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RIPE Whois Server version 3.3.0

ripe database news announcement

We are pleased to announce the release of version 3.3.0 of the RIPE Whois server.

Major changes to the software include the following:

  • People upgrading from 3.2.0 need to read the file UPDATE-DB-3.3.0.
  • The source tree has heavily been modified; build system now makes full use of autoconf/automake.
  • We have added new options to the configure script. You can choose RPSL variants during configure by using --with-rpslvariant. You can turn RDNS off or on by using the --with-rdns option.
  • The LIMERICK object type has been upgraded to more the general POEM and POETIC-FORM object types. You can find a complete description of this change at:
  • We have added a Reverse DNS registry checking mechanism. Since this is a specialised requirement for the software, it is initially turned off by default.
  • We have included a Perl RPSL library in the distribution.
  • We have implemented abuse mailbox changes, by adding a few new query options and changes to the default output. You can see a full list of changes at:
  • We have changed the name of the server binary: whois_rip is now whois-server.
  • We have included the ORGANISATION object type.
  • We have included RPSL-NG facilities in the main branch of the software.
    This conforms to the RFC at:
  • IRT and MNTNER object creation is now automatic.
  • dbupdate is now x-509 aware, along with the related KEY-CERT objects.

You can find more information on the implementation at:

You can download this release by anonymous FTP from the following URL:

You can also check out the release from CVS, which includes test cases, using the following CVS commands:

cvs -d :pserver:anonymous@localhost:/cvsroot login
cvs -d :pserver:anonymous@localhost:/cvsroot co -r \
release_3_3_0 whoisserver

If you have any questions, please contact ripe-dbm@localhost.