I'm connected to 2 BGP peers; They both give me a filtered table that includes a default + about 30K prefixes each (not a full table). For prefixes that I do receive, I simply let BGP use it's prefix-length algorithm to select the best route. For prefixes that I don't receive (ie: the "default" applies) I favor BGP peer 1. The problem is, for one particular prefix that I don't receive from either BGP peer (ie: the default would apply), I'd like to favor BGP peer 2, not the usual peer 1. I know I could easily do this using a static route, but that doesn't sound quite right, because if I add a static route towards peer 2's router and the route drops, the static route would "stick" and I will not be able to push any traffic to that prefix. If I can find a BGP mechanism to do the same, I can prefer a route to BGP peer 2, but if that route is not available, the route to BGP peer 1 would be used.
To manipulate my out-bound routes I'm using route-maps that set the an equal local-preference for outbound traffic towards received prefixes so BGP's default prefix-list-length algorithm is used, and I'm setting a higher preference for outbound traffic using the "default" route for BGP peer 1.
Unfortunately I have no idea how to use a route-map to do this for my special prefix, because no object with that prefix exists in the system: as far as both BGP peers are concerned, it is handled by the "default" route.
Quagga for my routing, so BGP is not the only available protocol. A Cisco-style solution wold be fine as well, since I suspect I'm lacking some basic knowledge and any nudge in the right direction would help me find my way.
Here's my bgpd.conf file, edited to remove personal information; Hopefully I didn't over do it:
router bgp 12345 bgp router-id 10.0.0.1 network 10.0.0.0/24 redistribute connected ! neighbor 10.0.1.1 remote-as 22222 neighbor 10.0.1.1 ebgp-multihop 3 neighbor 10.0.1.1 next-hop-self neighbor 10.0.1.1 distribute-list distrib-out out neighbor 10.0.1.1 route-map INBGP1 in ! neighbor 10.0.2.1 remote-as 11111 neighbor 10.0.2.1 ebgp-multihop 10 neighbor 10.0.2.1 next-hop-self neighbor 10.0.2.1 distribute-list distrib-out out neighbor 10.0.2.1 route-map INBGP2 in ! access-list distrib-out permit 10.0.0.0/24 ! access-list is-default permit 0.0.0.0/0 exact-match ! route-map INBGP2 permit 10 set metric 2 set ip next-hop 126.96.36.199 on-match next ! route-map INBGP2 permit 20 match ip address is-default set local-preference 101 on-match goto 1000 ! route-map INRTC permit 30 set local-preference 110 set metric 1 ! route-map INBGP2 permit 10 set metric 1 on-match next ! route-map INBGP1 permit 20 match ip address is-default set local-preference 200 on-match goto 1000 ! route-map INBGP1 permit 30 set local-preference 110 set metric 1