04-13-2005, 06:47 PM #1Disabled
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Obtaining, and Installing JWhois Windows Whois Client
JWhois is a program which was created by the GNU for users to perform whois queries on domains in order to determine their ownership, and availability.
The only problem for a long time was that the GNU only distributed jwhois in source code for people using unix operating systems to compile and install themselves.
Fortunantely, a group of people have taken these GNU applications, and ported them over so they may be run on windows.
This tutorial will guide you on the steps needed to obtain this program, and install it, so you may be able to perform whois queries via the command line.
1) Point your browser to http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...ckage_id=39244 (it may be slow)
2) Pick the newest version, and the file which has an .exe extention, at this time, you will want to click on "Download jwhois-3.2.2-2.exe"
3) If you have never downloaded from sourceforge.net, you will need to choose a file mirror. This is fairly simple, because it just requires you pick the location that is closest to you. I personally favor the easynews mirror.
4) Begin the download
5) Once the program is downloaded, go through the installation choosing all default options
If you are using Windows XP, you will continue to step 6, if you are using windows 2000 or otherwise, skip to step 7.
6) After the program is installed, click start, right click on the "My Computer" icon, and select properties. Once there, navigate to the "Advanced" Tab and click on the button labeled "Enviroment Variables"
7) After the program is installed, navigate to your desktop, and right click on "my computer" to select properties. Once that window opens, navigate to the advanced tab, and click the button labeled "Enviroment Variables"
8) In the enviroment variables window, click on the variable labeled "Path" in the bottom text box. Once that item is selected, click "Edit"
9) In the "Variable Value" input area, click that option, and hit your "End" key to navigate to the very end. Once there, add a semicolon ( and add "C:\program files\GnuWin32\bin\" to the very end. Once that variable is set, click "ok" in that window, and "ok" in the original my comptuer preferences window
10) Navigate to C:\program files\GnuWin32\bin\ in explorer, and rename jwhois.exe to whois.exe
11) Click start, and select "run", in the run dialog box, type cmd.exe
12) In this new window, attempt to run a whois query by running
'whois' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
One thing you should learn about domains is that sometimes results differ from whois server to whois server. To query a domain at a specific whois server run the following command:
whois domain.com @whois.registrar.com
whois goofyboots.info @whois.enom.com
whois goofyboots.info @whois.afilias.info
To check a domain's availability, you will simply run
No match for domain "AREALLYLONGDOMAINTHATNOBODYWOULDWANT.COM".
Keep in mind, if you recently registered a domain, it may exist in your registrar's whois database, but not internic's . You should check your registrar's FAQ to see just how long registration takes. some domains may take longer to register than others. for example, .info domains usually register within minutes of initial purchase.
04-13-2005, 06:59 PM #2Retired Moderator
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- Jul 2002
not bad for for windows client afterall
i've seen also few toolbars that has whois support here and there