Linux how to whois query other gTLDs such as .club solution

whois in Linux is incredibly out of date and does not seem to recognize most new TLDs domains, but there is a quick and easy tip/hack/tweak for this.

An example of new TLD's site as .review .site .club

whois somesite.club

No whois server is known for this kind of object.
 

bash to the rescue

Now I did try to apply this in .bashrc but DO NOT!  I think the * wildcard or something else in the code causes a recursive infinite loop that will slow or cash your computer. (I am not kidding I had a load of 1000!).

1.) The bash script (finds the whois server for the .tld and queries it):

#!/bin/bash
server=$1
whois -h `whois "$1" -h whois.iana.org| grep whois\:| sed -e s/whois\:\\s*//` "$1"

2.) Save it to a file in your home ~/whoisserver.sh

3.) Edit ~/.bashrc

Add the following:

function whois() { /home/yourdir/whoisserver.sh $1; }

To apply instantly in your current shell/bash:

source .bashrc

The reason I used a function is because it supports variables whereas a bash "alias" does not.


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