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[rpd] Legacy holders?

Nishal Goburdhan nishal at
Tue Jul 2 09:47:33 UTC 2019

On 01 Jul 2019, at 21:37, Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at> wrote:
> How would one compile such a list, i.e. a list of all 350 or so
> "legacy" Afrinic members?
> Surely there must be some way to do that, yes?
> Would the fastest way be to just simply plow through the whole
> Afrinic WHOIS data base and pluck out all ORGs that have one or
> more allocations in 196/8?

if you are looking for legacy resources, consider:
# most legacy space is not from 196/8.;   recall that 192/8 was the start of the legacy “class c” space, so, there will be blocks here that well predate 196/8 allocations.
# there are legacy “class B” holders;  obviously this won’t be in 196/8 either
# ASNs may also be considered legacy is meant to be a list of afrinic delegations;  along with a datestamp.  see, as an example: 

looking for “early” allocation like these, will be a good hint as to who might hold legacy resources.  in the example above, even thought at first glance, this might appear to be a legacy resource, you’ll see that the ORG that this is allocated to, is *not* considered legacy.  thus the ORG status, as non-legacy, trumps the resource status.

for your 196/x question;  i could suggest a WHOIS query, but, you’re bound to run afoul of the rate limits that the afrinic infrastructure team have on WHOIS queries  :-)
i’d suggest three things: 
# let the hostmasters answer your first question authoritatively  (i’m sure they’ve seen this thread by now)  
# sign the afrinic agreement  (ie. promise you’re not a spammer) that allows you to mirror afrinic whois data, so you can query at your leisure, or, 
# download the ftp file above;  and run time-spaced whois queries against that.  there are only 1071 196/8 allocations only

> OK.  Thanks.  What does a line like this specifiy?
>      org-type:       MEMBER-ONLY
> Is that a non-legacy organization?


“member-only” status, as seen here, is a non-resource holding member of afrinic.  as this is an afrinic construct, it would be, by definition, non-legacy.  if you find a case of this type of member holding resources, you should definitely point that out to the hostmaster team.


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