I-D ACTION:draft-ietf-wnils-whois-lookup-01.txt

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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     : Whois and Network Information Lookup Service Whois++    
       Author(s) : J. Gargano, K. Weiss
       Filename  : draft-ietf-wnils-whois-lookup-01.txt
       Pages     : 7
       Date      : 07/06/1994

As currently defined, NICNAME/WHOIS [HARR85] service is a TCP transaction 
based query/response server, running on a few specific central machines, 
that provides netwide directory service to Internet users.  The Network 
Information Center (NIC) maintains the central NICNAME database and server,
defined in RFC 954, providing online look-up of individuals, network 
organizations, key host machines, and other information of interest to 
users of the Internet.  The usefulness of this service has lead to the 
development of other distributed directory information servers and 
information retrieval tools and it is anticipated more will be created.  
Many sites now maintain local directory servers with information about 
individuals, departments and services at that specific site.               

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