Is the InterNIC really screwed in the head?

Bill Bradford mrbill at
Sun Mar 9 21:42:06 UTC 1997

On Sun, 9 Mar 1997, Ehud Gavron wrote:
> RFC954 specifies WHOIS.  Client requests, server sends.  Simple, really.
> $ whois opus4-hst
> ....
> Would you like to see registered users of this host?
> 	WHAT???  My whois client is supposed to search for this string
> 	and then do interactive input???  HuH??
> $ whois pa aces
> (shows a handful of entries)
> There are 96 more matches.... would you like these displayed?
> 	EH?
> 	Anyone else think this is not only a gross violation of an RFC,
> 	does a disservice to millions of WHOIS-using users out there, and
> 	the final leg of the dissolution of the world?
> 	Ehud

I think your WHOIS may be messed up:

(mrbill) staff1:~$ whois opus4-hst
[No name] (OPUS4-HST)

   Hostname: NS.OPUS1.COM
   System: VAX running VMS

   Domain Server

   Record last updated on 13-Feb-94.

To see this host record with registered users, repeat the command with
a star ('*') before the name; or, use '%' to show JUST the registered users.

The InterNIC Registration Services Host contains ONLY Internet Information
(Networks, ASN's, Domains, and POC's).
Please use the whois server at for MILNET Information.

Bill Bradford (BB2623)			Systems Admin, UNIX geek, BOFH
mrbill at * mrbill at	Texas Networking, Inc.
"Un-altered REPRODUCTION and DISSEMINATION of this IMPORTANT Information 
                                             -- Robert E. McElwaine

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