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From Emmanuel LŽcharny <elecha...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: About Delete operation
Date Thu, 04 Feb 2010 16:44:17 GMT
Ludovic Poitou a écrit :
> On Feb 4, 2010, at 4:42 PM, Emmanuel Lecharny wrote:
>
>   
>> Hi,
>>
>> LDAP protocol does not allow someone to delete a full tree with a delete
>> operation. Microsoft added a control (1.2.840.113556.1.4.805 - subtree
>> delete) to provide such a feature. ADS and OpenDS both support it.
>>
>> My question is : should we have a specific deleteTree() method in the
>> API, or should we expect the user to add the subtreeDelete control to a
>> standard DeleteRequest in order to do the same thing ?
>>     
>
> I don't think we want to encourage people to use the tree delete operation.
> It is dangerous and is often restricted to very specific accounts.
>
> So I don't think it is important to have a deleteTree method. Even more, I think it's
preferable not to have one.
>
>
>   
>> Right now, we have implemented a programmatic approach of the subtree
>> delete operation this way :
>> - if the server supports the subtree delete control, then send the del
>> request with this control
>> - else recursively delete all the children
>>     
>
> Are you saying that this is your client side implementation of the deleteTree() method
?
>
>
>   
>> This is a very costly approach, as there is no way to be sure that an
>> entry is a leaf or has some children but reading the entry (or trying to
>> delete each entry, and if unsuccessful, consider that the entry has
>> children, and recurse).
>>     
>
> Rather than recursing, you could do a subtree search from the base, retrieve only DNs,
sort them in reverse order of reception (in OpenDS and DSEE parents are always returned before
children entries) and delete them one by one. 
> This is the scripted approach taken by many customers for servers that do not support
the control.
>   

I agree. Let's the user send the control if he wants to delete a full tree.


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