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[Bug-jwhois] Bug#807316: jwhois: WHOIS vs RDAP or WhoisRWS

From: Alessandro Vesely
Subject: [Bug-jwhois] Bug#807316: jwhois: WHOIS vs RDAP or WhoisRWS
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2015 11:19:51 +0100

Package: jwhois
Version: 4.0-2.1
Severity: wishlist
Tags: upstream

Dear Maintainer,
I looked up an abuse address for and found
address@hidden  The mail bounced.  I thought I'd report invalid
WHOIS data, but instead report this.  Because ARIN's web page returned a valid,
different email address.  How come?

My guess is that nowadays they use WhoisRWS, which, as I understand it, is RDAP
using XML rather than JSON.  Apparently, they consider WHOIS so disused that
they don't bother removing a redirection pointing to an outdated WHOIS server
at websitewelcome.com.

This whishlist entry asks that jwhois makes RDAP queries and falls back to
WHOIS for legacy servers only, so as to make the transition smooth.
Alternatively, jwhois could stick to the WHOIS protocol; in this case an
outstanding warning should appear in its man page.

Thank you

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 8.2
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages jwhois depends on:
ii  adduser       3.113+nmu3
ii  dpkg          1.17.26
ii  install-info  5.2.0.dfsg.1-6
ii  libc6         2.19-18+deb8u1
ii  libgdbm3      1.8.3-13.1

Versions of packages jwhois recommends:
ii  lynx  2.8.9dev1-2+deb8u1

jwhois suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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