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Nettools Plugin 2.1

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One of the lesser known features of Geeklog is the ability to look up IP addresses, e.g. of comment posters, with a single click. Provided you have this feature configured to use a Whois lookup, e.g. Tom Willet's Nettools plugin.

Recently, the Whois function stopped working properly, due to changes in the underlying Whois services. The Nettools plugin 2.1 provides a fixed version of that service.

Please note that the Whois lookup is using code of the PHPWhois open source project. The fixes have been taken from the PHPWhois CVS, since there is no updated PHPWhois release yet. I will provide another update of the Nettools plugin once such an update is out. In the meantime, this new version should help getting accurate Whois information again.

This version of the Nettools plugin requires Geeklog 1.6.0 or later. Older versions are no longer supported.

Upgrading instructions: If you are upgrading from an earlier version of the plugin, please follow these steps (also listed in the included Readme.txt):

  1. disable the plugin
  2. remove all 3 plugin directories entirely
  3. upload the new version, either manually or through Geeklog's plugin upload
  4. if are uploading it manually, note that the new version does not include an "admin" directory any more
  5. re-enable the plugin
  6. you should see an update note, so update the plugin

These steps are necessary since a lot of files were changed, added, or removed to ensure you have a clean update.

The plugin's source code can also be found in a Mercurial repository here.