A very nice addition to the web site of a company which specializes in web hosting is an InterNIC Whois database query. A small form and simple CGI can be designed to facilitate such a task.


To install the query CGI on your Virtual Private Server you will need to do the following:

  1. Download the Query Form
    You will need to download the Internic Database Query form HTML source and store it somewhere in your /www/htdocs directory structure. Feel free to customize the form, add graphics, etc., but be sure that the variable name for the input field is not altered.
  2. Copy the whois directory
    As the root user, copy the whois directory from the /usr/local/share/contrib/ directory on your VPS v2 to the appropriate cgi-bin for the domain that will be using the script. Make sure to change the file ownership to the correct user.
  3. Customize the Appearance of the Query CGI
    Two subroutines in the util.pl file are used to print out header and footer information. These functions are print_header_info and print_footer_info. Feel free to modify these functions such that the CGI outputs pages that are in synch with the motifs of the rest of your site.

Please note: the information on this page applies to ITS web hosting plans. It may or may not apply to other environments. If you are looking for a feature described here, or better support from your hosting provider, please consider hosting your site with ITS!

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