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Referal extension to the Whois protocol

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual)
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Authors Mark Kosters , Patrik Fältström
Last updated 2000-05-02
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This document presents extensions to the Whois protocol output format which enables a possibility for the server to send referal information to the Whois client. This referal mechanism can be used for example in a situation with a registrar/registry model, where the registrars all have their own Whois databases, and together they serve a whole TLD. It can also be used when implementing a root-whois service on top of all whois servers in the world, and this way enable the possibility of creating advanced proxy services. For the latter, a registration procedure is also suggested, where Whois services can be registered. Discussion on this Internet-Draft is to be held on the mailing list, which is hosted by the Internet Mail Consortium. To subscribe, send an email to, with the text 'subscribe' as the only word in the body of the mail. There is an archive of the mailing list at <>.


Mark Kosters
Patrik Fältström

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