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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:

                auto-rpsl@radb.net

Users may also use the Web-based GUI interface at:

                http://www.radb.net/irrj.html

RPSL RFCs and Internet-Drafts are available through:

                http://www.ietf.org/html.charters/rps-charter.html

IMPORTANT:
---------
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 auto-dbm@radb.net 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 auto-ripe181@radb.net. 

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
RPSL.  

After January 1, 2000, RIPE-181 object submissions will no longer be
accepted.

        DATE                    CHANGE
        ----                    ------
        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 auto-rpsl@radb.net.
                                RIPE-181 and RPSL databases
                                operate in parallel.
                                whois.radb.net and auto-dbm@radb.net
                                default to RIPE-181. 
                                
        11/1/1999               Default whois.radb.net and
                                auto-dbm@radb.net addresses change to 
                                RPSL database. RIPE-181 queries still 
                                possible via whois-ripe181.radb.net and
                                RIPE-181 submissions still possible via
                                email to auto-ripe181@radb.net. 
                                auto-ripe181@radb.net 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
to db-admin@radb.net. 



--Gerald Winters
Merit, IRRd Team






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