RIPE Database software beta release
- Date: Wed, 22 Oct 1997 20:45:34 +0200
A beta release of the RIPE Database software Version 2.1 is now
The release notes are included below. There a some new features
including a new installation procedure and conversion to perl5.
Please try this release and let us know if you have problems. Replies
Unless people find major problems we hope to make it a full release on
RELEASE NOTES for RIPE Database 2.1
This release has been tested with perl5.00401 on bsdi2.1 and
GNU/linux systems. Please let us know if you have problems
running it on other systems.
When an update sends an acknowledgement and a notification
to the same mail address one or the other can be suppressed
see SUPPRESSMESS in the config file.
New concise format for acknowledgements and notifications.
'-v' provides detailed object descriptions.
Re-implemented Makefiles and package configuration for ease of
use. Includes an 'uninstall' target to carefully remove the
executable and libraries when upgrading.
Now two help files, one about the whois interface delivered by
whois and one about the mail interface delivered by mail.
Notifications are sent when an object is created with a notify:
Whole package runs under perl5.004 with DB_File interface to Berkley
db. Perl5 hides a lot of platform specific things from scripts so
various configuration options have been made obsolete and removed.
DB_File allows you to increase the size of the in memory db file cache
which greatly improves indexing performance. see DBCACHESIZE We have
not tried it with other DBM packages but it should not be hard to
change if you want to use GDBM_File. This could become a configuration
option (or maybe use AnyDBM_File) if there is demand for it.
Changed syntax of 'changed:' & 'withdrawn:' to allow a 4 digits in the
year part of the date (8 digits in total rather than 6). Automatically
added dates are 8 digits. Existing 6 digit date fields are left
added word boundary matches to subject line parsing now matches 'new
object' and not 'My Apple Newton'.
added 'i' to regexp check of MAIL-FROM so is not case-sensitive
changed code to match comments in ripedb.config won't log incoming
serial updates to files if SERIALINCOMINGDIR is not defined.
Added copyright message to all source files to better assert our
rights but licence has not changed from previous versions.
I have had problems with bitwise operations on the large
integers used to represent IP addresses. With some versions of
perl5 a bitwise '&' returns a signed result. This causes
classless lookups to fail. See comments about iprightzeromask
in misc.pl. It seems to work with perl5.00401
Changes to ripedb.config
The following values have been removed...
HELP (replaced by WHOISHELP & AUTODBMHELP)
RENICECMD (optional - will use setpriority(2) if not set)
The following values have been added...