whois weirdness...

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at toybox.placo.com
Tue Oct 24 05:37:10 UTC 2006

This is a side effect of the "balkiization" or more accurately, destruction,
of the
global whois database as a result of the fragmentation of domain name

Registries are required to share whois data - but the requirements are
vague.  And
all the registries hate each other because they think that all the others
are going to suck down
their whois databases and use them for mass-mailings to try to steal
customers.  So
they bend over backwards to violate the spirit of whois data sharing if not
the letter
of the requirements.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Evren Yurtesen" <yurtesen at ispro.net>
To: <questions at freebsd.org>
Sent: Monday, October 23, 2006 12:33 PM
Subject: whois weirdness...

> Hello,
> When I do whois from my FreeBSD 6-stable boxes I am receiving funny
> For example when I do whois microsoft.com I get totally unrelated data.
> whois works just as expected from some linux boxes I tried.
> Can anybody explain why this is happening?
> Thanks,
> Evren
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