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Delegations for whois servers.

From: Mats Erik Andersson
Subject: Delegations for whois servers.
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2020 15:36:23 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

Hello there,

the recent revision of network delegations I recently undertook
in a commit, only rather large address chunks were updated. Now I
learned about ERX, Early Registration Transfer, where the first
few years of this century witnessed a large scale splitting,
and ensuing transfer to new authorities, of the old B-class
and C-class IP-ranges. I was made aware of this matter for APNIC.

I need advice as to the desirability to implement these in our
file `whois/ip_del_list'. It would mean entering a lot of 16-bit
ranges down to 24-bit ranges, shattered rather arbitrarily over
the old classes. Clearly, this would improve the usability of
our WHOIS client, but also increase its size due to hardcoded
delegation data. I noticed the issue when my client included in
OpenIndiana provided me with more relevant answers than did our client.

Another question: The client found in Solaris offers a program
switch directing the query to Route Arbiter Database (whois.radb.net)
where large amounts of information on numeric networks are
easily available. Would you welcome a similar addition to
our client?

  Mats E A

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