Internal whois server

Kevin Darcy kcd at
Wed Aug 12 16:46:14 UTC 2009

Jonathan Petersson wrote:
> Hi all,
> This is probably somewhat of an un-legit way of using whois but I'm
> curious as to whether it would be possible to install an internal
> whois server that responds with the appropriate prefix-data upon
> request for internal ip-numbers/domains while forwarding unknown
> requests to external whois servers.
> Has anyone done a similar implementation or know what kind of software
> that could be used to obtain this?
Since you're talking about referrals, you might want to look at rwhois 
rather than classic whois (see I 
don't have firsthand experience with rwhois, but it looks closer to what 
you're seeking.

If your clients aren't capable of talking rwhois, then there might be 
some sort of whois<->rwhois gateway, or perhaps one could be developed.

In any case, this isn't really related to BIND or DNS, as pointed out 
previously. The idea of encoding network administration data into DNS 
pretty much died with RFC 1101.

- Kevin

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