[PATCH] Do not use -V on RIPE/Bird WHOIS queries

Faidon Liambotis paravoid at debian.org
Fri Jan 7 18:07:08 UTC 2011

Marco d'Itri wrote:
>> We began investigating the issue after an upgrade of our internal WHOIS
>> server to 3.10; specifically, irrtoolset was getting "address passing
>> not allowed" and then banned.
>> Naturally, at first I thought it was a bug in the new version of whoisd.
> And it was, it broke rpsltool too.
> I reported it to RIPE and they fixed it without further comments.

Ah, good to know we're not alone!

In which version was it fixed? Latest is 3.10.1 and seems to be still

>> However, RIPE's own database query reference manual[1] says:
> I am aware of how -V is (badly) documented, but since the feature is
> obviously not going away I see no reason to remove it from rpsltool.

The documentation that I referenced is clear, goes back almost a decade
(RIPE-223, July 2001) and is still present in the current version of the
reference manual.

Are you suggesting that using it as a user-agent field is de facto usage
of the field because of all the servers and clients that didn't
implement it correctly? Or is there contradictory documentation somewhere?

I don't particulary mind, but if that's the case perhaps we should ask
RIPE to adjust their documentation.


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