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Change Network Utility's whois server list Apps
If you use the Network Utility to do 'whois' lookups, but prefer to use a whois server that's not listed in Apple's choices, there's no apparent way to add your servers to the displayed list within the pop-up list -- so you end up typing in your preferred whois server each time you run the program. But with just a bit of preference editing, it's actually quite easy to add your preferred choices. Here's how to do it.
  1. Go to /Users/user_name/Library/Preferences.

  2. Quit Network Utility if it's running.

  3. Open com.apple.NetworkUtility.plist file in propertylisteditor (or TextEdit if you don't have the Dev Tools installed).

  4. Open the NUWhoisServers key (in TextEdit, look for <key>NUWhoisServers</key>). Add/delete additional strings with the whois servers you would like to keep/remove permanently from the Network Utilities server list (in TextEdit, insert additional <string>whois.server.name</string> values into the list, or delete the ones you don't wish to see).

  5. Save your changes and quit the editor.

  6. Re-launch Network Utility and see the new list of servers
[Editor's note: This hint serves as a good example of my first rule of OS X tweaking - if you wish to change an application's default behavior, and you don't see a preference for the item you wish to change, check out the app's preferences file. There are typically values set there which are easily edited (as seen here), even if they don't have a user interface to those settings within the program.]
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whois listings
Authored by: mgallacher on Dec 05, '01 10:07:20AM

I found simply by entering in a whois server then performing a whois with it, the whois server is always in my list. This would save editing preference files if you are a bit shaky when it comes to editing files. Hopefully this works for other people.



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whois listings
Authored by: ahole on Oct 16, '02 09:01:21AM

Just out of interest, I had noticed that it recorded addresses automatically (after 2 or 3 times typing the same whois hostname)
and was looking for this article to REMOVE some invalid addresses that were annoying me...

Property List Editor seems a great tool (I have recently installed the developer tools)



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Kewl
Authored by: efoivx on Dec 05, '01 03:39:55PM

Thanks so much - I was looking for this exact tip! Mac OS X Hints comes through again.


Cheers



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