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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

Objects may be submitted by sending mail to:

                [email protected]

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 and [email protected] services will default to the RPSL
database.  This means that whois queries to after November
1 will return RPSL objects.

RIPE-181 queries will still be possible after November 1 via whois queries
to  RIPE-181 submissions can continue to be sent
via email to [email protected] 

RIPE-181 submissions made between 11/1/1999 and 1/1/2000 will be visible
on as RIPE-181 objects converted to RPSL.  The objects will
be converted every five minutes from the 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

        DATE                    CHANGE
        ----                    ------
        9/1/1999                RADB begins production RPSL service
                                and enters the final stage of RPSL
                                transition. RPSL queries are available
                                from and submissions
                                may be sent to [email protected]
                                RIPE-181 and RPSL databases
                                operate in parallel.
                       and [email protected]
                                default to RIPE-181. 
        11/1/1999               Default and
                                [email protected] addresses change to 
                                RPSL database. RIPE-181 queries still 
                                possible via and
                                RIPE-181 submissions still possible via
                                email to [email protected] 
                                [email protected] 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 
                       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 [email protected] 

--Gerald Winters
Merit, IRRd Team