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

Landon Stewart lstewart at
Wed May 4 19:40:30 UTC 2011

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
network:Tech-Contact:hostmaster at
network:Admin-Contact:hostmaster at
network:Updated-By:rwhois at

%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
Updated-By: rwhois at

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.

Landon Stewart <LStewart at SUPERB.NET>
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