Contact handles disappearing mysteriously from the whois database!

Mark Kosters markk at
Tue Apr 27 18:55:24 UTC 1999

Two things have occured over the past week that have lead to changes
in whois.

First, there is a bug in the whois generation code that generates the 
indexes that whois uses. The information is still correct in the database
that whois is generated from. The fix is in QA now and should be in operations

Second, in the advent of the registry coming operational to other
testbed registrars, we cleaned up a number of hosts that where orphaned
(parent domain of the nameserver did not exist). Thus, if you had
an orphaned host listed as a nameserver, it has been removed as a 
nameserver to the domain.


On Mon, Apr 26, 1999 at 02:03:09PM -0700, Derrick Bennett wrote:
> Seeing as how my main technical contact was completly missing from Internic
> I called them.
> I was told by their helpdesk that Whois is being updated and will be
> unreliable and/or useless 
> until sometime next week after May 1.
> I was told that their database is fine and that all the information is there
> and I should just 
> trust them that all would be okay.
> They did not have an answer as to why they did not announce this before hand
> or gave warning as to the length of the outage.
> Also I must note that I had to go to to find their phone
> number as they seemed to have removed it completely from their new website
> and the "about" portion of their site is forwarded to a black hole.
> just my .02 and frustration.
> Derrick Bennett


Mark Kosters     markk at      InterNIC Registration Services
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