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Is it possible to issue WHOIS requests via my local machine over a port other than 43 to a remote box to execute? Ideally, I'm using Jsch and I'd like to be able to round-robin these requests. I've looked in /etc/services, didn't learn much. Anytime I specify a port other than 43, the whois request hangs (whois -p 4999

I know about the RIR's and their various limits, and I realize that I could pay somewhere like DomainTools. But let's be honest, that wouldn't as much fun, would it?

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Probably don't understand the question correctly - why not use ssh remote.host "whois xx.xx.xx.xx"? – peterph Jan 25 '13 at 21:21
$ proxychains whois example.org
ProxyChains-3.1 (http://proxychains.sf.net)
Access to .ORG WHOIS information is provided to assist persons in 
determining the contents of a domain name registration record in the 
DS Key Tag 2:31589
Algorithm 2:8
Digest Type 2:2
Digest 2:3fdc4c11fa3ad3535ea8c1ce3eaf7bfa5ca9ae8a834d98fee10085cfaeb625aa
DS Maximum Signature Life 2:1814400 seconds

Config of proxychains /etc/proxychains.conf contain this:

socks5       1080

Socks5 setup:

$ ssh -D 1080 user@server
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