Steven Carr sjcarr at gmail.com
Thu Aug 29 06:47:38 UTC 2013

I think the short answer is don't use the host command, always use dig.

Not sure how to find the version of host (none of the usual -V -v -h flags
seem to work with it) but on my system (OS X 10.8) host returns refused for
the same query...

sjcarr at elmo:~ $ host www.undernet.org. ns1.ausics.net
Using domain server:
Name: ns1.ausics.net

Host www.undernet.org not found: 5(REFUSED)

Same as dig...

sjcarr at elmo:~ $ dig www.undernet.org. @ns1.ausics.net

; <<>> DiG 9.8.3-P1 <<>> www.undernet.org. @ns1.ausics.net
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: REFUSED, id: 49412
;; flags: qr rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0
;; WARNING: recursion requested but not available

;www.undernet.org.        IN    A

;; Query time: 62 msec
;; WHEN: Thu Aug 29 07:45:35 2013
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 34

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