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From "Emmanuel Lecharny (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DIRSERVER-604) Support for ":<" LDIF syntax in ApacheDS
Date Wed, 10 May 2006 05:16:31 GMT
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Emmanuel Lecharny commented on DIRSERVER-604:

Well, the (a) is possible, but a little bit overkilling. We are supposed to send data to the
server which will check their sanity against the schema internally. Of course, as we are connected
to the server, we could ask for the schema.

The (b) seems to be a better soltion. However, just keep in mind that when importing files,
you are supposed to put them into binary data (like jpegPhoto). I don't know if it makes sense
to inject text into an attribute like 'givename' or 'description'. I guess that the initial
intent of G. Good was to support a kind of ldap BLOB, so the data are supposed to be binary.

I must admit that I suffered from this UTF-8/ISO8859-1 format when injecting data into a ldap
server, so your idea seems to be a good solution. I have added a method to deal with imported
files that could take an encoding as a parameter (it was not committed), so we can easily
extended the :< operation the way you suggested.

Last thing, remember that in any case, attributes are always stored as byte[], not as UTF-8
Strings, except if the schema tells that the attributeType is not binary. Here is the transformations
applied to an attribute value if you send it through a Ldap client :

initial data      ASN.1                ASN.1              Storage
                      encoding           decoding           
UTF-8   ------> byte[] -----------> byte[] ---------> if attributeType is binary,
byte[], String(UTF-8) otherwise
binary   ------> byte[] -----------> byte[] ---------> if attributeType is binary,
byte[], String(UTF-8) otherwise

So if the file contains binary data, it will *not* be transformed in any case, except if you
fill a textual attributeType.

> Support for ":<" LDIF syntax in ApacheDS
> ----------------------------------------
>          Key: DIRSERVER-604
>          URL:
>      Project: Directory ApacheDS
>         Type: New Feature

>   Components: ldap
>  Environment: N/A
>     Reporter: Norbert Reilly
>     Assignee: Emmanuel Lecharny
>  Attachments: rfc2849 _inclusion_support.patch, rfc2849 _inclusion_support.patch, test_inclusion.ldif,
> I have need to import potentially long files via LDAP and noted that
> rfc2849 mentioned the ":<" operator allowing an attribute's value to
> be provided by "including" the contents of a URL.
> I have added the support for ":<" by enhancing
> in
> trunks/shared/ldap .

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