> WHOIS shows the reserved domains owners perfectly. But some ICANN approved > comanies such as Dotster and Godaddy offer "privacy" option which prevents > the display of owner data such as name, address, and email.
That sounds ideal for my purposes. I don't need to know who the domain is registered to, just whether or not it's registered. Which leads to the obvious question of how to make a whois query programatically. I've done a little (so far) poking around in the relevant RFCs, and making the actual query looks relatively straight forward. What I'm not sure about is what server(s) to query? To date I've only every used web based services like samspade or whois services hosted by domain registrars, so I've no idea whether they query a central service or their own proprietry servers or...? Any suggestions or pointers would be much appreciated! Rob Ashburn. -- To unsubscribe or change your settings for TWSocket mailing list please goto http://www.elists.org/mailman/listinfo/twsocket Visit our website at http://www.overbyte.be