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Re: How to Delete Objects from the RADB
From: Selina Priestley <selina () ans net>
Date: Thu, 25 May 1995 16:41:12 -0400

This is very nice.  Thanks!  

I think it's important to note specifically that the changed: attribute 
cannot be altered either in order for a delete to be accepted, since this 
is counter-intuitive for some folks (uh, me ;-).  


A number of you have had problems when you tried to delete an object
from the RADB.  Here is a brief tutorial on the subject.  If you 
have additional questions, please send a note to db-admin () ra net 


                   How to Delete Objects from the RADB
 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and network operators will often need
 to delete Route objects, AS objects, or Maintainer objects from the
 RADB.  You'll need to delete a Route object (and submit a new one), for
 example, if:
   --You are changing ISPs and need to change the origin AS (Home AS) for
     your route
   --You are no longer using a particular route prefix
   --You are moving to a larger aggregate and want to delete a more
     specific prefix
 If you want to change any of the following attributes, you'll first need
 to delete the object, and then re-submit the corrected one:
      Object                   Field
      -----                    -----
      Route                    route:
      AS                       aut-num:
      Maintainer               mntner:
 Follow these instructions to delete an object from the RADB:
 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.  For
         whois -h whois.ra.net > temp
 2. Edit the 'temp' file you've created.  If the file contains more than
    one object, remove the extra objects so that only the object or
    objects you want to delete remain.
 3. Do not change any lines in the object(s) you want to delete.  Simply
    append a line such as the following to the objects:
         delete:  user () your net <reason for the deletion>
    To delete more than one object, append a 'delete:' line to each object
    and separate each object by a blank line.  Your 'temp' file might then
    look like this:

       route:       10.1.2/24
         descr:       Example-NET
       origin:      AS0
       mnt-by:      AS0-MNT
       changed:     pern () Example-NET 950525
       source:      RADB
       delete:      user () your net prefix no longer used

       route:       10.1.3/24
       descr:       Example-NET
       origin:      AS0
       comm-list:   COMM_NSFNET
       advisory:    AS690 1:701(136) 2:701(134) 3:1800
       mnt-by:      AS0-MNT
       changed:     pern () Example-NET 950525
       source:      RADB
       delete:      user () your net prefix no longer used
 4. Submit the object to auto-dbm () ra net   For example:
         mail auto-dbm () ra net < temp
 If you have further questions about deleting RADB objects, send e-mail
 to db-admin () ra net 

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