal.

rwhoisd is very old software that has had no development attention for
many, many years.
Years ago I gave up trying to figure out why it would not serve all
the records in the database because ARIN was quite happy to take
database dumps of the data in other formats when applying for
additional blocks.

These days it is probably smarter to put your effort into putting all
your data into ARIN's whois directory database and use the new RESTful
interface to do it.

As long as you are only submitting adds, changes and deletes, this
should work fine.