bug in the whois/wais query?
Janos Zsako zsako at banknet.net
Wed Apr 3 15:45:14 CEST 1996
Hello, I have noticed a problem with a person called Matyas Matyas. I needed him in the RIPE database. I queried the database and got: whois -h whois.ripe.net "Matyas Matyas" person: Dedi Matyas address: RADCOM Ltd. address: 8 Hanechoshet St. Tel-Aviv 69710, Israel phone: +972 3 6472694 fax-no: +972 3 6474681 e-mail: dedi at radcom.co.il nic-hdl: DM55-RIPE notify: lir at NetVision.net.il mnt-by: NNCC changed: steiff at NetVision.net.il 960225 source: RIPE I therefore registered the following person: person: Matyas Matyas address: HotSoft Tirgu Mures - ROMANIA address: O.P. 1, C.P. 172 address: 4300 Tirgu Mures - Romania phone: +40 65 16 65 16 fax-no: +40 65 16 62 90 e-mail: matyi at hotsoft.vsat.ro nic-hdl: MM200-RIPE notify: ncc at banknet.net changed: zsako at banknet.net 960403 source: RIPE I queried the database in the same way and I got the same result as the first time! Therefore I suspected the person had been registered earlier and I queried the database with the WAIS option (through telnet info.ripe.net). I looked for the word "Matyas" and I got three results, one of them was the object below: person: Matyas Matyas address: HotSoft Tirgu Mures - ROMANIA address: O.P. 1, C.P. 172 address: 4300 Tirgu Mures - Romania phone: +40-65-166516 fax-no: +40-65-166290 e-mail: matyi at hotsoft.vsat.ro nic-hdl: MM184-RIPE changed: alina at u1.ici.ro 960326 source: RIPE and two irrelevant person objects, but the person with the NIC-handle MM200-RIPE was not there! I got a similar result with a different keyword ("matyi" from the e-mail address) and again got MM184-RIPE, but not MM200-RIPE. Is this normal (did I miss something) or is this a bug? (I see two different problems which might have the same cause: - why does the whois not give me both MM184-RIPE and MM200-RIPE as an answer to the 'whois -h whois.ripe.net "Matyas Matyas"'? - why does the WAIS not give me the person object MM200-RIPE? ). I could explain however the behaviour of the WAIS query by the fact that it does not search the "real" database, but a copy of it, which is updated in bigger chunks. Is this the explanation for the second problem? I find no explanation for the first problem though... In case I missed something please excuse me for polluting your mailbox and taking your time... Best regards, Janos PS. I will delete the person MM200-RIPE next week, but I want to leave it there for the moment in case somebody wishes to investigate the problem.
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