IM based BGP route-server interface

mkarir mkarir at
Wed Aug 12 11:26:22 CDT 2009


Thanks to all who responded and provided useful feedback.  We had an
overwhelmingly positive response.  We have incorporated a bunch of
comments into the new version of the bot that is currently live.
Some of the most visible changes are:
   - added minimal support for ping and traceroute from the bot  
   - added a new aslookup command to provide a quick conversion of
     AS numbers to names and names to as numbers
   - added a show ip bgp view command to list possible views that can
      be queried
   - added support for cisco shortcuts
   - IPv6 bgp views should be available soon as well.
   - the jabber version of the bot was moved to a new server.

The new versions of the bots are currently live at:
AIM: bgpbotz
Jabber: bgpbotz at

We would be happy to add more BGP views to the bot if anyone is  
willing to
provide us with a BGP feed.  So far we have only received 1 BGP feed  
The new version of the bot code has been updated on the website as well
if folks want to give that a shot.

Comments and feedback are welcome and appreciated.

Eric Wustrow and Manish Karir
(Merit Network Inc.)

> Date: Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 10:06 PM
> Subject: IM based BGP route-server interface
> To: nanog at
> All,
> We have been experimenting with Instant Messaging as
> an interface for providing easier access to a route-server.
> (no longer need to telnet xyz or use annoying web forms).
> We have essentially created a BGP chat bot.  You can
> reach it by adding AIM: bgpbotz ( or Jabber: bgpbotz at
> to your buddy list.
> Just type 'help' or '?' to get started or 'examples'.  Most normal  
> route-server
> queries are supported.  You should be able to view routes
> from Merit's perspective by querying bgpbotz.
> We would really appreciate any feedback on this project.
> The website is at:
> As bgpbotz is essentially just a query interface to an underlying
> route-server we would be happpy to add your BGP feeds to our
> installation and make them available as "views" for other people
> to query.  Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in
> setting this up.  Alternately you can download the chat bot
> code from the website and run it yourself.  In that case please
> let us know so that we can add your bot to the project website.
> All comments are welcome.
> Thanks
> Eric Wustrow
> Manish Karir
> (Merit Network Inc.)

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