RIR Objects

IXP Manager can generate (and email) your RIR objects - for example your AS-SETs, AS object, etc - to your RIR for automatic updates / maintenance.

As a concreate example of this, see how INEX do this with our RIPE objects as follows:

Some RIRs, such as RIPE, has a facility to update these objects by email.

Configuration

The general form of the Artisan command is:

$ php artisan rir:generate-object --send-email      \
    --to=test-dbm@ripe.net                        \
    --from me@example.com  autnum

You can see the options by using the standard -h help switch with Artisan:

$ php artisan rir:generate-object -h
Usage:
  rir:generate-object [options] [--] <object>

Arguments:
  object                The RIR object template to use

Options:
      --send-email      Rather than printing to screen, sends and email for updating a RIR automatically
      --force           Send email even if it matches the cached version
      --to[=TO]         The email address to send the object to (if not specified then uses IXP_API_RIR_EMAIL_TO)
      --from[=FROM]     The email address from which the email is sent (if not specified, tries IXP_API_RIR_EMAIL_FROM and then defaults to IDENTITY_EMAIL)
  -h, --help            Display this help message
  -q, --quiet           Do not output any message

Help:
  This command will generate and display a RIR object (and optionally send by email)

You will note that without the --send-email switch, the command will print to standard output allowing you to consume the object and use it on another way.

NB: the generated object is stored in the cache when it is generated with --send-email for the first time. Future runs with --send-email will only resend the email if the generated object differs from the cached version. You can force an email to be sent with --force. Secondly, the cache used is a file system based cache irrespective of the CACHE_DRIVER .env settings. To wipe it, run: artisan cache:clear file.

The following options are available for use in the .env file:

#######################################################################################
# Options for updating RIR Objects - see https://docs.ixpmanager.org/features/rir-objects/

# Your RIR password to allow the updating of a RIR object by email:
IXP_API_RIR_PASSWORD=soopersecret

# Rather than specifiying the destination address on the command line, you can set it here
# (useful for cronjobs and required for use with artisan schedule:run in >=v5.0)
IXP_API_RIR_EMAIL_TO=test-dbm@ripe.net

# Rather than specifiying the from address on the command line, you can set it here
# (useful for cronjobs and required for use with artisan schedule:run in >=v5.0)
IXP_API_RIR_EMAIL_FROM=ixp@example.com

Objects and Templates

There are a number of predefined objects available under resources/views/api/v4/rir and skinning is the recommended way to add / edit these objects.

You can copy an existing template or create a new one. For example, if you wanted a template called my-as-set, you would create it under resources/skins/example/api/v4/rir/my-as-set.foil.php and then specify it to the Artisan command as:

$ php artisan rir:generate-object my-as-set

The template name must be lowercase, and contain only the characters: 0-9 a-z _ -.

Available Template Variables

  • $customers - complete Doctrine2 objects of all current external trafficing customers / members. You should be able to derive everything from this. Indexed by customer ID.
  • $asns - an associate array for the generation of an IXP AS object indexed by ASN containing elements:
  • ['asmacro'] - the member's AS macro (or the ASN if no macro);
  • ['name'] - the member's name
  • $rsclients - an associative array for the generation of an IXP's route server AS object. See the function definition for generateRouteServerClientDetails() in app/Tasks/Rir/Generator.php for details on the array structure.

Predefined Templates / Objects

autnum:

You'll find a standard template for an autnum: object at resources/views/api/v4/rir/autnum.foil.php; as well as INEX's own versions under resources/skins/inex/api/v4/rir/autnum-as2128.foil.phpandautnum-as43760.foil.php` for the IXP route collector and and route servers respectively.

Just copy one of these to your own skin directory and edit as appropriate.

AS-SET - Connected ASNs

You can create an AS-SET of connected ASNs / AS macros (see INEX's AS-SET-INEX-CONNECTED as an example) via the example template as-set-ixp-connected.

as-set: - Route Server ASNs

You can create an AS-SET of ASNs / AS macros connected to the route servers (see AS-SET-INEX-RS as an example) via the example template as-set-ixp-rs.

There's also templates for v4 and v6 only versions: as-set-ixp-rs-v4 and as-set-ixp-rs-v6.