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[AfriNIC-rpd] abuse contact information in whois database

Alex Lawani alex at
Thu Jun 17 15:11:16 UTC 2010

Dear Tobias,

Your assertion that the IRT object can be used as its already in the WHOIS database is quite right. From a development standpoint this would be the preferred solution as it would be the easier one to implement- all that would be required would be to essentially make myAfriNIC (i.e. our web-based portal for managing internet resources) aware of the new object. On the flipside, implementing an abuse-c attribute (along the same lines of say a tech-c or an admin-c) would additionally involve adding that attribute to the applicable objects (e.g. aut-num, inetnum and inet6num, for instance), creating the necessary database entries for it and, of course, specifying the logic for updating, deleting and creating its records. Its certainly doable but provides no discernable benefit over the (pre-existing) IRT object which seems to be a tailor-made solution for this issue. If we opt to go the IRT object route expect it to take roughly a month to implement, else if we go the way of adding abuse-c attributes to certain objects then I reckon it'll take a little longer. In either case it should not take more than sixty days (max). Hope this helps.


Alex Lawani
Software Engineer
AfriNIC, Ltd.
Email: alex at
AIM: ilawani

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