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Re: [SLUG] WHOIS..server.
Back when I was working for a DNS company ( who shall remain nameless ) I
had to look into this.
Since there are very few whois servers at all in the world, there is no real
whois server you can get
While I never wrote a whois server ( we just did the web version, not the
real one ), I did have to write a whois client ( in Perl ) from scratch, and
I can tell you that the whois protocol is EXTREMLY trivial to implement.
Really! My guess at the time was that the number of people who needed a
whois server was so small, and their needs so specialised, that they
probably wrote their own. I implemented the whois client in about 20 lines
of Perl, and I imagine you could do a pretty decent job ( subject to load
requirements ) of implementing the server in a hundred or so.
Of course I still don't recommend Perl for heavily loaded servers, but
unless you work for someone pretty big ( bigger than rams :) ), I doubt you
need it to stand up to a huge load.
Rip the pre-forking server example out of the Perl Cookbook, and whack a
little protocol stuff, and maybe a SQL call in, and Bob's your second
Let me know if you need more details
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Barnes" <Chris_Barnes@nospam.rams.com.au>
To: "SLUG (E-mail)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2001 5:32 PM
Subject: [SLUG] WHOIS..server.
> Does anyone know where i can get a whois server for linux (if there is
> a thing). I've looked on Freshmeat.net but i've had no luck. Any other
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