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InterNIC Whois Tool

An InterNIC Whois database query tool will help your customers in selecting a domain name by allowing you to look up common top-level (.com, .net, .org) domains. If you need to perform a more thorough search, please see our Domain Availability Tool. A small form and simple CGI can be designed to facilitate such a task. The query form and CGI source are presented in two sections below.

HTML Source for the Whois query form
The HTML source below represents a simple query form. This form can be customized for your Virtual Server by adding graphics, changing text, and adding other personal touches.
    <html>
    <head>
    <title>InterNIC Database Query</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    <h3>InterNIC Database Query</h3>
    Use the following form to perform a query exclusively on the <a href="http://rs.internic.net/">InterNIC</a> database (which includes the ".com", ".net", and ".org" top level domain names). Not only can you determine whether a domain name you desire is already in use, but you can find contact names, e-mail addresses, postal addresses, and telephone numbers. Simply enter the appropriate identifier (such as a domain name, NIC handle, etc) in the entry field below and select the "Query" button.
    <p>
    <center>
    <form method=POST action="/cgi-bin/Scriptorium/whois/query.pl">
    <input name="name" size=24 maxlength=72>
    <input type="submit" value="Query">
    </form>
    </center>
    <p>
    The default action (unless directed otherwise by entering a specific domain name or NIC handle), is to do a very broad search, looking for matches in all types of records and most fields (name, nickname, hostname, net address, etc) in the database. For more information, enter "help" in the entry field above and select the "Query" button.
    </body>
    </html>
Installing the Whois CGI
To install the query CGI on your Virtual Server you will need to do the following:
  1. Download the Query Form
    You will need to download the Query Form HTML source and store it somewhere in your "usr/local/etc/httpd/htdocs" directory structure. Feel free to customize the form, add graphics, etc. But be sure that the variable name for the input field is not altered.

  2. Untar the InterNIC Database Query CGI source code
    1. Telnet or SSH to your Virtual Server.
    2. Enter the following at the command prompt:

      vinstall whois

      This will install the query.pl and util.pl files into your "www/cgi-bin/library/whois" directory.

  3. Customize the Appearance of the Query CGI
    Two subroutines in the util.pl file are used to print out header and footer information. These functions are print_header_info and print_footer_info. Feel free to modify these functions such that the CGI outputs pages that are in synch with the motifs of the rest of your site.
Once you have completed the installation successfully, you will have a working query form like the one shown below (go ahead and test it).
Use the following form to perform a query exclusively on the InterNIC database (which includes the ".com", "Net", and ".org" top level domain names). Not only can you determine whether a domain name you desire is already in use, but you can find contact names, e-mail addresses, postal addresses, and telephone numbers. Simply enter the appropriate identifier (such as a domain name, NIC handle, etc) in the entry field below and select the "Query" button.



The default action (unless directed otherwise by entering a specific domain name or NIC handle), is to do a very broad search, looking for matches in all types of records and most fields (name, nickname, hostname, net address, etc) in the database. For more information, enter "help" in the entry field above and select the "Query" button.
SEE ALSO:

Domain Availability Tool

Getting your own Name Server

Installing CGI Scripts

CGI Security Issues

CGI Scriptorium

About Perl

Perl Modules

Server Side Includes

Mime Types

About Apache Server

BOOKS TO HELP YOU:


The Domain Name Handbook; High Stakes and Strategies in Cyberspace

$31.96


CGI Programming 101
CGI Programming 101

$24.95

CGI Programming With Perl
CGI Programming With Perl

$26.36

Web Security:
A Step-by-Step Reference Guide

$23.96


Official Guide to Programming With CGI.pm
Official Guide to Programming With CGI.pm

$27.99

Javascript Bible
Javascript Bible,
3rd Edition

$34.99

Core Web Programming
Core Web Programming

$34.39

Apache: Web Server Directives Guidebook Apache:
Web Server Directives Guidebook

$15.95

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