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How to Modify Objects in the RADB via Email

To modify an object in the RADB, simply use a text editor or your email client software to revise a copy of the object, and email the revised object to auto-dbm@radb.net. The new object will automatically replace the old one.

Here is an example of updating a mntner object:

  1. Use the whois tool to get a copy of the object exactly as it currently exists in the registry. Put the object in a temporary file. In this example, we will update a ficticious mntner object -- MAINT-AS64242.

    
    	whois -h whois.radb.net MAINT-AS64242 > temp
             
    
    We will pretend this returns the following:
    	mntner:         MAINT-AS64242
    	descr:          Acme Pine Box Corp.
    	admin-c:        Burt Ward
    	tech-c:         Drew Henson
    	upd-to:         techs@acmepinebox.com
    	mnt-nfy:        techs@acmepinebox.com
    	auth:		CRYPT-PW Cka349alkIIla
    	mnt-by:         MAINT-AS64242
    	changed:        burt@acmepinebox.com 20060331
    	source:         RADB
    
  2. Edit the 'temp' file you've created, making the desired changes/additions to the attributes. From the above example, the descr:, admin-c, and changed: attributes will be modified. Note that the changed: attribute should contain the email address of the individual submitting the update and today's date encoded in YYYYMMDD format.

    IMPORTANT: The new object will completely replace the existing object, and thus it is imperative to include all unmodified attributes along with the changed/added attributes. If you are using password (CRYPT-PW) authentication, you must also include a "password:" line at the beginning of the message with your password. This line should be separate from the actual objects to be submitted. Only one password line is required in the message.

    	password:	Asekrit42
    
    	mntner:         MAINT-AS64242
    	descr:		Acme Pine Box & Furniture Corp.
    	admin-c:	Fred Taylor
    	tech-c:         Bob Young
    	upd-to:         techs@acmepinebox.com
    	mnt-nfy:        techs@acmepinebox.com
    	auth:		CRYPT-PW Cka349alkIIla
    	mnt-by:         MAINT-AS64242
    	changed:        bob@acmepinebox.com 20060401
    	source:         RADB
    
  3. Email the object to auto-dbm@radb.net. For example, on a Unix system you could use the following:
    
             mail auto-dbm@radb.net < temp
    
  4. After recieving a reply from auto-dbm stating that the submission succeeded, check your changes:
    
            > whois -h whois.radb.net MAINT-AS64252
    
    	mntner:         MAINT-AS64242
    	descr:		Acme Pine Box & Furniture Corp.
    	admin-c:	Fred Taylor
    	tech-c:         Bob Young
    	upd-to:         techs@acmepinebox.com
    	mnt-nfy:        techs@acmepinebox.com
    	auth:		CRYPT-PW Cka349alkIIla
    	mnt-by:         MAINT-AS64242
    	changed:        bob@acmepinebox.com 20060401
    	source:         RADB
    

For more information about submitting database records, see How to Register in the RADB.




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