[root@router ~]# whois google.com
[Unable to connect to remote host]
But if I add the ip address to the /etc/hosts file for whois.verisign-grs.com the whois will work just fine.
So I think whois is not able to do dns lookups. What would prevent whois from doing dns lookups?
Other tools work just fine such as ping, traceroute, dig, and host. Why do these work and whois fails?