man Net::Whois::RIPE::Object () - RIPE Query Results


Net::Whois::RIPE::Object - RIPE Query Results


        use Net::Whois::RIPE::Object;

        $object = new Net::Whois::RIPE::Object;

        while ($line = $whois_socket->get()) {
                ($attribute,$value) = ($line =~ /^(.+?):\s+(.+)$/);
                next unless $attribute;

        $object->success || die;

        foreach $attribute ($object->attributes()) { 
                foreach $value ($object->$attribute()) {
                        printf "%s:    %-s\n", $attribute, $value;

        print $object->content; # raw content from whois server

        for $error ($object->error) {...}
        for $warn ($object->warning) {...}


Encapsulates the results of a whois query. The attribute/value pairs of the response may then by accessed using the attribute as a method name.

These objects are created by Net::Whois::RIPE to be returned as query results.

Short background...a whois server would return the following for a person query.

   person:      Paul Gampe
   address:     Level 1 - 33 Park Road
   address:     Milton, QLD, 4064
   country:     AU
   phone:       +61-7-3367-0490
   fax-no:      +61-7-3367-0482
   nic-hdl:     PG6-AP
   remarks:     APNIC Technical Operations Team
   mnt-by:      MAINT-AP-APNIC-TECH
   changed: 19990909
   source:      APNIC

Net::Whois::RIPE::Object parses the attribute's and values and add's them to itself. The RIPE object can then be used to access the attribute values using the attribute names as methods. A call to attributes returns an ordered list of all attributes parsed.

All values are stored as lists since some attributes are multiline (e.g. address). If there has been a problem with the query then the content method may provide output from the server that can be used to diagnose why.

        $whois = Net::Whois::RIPE->new($host);
        $query = $whois->query('Paul Gampe');

        unless ($query->success) {
                print "There's been a problem...server response is...\n";
                print $query->content;

        print "Paul's nic-hdl is ", $query->nic_hdl, "\n";

Attributes that had a dash '-' are converted to underscore '_' for method names.


Creates a new RIPE object. Attempts to parse lines from HANDLE. Any parsing failure causes the constructor to return undef. Error messages are available via errstr. HANDLE may be a file handle or a socket.


Returns the raw output from the whois server. In a list context it returns the lines from whois as a list. In a scalar context it returns the entire list in a scalar.

In the case where no ATTRIBUTE's are available via the attributes method, then the content may hold information from whois as to why.

Returns the list of ATTRIBUTE's that were added by add. The order of the list is the order the ATTRIBUTE's were added in.

If no ATTRIBUTE's were added then an empty list is returned. Try calling content to obtain output from the whois server as to why.

Call attributes to find out if the object was successfully parsed. success reports errors from the whois server. It is possible that success can report true but the object has no attributes.

In a list context it returns an array of warning lines. In a scalar context it returns a \n separated string of warning lines.

These are the warnings from the whois server about the object.

In a list context it returns an array of error lines. In a scalar context it returns a \n separated string of error lines.

These are the errors from the whois server about the object.

Returns 1 if no errors defined, 0 otherwise
Sets/gets the debug level.



        Kevin Baker, <>
        Paul Gampe, <>
        Bruce Campbell, <>




Copyright (C) 1999 Paul Gampe and APNIC Pty. Ltd. Copyright (C) 2000 Kevin Baker and APNIC Pty. Ltd.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 1, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.