There are two different sets of query flags that can be used to query the RADB. whois.radb.net supports queries with both types of flags.
! RADB Query Flags - RIPE Query Flags
In any one query you cannot combine a RIPE flag with a RADB flag.
If you plan on making a large number of queries please invoke a persistent tcp/ip session. This is done by telneting directly to whois.radb.net and issuing the !! command. This will spare our server having to establish and teardown connections for every query.
Example: [darkstar ~]$ telnet whois.radb.net 43 Trying 22.214.171.124... Connected to whois.radb.net. Escape character is '^]'. !! 192.168.0.0/16 % No entries found for the selected source(s). 126.96.36.199 route: 188.8.131.52/16 descr: MERIT Network Inc. descr: 4251 Plymouth Rd descr: Ann Arbor descr: MI 48105-2785, USA origin: AS237 mnt-by: MAINT-AS237 changed: email@example.com 20001115 source: SAVVIS q Connection closed by forExample host. [darkstar ~]$
IRRd specific commands:
!g Get routes with specified origin. Example: % whois -h whois.radb.net '\!gas237' !6 Get IPv6 routes with specified origin. e.g., !6as1234. This is the IPv6 equivalent of the '!g' command. ! Return members of an as-set or route-set. Optionally, recursively expand members of all sets within the named set. !iAS-ESNETEU # non-recursive, don't expand # any embedded as-set's !iAS-ESNETEU,1 # expand any embedded as-set's !iRS-FOOBAR,1 # recusive expansion of a route-set !j performs distributed checks on database synchronization. This command makes it possible to view the mirror status (oldest journal number, CURRENTSERIAL) for a database. If a : is present after the range, the database was last exported at that serial number. For example: !jRADB,RIPE,, !j-* # Show all databases Output: A RADB:Y:1000-2000 VERIO:Y:3500-4500:4000 RIPE:N:0-666 FOO:X: BAR:X: C Y means that the database is mirrorable. N means that the database is not mirrorable, but the local IRRd server is reporting the current serial number. You can use this option to check for updates. The first number will _always_ be zero. The second number may be zero if the CURRENTSERIAL file doesn't exist. X means that the database doesn't exist, or the local server is denying information about an existing database for administrative reasons. Returned databases are canonicalized to upper case. !m Match an object of the specified type with the specified key. Return immediately after first match. Example, !maut-num,as701 #lookup aut-num object Example, !mmntner,maint-as237 #lookup mntner object !n Identify the tool for statistics/logging purposes. Example, !nRoe !o Display all objects maintained by a given mntner name. Example, !oMAINT-AS237 ! Quit the IRRd session. Example, !q !r Perform route searches. Default finds exact prefix/len match. o - return origin of exact match(es) l - one-level less specific L - all less specific M - all more specific Example, !r141.211.128/24,l !s Set the sources to the specified list. Default is all sources. Default search order is the order in which sources are configured in the irrd-conf file. Example, !sradb,ripe,savvis lc - show the currently selected sources Example, !s-lc !v Provide the IRRd version number. Example, !v
RIPE specific commands we support
-s Set the sources to the specified list. Example -s radb -m First level more specifics of a route object Example: -m 184.108.40.206/20 -M All level more specifics of a route object Example: -M 220.127.116.11/20 -l First level less spefics of a route object Example -l 18.104.22.168/20 -L All levels less specfics of a route object Example -L 22.214.171.124/20 -i mnt-by Find objects associated(mnt-by) a specified maintainer Example -i mnt-by MAINT-AS237 -i origin Find objects with a specified origin AS Example: -i origin AS237 -t Show the template for specified object type Example: -t route -k Establish a persistent connection Like the !! command, this prevents the closure of the connection after the initial query -K Return only primary key for specified object Example: -K MAINT-AS237 -T Return only objects of specified type Example: -T route 126.96.36.199/20 -g for mirroring purposes