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RPSL Transition

  • From: Gerald Andrew Winters
  • Date: Tue Oct 26 10:09:59 1999

A reminder for users of the RADB database service:  at 12:00:00 a.m. EDT
on November 1, 1999, the and [email protected] services
will default to the Routing Policy Specification Language (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  However, you will need to *RECONFIGURE* your
tools to explicitly query and send RIPE-181
submissions to

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

Here is the full transition schedule:

        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 submissions are no 
                                longer accepted and the RADB RPSL
                                transition is complete.  

RADB users can 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:


Comments or questions about the transition are welcome; please send email
to [email protected] 

--Gerald Winters
  Merit IRRd Team