[dns-operations] Glue IP addresses in whois output in .com (and may be others)

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at nic.fr
Mon Oct 9 14:34:53 UTC 2017

I have the strange feeling that I'm the last human on earth to
discover that .com whois no longer publishes the IP addresses of glue

% whois socgen.com          
   Name Server: NYCDNS01.US.SOCGEN.COM
   Name Server: NYCDNS02.US.SOCGEN.COM
   Name Server: TIGDNS01.SOCGEN.COM
   Name Server: TIGDNS02.SOCGEN.COM

The registry knows them, of course:

%  dig @a.gtld-servers.net NYCDNS01.US.SOCGEN.COM
nycdns02.US.SOCGEN.COM.	172800 IN A
tigdns01.SOCGEN.COM.	172800 IN A
tigdns02.SOCGEN.COM.	172800 IN A

But does not publish in whois. I'm reasonably certain that, in the
past, it was published via whois. We still do it in .fr:

% whois ssi.gouv.fr

domain:      ssi.gouv.fr
nsl-id:      NSL139448-FRNIC

ns-list:     NSL139448-FRNIC
nserver:     dns1.ssi.gouv.fr []
nserver:     dns2.ssi.gouv.fr []
nserver:     ns6.gandi.net

When was it changed? Why? Did I dream the whole thing?

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