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If I download whois data from these five servers:

ARIN: http://ws.arin.net/whois
RIPE NCC: http://www.ripe.net/whois/
APNIC: http://whois.apnic.net
LACNIC: http://whois.lacnic.net
AfriNIC: http://whois.afrinic.net

Would that be all the whois data?

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Belongs on ServerFault, no? –  Peter Eisentraut Jan 8 '10 at 6:51

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No, it wouldn't. Those are the Regional Internet Registries (RIR's) they handle assignment of IP address space to companies.

To get whois information you would need to query the registrar that the domain is registered at. Although the registrars do "cross pollinate" their whois databases. They will just tell you that the information is not registered with them. Since it's not their domain the data may be stale. For example when I do a whois on my domain at netsol (I'm registered with godaddy) in the results it states:

The previous information has been obtained either directly from the registrant or a registrar of the domain name other than Network Solutions. Network Solutions, therefore, does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

I have to ask why you want a comprehensive list of all the whois information. Also you probably won't be able to get it from the registrars without paying a pretty penny if you can get it at all.

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