Can i do a whois for my customers

We are going to start registering some domains for our customers. I would like  to be able to do a whois ( or something to determine if the domain is available)

i found a old article that suggested Net::Whois, but it appears that it does not work anymore. I think this was before the registrars started cracking on whois robots.

Thanks for any help
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use Net::Whois::Raw;
print whois('');
pariesAuthor Commented:
when i tried this it said i could not connect to the server
is there a whois server other than netsolutions?
I wrote an application for this a while ago that runs on Linux.  I had not posted it to my site yet because I wanted to clean it up a bit before I added it but since you were asking I put it up.;f=14;t=53;r=1

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