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From "Ulrich Mayring (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (NET-164) WhoisClient should not use the platform's default Encoding
Date Fri, 20 Jul 2007 08:30:06 GMT
WhoisClient should not use the platform's default Encoding

                 Key: NET-164
             Project: Commons Net
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Ulrich Mayring

Currently the WhoisClient is extending the FingerClient, which sends its request like so:

output = new DataOutputStream(new BufferedOutputStream(_output_, 1024));

This obviously uses the platform's default encoding, which may be workable for Finger requests,
but today's Whois services oftentimes support foreign characters via some IDN scheme and therefore
usually run under utf-8. It should therefore either be configurable which encoding is used
for the request, or, alternatively, the query interface should be changed to not accept strings,
but only bytes. Then it's the client's responsibility to do the appropriate thing.

As it is now, there is no way to use this WhoisClient for IDN-aware Whois registries.

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