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ipid.shat.net is permanently offline

Posted December 16, 2017 by shaun

Please be advised that the ipid.shat.net IP address echo service has been permanently discontinued.

Way back in 1999, when many of us still got a new IP address every time we dialed into the internet, I set up a page at ipid.shat.net with a server-side include (remember those?) to echo the value of REMOTE_ADDR. That little service caught on quickly. It was added into several dynamic DNS clients and various other projects with a need to determine the user's IP. I eventually took the service down in 2013, given the myriad other options available; you can just Google "IP address" to get it, now.

In late 2017, I was debugging a DNS issue and was surprised to see how many queries were still coming in for the ipid label. I decided to spin the site back up on a spare VPS and see what sort of traffic it would get. After leaving it running for a few days, it eclipsed 500 hits per second (!) and the socket churn began to overwhelm the VM. Instead of investing time or money into scaling out a redundant and obviated service, it felt like time to retire it for good. Rest in peace, ipid.

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