finding whois servers, was .pro whois registry down?

Royce Williams royce at
Thu Mar 10 16:07:18 UTC 2016

On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 6:57 AM, John R. Levine <johnl at> wrote:
>>> I've set up <domain> (that's ws for Whois Server) which is
>>> updated every day from a variety of sources so it's pretty accurate.
>>> It's had the right server for all along.
>> Hey, that's fantastic!
>> Feature request: could you provide a human- and machine-readable one-stop
>> extract at the top-level page ( ?
> I can make a web page, but not sure what you mean by one-stop extract.  If you mean a proxy that will do the whois lookups, no, because it'd get abused and I'd get rate limited.

Definitely not a proxy request - I know exactly what that would mean.

The goal would be to provide a unified list of the servers for each
TLD, to help people who cannot change their whois client for
administrative/political/inertia reasons, but have control over their
whois.conf, a la:

So in an ideal world:

- a top-level landing page that would explain briefly what it's for, and

- a link from that top-level page to the whole list, in regex-aware,
whois.conf-compatible format


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