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A Revised Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts 
directories. This draft is a work item of the Whois and Network Information
Lookup Service Working Group of the IETF.                                  

       Title     : How to interact with a Whois++ mesh                     
       Author(s) : P. Faltstrom, R. Schoultz, C. Weider
       Filename  : draft-ietf-wnils-whois-mesh-01.txt
       Pages     : 6
       Date      : 03/17/1995

In the Whois++ architecture [Deutsch94],[Weider94], mesh traversal is done 
by the client, since each server 'refers' the client to the next 
appropriate server(s). The protocol is simple. The client opens a 
connection to a server, sends a query, receives a reply, closes the 
connection, and after parsing the response the client decides which server 
to contact next, if necessary.   
                                          
So, the client needs to have an algorithm to follow when it interacts with 
the Whois++ mesh so that referral loops can be detected, cost is minimised,
and appropriate servers are rapidly and effectively contacted.             

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