[arin-tech-discuss] has the WHOIS CLI behavior reverted?

Michael Sinatra michael at rancid.berkeley.edu
Tue Nov 22 20:06:57 EST 2011

On 10/2/11 ARIN changed the default whois CLI behavior so that the 
parent record of an assignment (belonging to ARIN or "various 
registries") wouldn't be displayed, and you wouldn't need to single out 
the record of the entity you were presumably looking for.  In other 
words, it was designed to _prevent_ this from happening:

# Query terms are ambiguous.  The query is assumed to be:
#     "n"
# Use "?" to get help.

# The following results may also be obtained via:

University of California UCB-ETHER (NET-128-32-0-0-1) -
Various Registries (Maintained by ARIN) NET128 (NET-128-0-0-0-0) -

# ARIN WHOIS data and services are subject to the Terms of Use
# available at: https://www.arin.net/whois_tou.html

As of today, it appears that this behavior has returned.  Was there a 
reason for the reversion?  Or did I merely miss something and/or am 
smoking crack?

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