InterNIC "whois server <handle>" broke?

Phil Howard phil at
Fri Dec 18 19:31:16 UTC 1998

> Has anyone else noted that "whois server <handle>" no longer seems
> to be working at the InterNIC?

Indeed it is more broken now than before.  Before, it would truncate
the list, making its usefullness very limited (if you are trying to
clear off all uses of a host, you have to do a few at a time, wait,
and query again ... could take a long time).  Now it seems to be
just plain dead.  Maybe they are doing this as a measure to reduce
harvesting for domain names?  I would support it if that is the case.
But a means still needs to exist for the authorized contact for a
host to be able to get the full server list that Internic has for
that host.  Sending the list by e-mail to the contact of record would
seem to me to be the best way to do it.

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