How to Create Contacts in the AfriNIC Whois Database
The AfriNIC whois database is made up of various types of "objects". An object that contains contact information about a person is called a person object, and is identified by a "nic-handle", or usually abbreviated as "nic-hdl". Once asked for an abuse or technical contact, simply submit a "nic-handle" that has been created in the AfriNIC whois database. To have a detailed information on the person object, click here
Creating a Person Object
To create a person object, follow the following procedure:
- Complete the returned person object template from your favourite text editor, say - Notepad in Windows, or emacs in Linux, or simply, copy and paste the object to your email program. The following is an example of a completed object:
Some lines have been deleted from the original template, such as "mnt-by", "org", etc... They add extra protection to the above object. Please refer to our database reference documents if you would like to create extra protection to your information.
If the object is successfully created, you will receive a success message with your new "nic-hdl". If it failed, you will also receive a "FAILED" message with a detailed error report including a reason for failure. Please ammend and try again.
You can now use the new nic-hdl as a technical, administrative or abuse contact. You can create as many nic-handles as you wish for the different types of contacts.
- The AfriNIC Objects Types Information
- The AfriNIC Database Reference Manual
- The AfriNIC Database User Guide