Joshua Cowper

How doesn’t whois work properly in Mac Terminal?

18 Nov 2012
Mac OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion
18 Nov 2012 | Mac OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion |

I am trying to use the Mac Terminal for whois lookups. If I type in “whois makeuseof.com”, I get the whois results for makeuseof.com. However, if I type in “whois apple.com”, I get this:

Whois Server Version 2.0

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

APPLE.COM.ZON.COM
APPLE.COM.WWW.ZON.COM
APPLE.COM.WWW.BEYONDWHOIS.COM
APPLE.COM.WAS.PWNED.BY.M1CROSOFT.COM
APPLE.COM.MORE.INFO.AT.WWW.BEYONDWHOIS.COM
APPLE.COM.IS.OWN3D.BY.NAKEDJER.COM
APPLE.COM.IS.0WN3D.BY.GULLI.COM
APPLE.COM.BEYONDWHOIS.COM
APPLE.COM.AT.WWW.BEYONDWHOIS.COM
APPLE.COM

To single out one record, look it up with “xxx”, where xxx is one of the
of the records displayed above. If the records are the same, look them up
with “=xxx” to receive a full display for each record.

>>> Last update of whois database: Sun, 18 Nov 2012 05:13:09 UTC

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