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Show or Hide answer What is "LIR-PARTITIONED"?

LIR-PARTITIONED is a new value which can now be put into the "status:" attribute of an inetnum object. Prior to this new "status:" value, inetnum objects could only have the "status:" attribute "ASSIGNED PA" , ASSIGNED PI", "ALLOCATED PA or "ALLOCATED PI".

Show or Hide answer When would the LIR-PARTITIONED "status:" value be used?

Sometimes LIRs need to distribute part of their allocation to a particular location and allow maintenance of that range by their subsidiary. The new "status:" value allows the LIR to create a more specific level object with the subsidiary's maintainer in it. By doing this, it allows the subsidiary to administer the assigned inetnum objects, without giving the subsidiary control over the whole LIR allocation. It is not a sub-allocation.

Show or Hide answer How is such an object created in the RIPE Whois Database?

In the same way as an assigned inetnum object is created, except the "status:" value, LIR-PARTITIONED PA or LIR-PARTITIONED PI is used instead of ASSIGNED PA or ASSIGNED PI.

Show or Hide answer How can I protect an LIR-PARTITIONED object?

Inetnum objects with the LIR-PARTITIONED "status:" uses the same attributes as inetnums, thus they must be protected by a valid maintainer, i.e. mnt-by. Hierarchical authority for LIR-PARTITIONED address space can also be specified in the "mnt-lower" and "mnt-routes" attributes.

As the LIR is responsible for all objects within its allocated range, it is important they take appropriate steps to ensure they retain access to the authorisation of maintainers used in the eventual creation of more specific objects.

When creating a more-specific object (a route object for example) the hierarchical structure of authorisation will apply to the maintainer(s) of the LIR-PARTITIONED object before checking with the maintainer(s) of the ALLOCATED object.

Show or Hide answer Do I have to seek approval from the RIPE NCC before entering an LIR-PARTITIONED object into the RIPE Whois Database?

No, this is strictly a RIPE Whois Database feature and RIPE NCC will keep no record of these LIR-PARTITIONED objects. Responsibility for errors and problems arising from the use of LIR-PARTITIONED remains entirely with the LIR concerned.

Show or Hide answer Can I request reverse delegation for an LIR-PARTITIONED inetnum object?

No, the RIPE NCC's reverse delegation check will not consider LIR-PARTITIONED objects when evaluating a reverse delegation request. The criteria for receiving reverse delegation for a zone remains the same as before and can be viewed at

Show or Hide answer Can I use the LIR-PARTITIONED "status:" value in an inet6num object?

No, LIR-PARTITIONED status is only for IPv4 inetnum objects. The status values for inet6num objects are:

"ALLOCATED-BY-RIR" - For allocations made by an RIR to an LIR.

"ALLOCATED-BY-LIR" - For allocations made by an LIR or an LIR's downstream customer to another downstream organisation.

"ASSIGNED" - For assignments made to End User sites.

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