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Re: [ncc-services-wg] New service: ip2asn

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  • From: Joe St Sauver < >
  • Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 17:51:23 -0700 (PDT)
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#3)  "Routeviews project now has a test/static asn zone up that you can try"
#    % dig txt
#    comments: interesting idea but at the time it was still under
#    development.

It's a production service now, and gets rebuilt and reloaded twice a day; 
DMM announced it on NANOG, for example. 

The comment was also offered:

#    strange replies on non-matched IPs, e.g. try
#    host -t txt

Zen-like question: for dotted quads not in the routing table, what *should*
be returned? One postulated answer: 4294967295 ==> "route not in table"
You could pick some other "magic" number, but I think this one should serve
the purpose just fine. :-)

Regarding the other ip2asn methods, I'm happy having a thousand methods 
bloom, so long as they enhance the ability of folks to tie dotted quads to a 
relevant responsible entity. :-)



P.S. Also note that in addition to the asn zone, an aspath zone is also 
available, provided in part to deal with any attempt to interpose 
"throw away" stub ASNs to shelter "real" ASNs; it is available by querying

host -t txt $

Be sure to anticipate and plan for the possibility of multiple aspath txt
records being returned in response to a query.

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