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What is the RIPE Database ?

RIPE (Reseaux IP Europeens) coordinates TCP/IP networking for the
research community in Europe. It operates under the auspices of RARE
(Reseaux Associees pour la Recherche Europeene).

One of the activities of RIPE is to maintain a database of European IP
networks, DNS domains and their contact persons. This database content
is public information. This supports NICs/NOCs all over Europe to
perform their respective tasks.

A domain and its contact persons are represented by different database
objects. This means that for each domain there has to be a domain
object describing the domain and one or more person entries describing
the persons.

Objects are described by attributes one per line separated by empty
lines. The information stored about domain UKA.DE consists
of five objects, one domain object and four person objects and looks
like this:

domain: UKA.DE
descr: Universiaet Karlsruhe
descr: Informatik Rechnerabteilung IRA
descr: Am Fasanengarten 5
descr: D-7500 Karlsruhe, FRG
admin-c: Werner Zorn
tech-c: Michael Rotert
tech-c: Klaus Becker
tech-c: Arnold Nipper
nserver: iraun1.IRA.UKA.DE iramu1.IRA.UKA.DE
nserver: unido.Informatik.Uni-Dortmund.DE
sub-dom: ira
dom-net: 129.13.0.0 192.54.104.0
changed: nipper@ira.uka.de 910208
source: RIPE

person: Werner Zorn
address: Universitaet Karlsruhe
address: Informatikrechnerabteilung
address: Am Fasanengarten 5
address: D-7500 Karlsruhe
phone: +49 721 608 3981
fax-no: +49 721 699 284
e-mail: zorn@ira.uka.de
changed: dfk@cwi.nl 11-Apr-90
source: RIPE

person: Michael Rotert
address: Universitaet Karlsruhe
address: Informatikrechnerabteilung
address: Am Fasanengarten 5
address: D-7500 Karlsruhe
phone: +49 721 608 4221
fax-no: +49 721 699 284
e-mail: rotert@ira.uka.de
nic-hdl: MR78
changed: dfk@cwi.nl 11-Apr-90
source: RIPE

person: Klaus Becker
address: Universitaet Karlsruhe
address: Informatikrechnerabteilung
address: Am Fasanengarten 5
address: D-7500 Karlsruhe
phone: +49 721 608 3973
fax-no: +49 721 699 284
e-mail: becker@ira.uka.de
changed: dfk@cwi.nl 11-Apr-90
source: RIPE

person: Arnold Nipper
address: Universitaet Karlsruhe
address: Informatikrechnerabteilung
address: Am Fasanengarten 5
address: D-7500 Karlsruhe
phone: +49 721 608 4331
fax-no: +49 721 699 284
e-mail: nipper@ira.uka.de
nic-hdl: AN45
changed: dfk@cwi.nl 11-Apr-90
source: RIPE


How to access the Database ?

The database is public. It can be accessed via a whois server
on host whois.ripe.net (tcp port 43). The whole database is also
available via anonymous ftp from ftp.ripe.net as file ripe.db in
directory ripe/dbase.


How to submit information to the Database ?

Database updates should be sent via electronic mail to

auto-dbm@ripe.net

Below you find a template for domain objects. Be sure to supply a person
object for each contact person mentioned in the network objects.
Of course you need not supply person objects if they are already
present in the database and the information is still correct.

Before submitting please delete all indented explanatory text from the
templates to save mail bandwidth. The text you submit should start in
column one.

Thank you for your cooperation.


RIPE Database Management


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domain:
IP domain name
Format: Full qulified domain name without trailing ".".
Example:
domain: UKA.DE
Mandatory

descr:
Description of the domain.
Give organisation and place.
Postal address is not needed, this can be found via the contacts.

Format: free text, one line per entry, multiple lines in sequence
Example:
descr: Universiaet Karlsruhe
descr: Informatik Rechnerabteilung IRA
Mandatory

admin-c:
Name of administrative contact person.
This is someone who will be contacted about administrative
things such as domain registration etc.

This must be the same string as in the corresponding
person entry. Such a person entry has to exist.
If the person name is ambiguous, use the nic handle.

Format: <firstname> <initials> <lastname>
Example:
admin-c: John E. Doe
Mandatory, Multiple

zone-c:
Name of the zone contact for the domain.
This is the person listed in the SOA record for the domain.

See admin-c above

tech-c:
Name of technical contact person.
This is someone to be contacted for technical problems
such as (mis)behavior of nameservers on the net etc.

See admin-c above.

nserver:
List of nameservers for of this domain. Primary first.
Format: Full qualified domainname without trailing "." OR
IP Adress(es) of the nameserver.
example:
nserver: iraun1.IRA.UKA.DE
Mandatory, Multiple

sub-dom:
List of subdomains of the domain
Format: Relative domainname to the domain.
Example:
sub-dom: ira
Mandatory, Multiple

dom-net:
List of IP networks in this domain.
Format: dotted quad including trailing 0s
Example:
dom-net: 129.13.0.0 192.54.104.0
Optional, Multiple

remark:
Remarks

Format: text string
Example:
remark: MX record only
Optional

changed:
Who and when changed this last.

Format: <email-address> YYMMDD
Example:
changed: johndoe@terabit-labs.nn 900401

source: RIPE
Source of the information.
This is used to separate information from different sources
kept by the same database software.

Format: RIPE
Mandatory


person:
Full name.
This must be the same as the corresponding contact attributes.

Format: first names first, no commas etc.
Example:
person: John E. Doe

address:
Postal address
Include everything necessary for paper mail to be delivered.

Format: multiple lines of text
City and post code on a single line.
Country on the last line.
Example:
address: Terabit Labs Inc.
address: Industrial Estate North
address: North Perpendicular Road 12
address: NN-1234 Northtown
address: Northern Nowhere
Mandatory

phone:
Telephone
Multiple numbers in the desired order please (secretariats etc.).

Format: International +<country-code> <city> <subscriber>
If no direct inward dialing is available,
please append "ext." and extension number.
Example:
phone: +31 20 12334676
phone: +44 123 987654 ext. 4711
Mandatory, Multiple

fax-no:
Telefax

see phone

e-mail:
Electronic mail address.

Format: Valid domain address please (if possible no !, %, ::)
Example:
e-mail: johndoe@terabit-labs.nn

nic-hd:
NIC handle. An identifier used by SRI-NIC to unambiguously refer
to Internet people.

Format: NIC format
Example:
nic-hd: JD0401
Optional but strongly suggested for those who have a NIC handle.


remark:
Remarks

Format: text string
Example:
remark: RIPE coordinator Northern Nowhere
Optional

changed:
Who and when changed this last.

Format: <email-address> YYMMDD
Example:
changed: johndoe@terabit-labs.nn 900401


source: RIPE
Source of the information.
This is used to separate information from different sources
kept by the same database software.

Format: RIPE
Mandatory