gwhois is an universal whois client and it can also act as an intelligent whois proxy. whois is an internet service to lookup administrative contacts and owners of domains, ip-adresses or other important parts of the internet infrastructure.
Primary use is querying domain data. Such information is for example used by system administrators, spam fighters and a lot of other people. Specialised clients are used to query whois servers. Unfortunately, whois is not a centralised service. Data for different countries domains are stored on different servers.
IP adresses are divided roughly by continents. Some data can only be aquired by visiting a website. gwhois strives to help with this problems. It contains a list of services to query, and which domains/adresses/etc. can be queried there. It can also query webpages.
The results are either presented directly (if used as a client) or gwhois is installed as a whois proxy. It can then be queried using a standard whois client. Whois clients are available for most operating systems.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Updated debconf template translations: ru (closes: Bug#581866), pt (closes: Bug#581958), cs (closes: Bug#581993), ja (closes: Bug#582303), es (closes: Bug#583342), fr (closes: Bug#583786), sv (closes: Bug#586820), sv (closes: Bug#589857)
· 2a00:: is ripe, also fixed ipv6 pattern in whole (closes: Bug#585072)
· fixed ARIN lookups