[ARIN-Suggestions] Response to Suggestion 2013.4 -CHANGE WHOIS OUTPUT FOR CERTAIN /8 RECORDS

ARIN info at arin.net
Tue Mar 26 15:04:25 EDT 2013

ARIN has issued its initial response to ACSP Suggestion 2013.4. The 
suggestion and response text are provided below. This suggestion remains 
open and is available at:



Communications and Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

Suggestion: *

I would like ARIN to consider and act on this request so suppress the 
RIR /8 output when a more specific DA or DS exists, and instead, display 
the DA or DS.

This is specify for 154/8 however I feel it should cover any space ARIN 
has in it's registry.

This request is intended to allow the referrals for the specific space 
to be returned.

Please see ARIN-20130219.211 for additional information behind this request.


Thank you for your suggestion. This behavior started when Whois-RWS 
rolled out in March 2011. The issue exists only with ERX space (where 
another RIR is authoritative for the /8). We don't show /8's in ARIN 
space if the query hits a DA or DS record. It does break RWhois 
referrals, but as far as we know, that is all that it breaks. So ARIN 
essentially has 2 choices here:

- Continue to show the majority RIR when someone looks up an IP address 
outside of the ARIN region or

-Stop showing the ERX /8 record, which fixes the rwhois referral 
problem. But keep in mind, if we remove the /8 for the minority /8s, we 
won't be telling folks which RIR has the block they're looking for.

We believe that it would be prudent to put this suggestion, with 
potential solutions, out to the community as a consultation in order to 
get additional feedback on this issue. Please be sure to add your 
opinion to the consultation.
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