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How to create AS-SET on AFRINIC WHOIS database?

To begin with go to:

  1. Click on “Create Object”
  2. Select “as-set” to specify the type of object you want to create.
  3. Click on “Load” to load the as-set object template.



The as-set object template will load. Fill in the information that is mandatory, an example is show below:


Refer to the next page for more details on the as-set object attributes.

  1. “as-set:” – This attribute defines the name of the set which must start with ‘as-‘. It can be a hierarchical name with components separated by a colon (‘:’). At least one component must be anas-set name. The others can be more set names or AS Numbers. All the set name components of a hierarchical name have to be as-set names. For more details see the section on sets.

  2. “descr:” – A short description related to the object.

  3. "admin-c:" – NIC Handle, of either a role or person object. The reference must be the contact details of an on-site administrative contact. This contact may be a single person, or it may be a role within the organisation that more than one person takes on. These people may or may not be listed in the role object.

  4. "tech-c:" – NIC Handle, of either a role or person object. The reference must be the contact details of a technical contact. This contact may be a single person, or it may be a role within the organisation that more than one person takes on. These people may or may not be listed in the roleobject.

  5. “mnt-by:” – Specifies the maintainer of your organization to protect the route object. In most cases the “mnt-by” will be same as the “mnt-lower” in the inetnum/inet6num and the “mnt-routes” in the aut-num object. You may identify the mnt-lower/mnt-routes by querying the AFRINIC Whois( with your inetnum/inet6num or ASN.

  6. “members:” – These attributes list the direct members of the set. They can be either lists of AS Numbers, or other as-set names.

  7. “changed:”  - The email address of the person creating/updating the route object.

  8. “source:” – This is already filled for you.

  9. You may add other attributes by ‘drag-n-drop’  into the text area;

    (i) “mbrs-by-ref:” –  These attributes can be used in all set objects. They allow indirect population of a set. If this attribute is used, the set also includes objects of the corresponding type (aut-num objects for as-set, for example) that are protected by one of these maintainers and whose "member-of:" attributes refer to the name of the set. If the value of a "mbrs-by-ref:" attribute is ANY, any object of the corresponding type referring to the set is a member of the set. If there are no "mbrs-by-ref:" attributes, the set is defined explicitly by the "members:" attributes. 

    (ii) "remarks:" – this optional attribute can be any free format text, within the allowable encoding. This attribute can even have a blank value and be used as a spacer to separate different parts of the information in an object.

    (iii) “org:” – the ORG-HDL of the organisation responsible for this resource.

    (iv) “mnt-lower:” – When creating hierarchical sets, more specific object creations can be authorised using the “mnt-lower:”, if present. Otherwise the “mnt-by:” mntner objects can be used for authorisation.

  10. Password – You will need to specify the password in clear-text of the maintainer specified as the “mnt-by”.

  11. Click on “Create” when you have filled in all the mandatory attributes and provided the maintainer password.


Note: You may hover your cursor on the attributes in the right-pane to get more details and information on the syntax to be used.



on Sunday March 25 by duksh
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