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Merit IRR transition to RPSL announcement
- From: Gerald Andrew Winters
- Date: Fri Oct 01 17:08:29 1999
Merit is pleased to announce that the RADB Internet Routing Registry
database service has begun production use of the next-generation Routing
Policy Specification Language (RPSL). After several weeks of beta trials,
the service is production quality and Merit strongly recommends that users
begin migration to the new database language. The new RPSL database
contains both native RPSL objects, as well as objects mirrored in near
real-time from the RIPE-181 database servers.
RADB users can now query RPSL objects by issuing the following query:
whois -h whois-rpsl.radb.net
Objects may be submitted by sending mail to:
Users may also use the Web-based GUI interface at:
RPSL RFCs and Internet-Drafts are available through:
During the months of September and October, Merit will continue to operate
both RIPE-181 and RPSL RADB database servers. As of November 1, 1999, the
whois.radb.net and firstname.lastname@example.org services will default to the RPSL
database. This means that whois queries to whois.radb.net after November
1 will return RPSL objects.
RIPE-181 queries will still be possible after November 1 via whois queries
to whois-ripe181.radb.net. RIPE-181 submissions can continue to be sent
via email to email@example.com.
RIPE-181 submissions made between 11/1/1999 and 1/1/2000 will be visible
on whois.radb.net as RIPE-181 objects converted to RPSL. The objects will
be converted every five minutes from the whois-ripe181.radb.net database.
Availability of the database in both syntax languages will ease the
transition to RPSL by allowing users to view RIPE-181 objects converted to
After January 1, 2000, RIPE-181 object submissions will no longer be
9/1/1999 RADB begins production RPSL service
and enters the final stage of RPSL
transition. RPSL queries are available
from whois-rpsl.radb.net and submissions
may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RIPE-181 and RPSL databases
operate in parallel.
whois.radb.net and email@example.com
default to RIPE-181.
11/1/1999 Default whois.radb.net and
firstname.lastname@example.org addresses change to
RPSL database. RIPE-181 queries still
possible via whois-ripe181.radb.net and
RIPE-181 submissions still possible via
email to email@example.com.
firstname.lastname@example.org submissions will
be auto-converted to RPSL and mirrored
to the RPSL database every 5 minutes.
Therefore, auto-converted RIPE-181
submissions will be visible on
whois.radb.net and corresponding RPSL
entries may be overwritten.
1/1/2000 RIPE-181 queries and sumbmissions are no
longer accepted and the RADB RPSL
transition is complete.
Comments or questions about the transition are welcome; please send email
Merit, IRRd Team