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When I run a WHOIS query on ARIN's website for a particular IP address or block that is international, they often list information in the comments field for where to go to run another specific query. For example, I just looked up 200.24.7.x, and it referred me to LACNIC.

Is there a tool that automatically parses this (or knows it ahead of time) and queries the correct WHOIS server that would have the most specific information for the address or block I am querying with?

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Favouriting this question, because this one always irritates me when I just get directed to another WHOIS site. – Mark Henderson Mar 29 '11 at 0:36
I suppose if there isn't a utility yet, perhaps I will just make one... – Brad Mar 29 '11 at 1:22
if you do create such a utility please consider sharing it. – John Gardeniers Mar 29 '11 at 1:56
jwhois should try, at least, to follow or use it's builtin lookup to find the right whois server. I just tried it on the LACNIC addr you mentioned, and it performed correctly. – malcolmpdx Mar 29 '11 at 3:18
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Try using jwhois, it will follow the referral chain to the 'right' end whois server.

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