New on sourceware: Whois

Mark Bradshaw bradshaw@staff.crosswalk.com
Tue Dec 31 07:35:00 GMT 2002


The most recent version of GNU Whois (4.5.17) has been uploaded to
sourceware.

The whois client allows you to query a whois db (RFC-812).  Using whois you
can get information on a domain name (whois redhat.com), IP addresses (whois
1.2.3.4), and more.  This tool is commonly used to determine the owner of a
domain or block of addresses, as well as get their contact information.

You can also get partial matches.  See what happens when you ask for
microsoft.com (whois microsoft.com).


SOURCE
======
The latest stable version of GNU Whois can be found at:
http://www.gnu.org/directory/whois.html

The latest non-stable version can be found at:
http://www.linux.it/~md/software/


INSTALLATION
============
To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on the
http://cygwin.com/ web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your system.
Then, run setup and answer all of the questions.  To select the whois
package click on the "Net" category and click on the "skip" field until
4.5.17-1 is displayed.

Note that downloads aren't allowed from sources.redhat.com (aka cygwin.com)
due to bandwidth limitations.  This means that you will need to find a
mirror which has this update.

In the US,
ftp://mirrors.rcn.net/mirrors/sources.redhat.com/cygwin/
is a reliable high bandwidth connection.

In Germany,
ftp://ftp.uni-erlangen.de/pub/pc/gnuwin32/cygwin/mirrors/cygnus/ is
usually pretty good.

In the UK,
http://programming.ccp14.ac.uk/ftp-mirror/programming/cygwin/pub/cygwin/
is usually up-to-date within 48 hours.

If one of the above doesn't have the latest version of this package then you
can either wait for the site to be updated or find another mirror.

The setup.exe program will figure out what needs to be updated on your
system and will install newer packages automatically.

If you have questions or comments, please send them to the Cygwin mailing
list at: cygwin@cygwin.com .  I would appreciate it if you would use this
mailing list rather than emailing me directly.  This includes
ideas and comments about the setup utility or Cygwin in general.

If you want to make a point or ask a question, the Cygwin mailing list is
the appropriate place.



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