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Introduction to jwhois

JWHOIS is an Internet Whois client that contains an extensible configuration file which defines its operation. The client supports queries to foreign hosts either through the RFC 954 - NICNAME/WHOIS protocol, the RFC 2167 - Referral Whois 1.5 protocol, or HTTP using an external browser.

Upon execution, JWHOIS searches through the its configuration to find the most specific whois server to query. Depending upon the reply from that whois server, JWHOIS can assume the query was successfull and display the result to the user, or optionally redirect the query to another server to find more specific information.

Downloading jwhois

jwhois can be found on in the subdirectory /gnu/jwhois/ on your favorite GNU mirror.


jwhois documentation can be found at http://www.gnu.org/software/jwhois/manual/

Request an Enhancement

If you would like any new feature to be included in future versions of jwhois, please send a request to <help-jwhois@gnu.org>

Please remember that development of jwhois is a volunteer effort, and you can also contribute to its development. For information about contributing to the GNU Project, please read How to help GNU.

Report a Bug

If you think you have found a bug in jwhois, then you should send as complete a report as possible to <bug-jwhois@gnu.org>. Ideally, you should include the text you get by running config.guess, and the text you get by running configure, and if you can, a patch made with diff -u5 which fixes the problem.


jwhois is currently being maintained by Jonas Oberg <jonas@gnu.org>.

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Updated: 28 Dec 1999 jonas