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From "Emmanuel Lecharny (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DIRSERVER-760) reading .schema files at server start-up
Date Thu, 09 Nov 2006 08:00:39 GMT
    [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DIRSERVER-760?page=comments#action_12448389 ] 
            
Emmanuel Lecharny commented on DIRSERVER-760:
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The idea beneath Ldap stored schema is to be able to change the schema on a live ADS, withour
restarting the server. Sometime, you create an AttributeType, but you may want to modify an
element of it (like the Matching Rule or whatever), without having the possibility to stop
and start the server again - production servers, for instance -. (I mean, you don't *do* this
kind of manipulations on production servers, but you may want to inject the tested and validated
schema on a production server withour stopping it). This will allow cool administration operations.

Ok, this is not really urgent... Let's postpone this "idea"

1.a) Spring/maven 
There is not so much "behavior" we need to add to schema objects. Matching rules are pretty
much stable, and I never heard about anyone who wanted to add a matching rule. But obviously,
tthis is something we might want to do, as ADS coders. I f we have to deal with a mechanism
which will load a jar, then we will have to create our own classloader for that, I think.
Don't know at this point. We should discuss this point, maybe in another thread. ATM, isolating
core behavior in the server in a sub-project could be an idea.

2) Not a pb. We will handle this smoothly.



> reading .schema files at server start-up
> ----------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: DIRSERVER-760
>                 URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DIRSERVER-760
>             Project: Directory ApacheDS
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: core
>    Affects Versions: 1.5.1
>         Environment: N/A
>            Reporter: Norval Hope
>         Attachments: schema_branch.patch, schema_branch.patch, schema_loader.patch
>
>
> I am submitting a patch for a feature I required, and which I've seen a number of queries
about on the DEV list. Currently the only way to get new .schema information into ApacheDS
is to use the Maven2 plugin, requiring a rebuild of the server (not to mention working around
problems like methods being generated which are too long for Java to handle).
> Instead this patch adds support for reading of  specified .schema files from server.xml
at server startup, via a new interface SchemaLoader and a default implementation FileSystemSchemaLoader.
The latter supports reading all files matching a specified regex in a specified directory
(in which case users must be careful to ensure that files appear lexicographically before
their dependant files, ala init.rc in Linux) or reading an ordered list of file names under
a specified directory. An example server.xml snippet is as follows:
>     <property name="bootstrapSchemas">
>       <set>
>         <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.bootstrap.AutofsSchema"/>
>         <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.bootstrap.CorbaSchema"/>
>         <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.bootstrap.CoreSchema"/>
>         <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.bootstrap.CosineSchema"/>
>         <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.bootstrap.ApacheSchema"/>
>         <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.bootstrap.CollectiveSchema"/>
>         <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.bootstrap.InetorgpersonSchema"/>
>         <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.bootstrap.JavaSchema"/>
>         <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.bootstrap.Krb5kdcSchema"/>
>         <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.bootstrap.NisSchema"/>
>         <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.bootstrap.SystemSchema"/>
>         <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.bootstrap.ApachednsSchema"/>
>       </set>
>     </property>
>     <property name="schemaLoaders">
>         <list>
>             <bean class="org.apache.directory.server.core.schema.FileSystemSchemaLoader">
>                 <constructor-arg><value>./</value></constructor-arg>
>                 <!--<constructor-arg><value>.*_openldap.schema</value></constructor-arg>-->
>                 <constructor-arg>
>                     <list>
>                         <value>my1_openldap.schema</value>
>                         <value>my2_openldap.schema</value>
>                     </list>
>                 </constructor-arg>
>             </bean>
>         </list>
>     </property>
> noting that the Maven2 style approach is of course still supported where desired. A list
is used so that multiple SchemaLoader implementations can be appended if required (which I
do). 
> I have also included SchemaFromSearchConverter which can read a schema from another directory
via conventional query, which may come in useful for people using ApacheDS as a virtual directory
container of sorts. It is not required by the core patch and can be excluded if no generic
use is seen for it.
> A few issues are still outstanding:
>    1. Is the patch seen as worthwhile by the DEV list and/or are there any issues with
my implementation of it?
>    2. At it's core the patch uses the OpenLdapSchemaParser to read the .schema files,
which is currently only available in the Maven2 plugin artifact     
> <groupId>org.apache.directory.server</groupId>
> <artifactId>apacheds-core-plugin</artifactId>
>    
>     which is a bit clunky as it means people need to include this jar in their classpath
(or in the UberJar). Perhaps this parsing component should be separated from the rest of the
maven plugin to tidy this up (I don't know maven well enough to do this myself).
>    
>    3. If the feature and implementation are ok, what further steps should I take re preparing
the patch for inclusion?
> Thanks (by the way I was previously known as Norbert Reilly)

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