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Update/Delete an Unprotected Object on AFRINIC whois database

 How to Update/Delete Unprotected Object on Afrinic Whois.


Update/Delete an Unprotected Object

An unprotected object is one which can be modified or deleted without any authentication method. It is recommended to protect individual objects with a mntner object. The mntner is referenced by the "mnt-by:" attribute in the object (creation of mntner object is not explained on this page).

Note: After it has been created, the “person:” attribute cannot be updated. Same applies for the “role:” attribute. To update these attributes, you will have to delete the object and re-create it with the new value.

 

Follow the steps below to update an Unprotected object:

 

  1. Search for and load the object you want to update. On the Afrinic Whois client, click on "Query" tab. Type in the object you are looking for, click on the Checkbox next to "I'm not a robot", select the appropriate images and click on "Verify". After the human check is completed, click on "Search".
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  2. Hover your cursor over the "Serch Result" and click on "Update".
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3. In the example below we will update the address and add a second phone number.

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4. After the changes has been made, click on "Submit". You should see "Object Successfully Update!" below;

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5. You may query the Whois to verify the Person object. E.g the query "-rB john smith" now gives the output below;

 

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Follow the steps below to delete an Unprotected object:

 

Note that if the object is referenced in another object, you must first de-reference it from the object by modifying the object that contains it to remove the primary key of the object you want to delete. For example, you cannot delete a person object if it is still referenced in a role object, you must first modify the role object, remove the primary key of the person object, then you can delete the person object.

 

  1. Search for and load for modification the object you want to delete.
  2. Hover your cursor over the "Serch Result" and click on "Delete".
  3. You will get the screen below, enter your comment in the "Reason for Deletion" field at the bottom and click on "Delete".
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  4. If ever the object is referenced in another object, you will get the error message "Oh! You got an error!".
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  5. You must first de-reference it from the object by modifying the object. You need to do an inverse query with the 'primary key'(E.g JS37-AFRINIC) to find the other object.
  6. After you have de-referenced the object from the other object, perform step 3 again after which you will the "Object successfully deleted" message.
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