On a recent project, I was given a list of about 30 domains to redirect to a new site.  I needed to get a handle on where the domains were registered and where the DNS was hosted.  I could have spent a lot of time typing “whois domain-name.com” into the terminal of my Mac, or write a shell script to do the lookups for me and write the results to a file that I could quickly examine.  I already had all the domains in a text file. Here’s what I did:

for domain in `cat domains.txt`
   echo $domain
   `whois $domain >> whois-results.txt`

You could take this a step further and do some regular expression matching to only get the lines of interest, but this needed to be quick and dirty.

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