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From Stefan Zoerner <>
Subject Re: [Terminology] Partition?
Date Sun, 01 Apr 2007 09:38:44 GMT
Ole Ersoy wrote:
> When we talk about a partition we are talking about
> something like
> DN: ou=system right?

Hi Ole!

One thing I miss in the discussion is the fact that Partition is also an 
Interface (ApacheDS specific) to an entry storage (in package
ApacheDS comes with a default implementation based on JDBM. Most users 
use this and configure it with MutableBTreePartitionConfiguration in the 
server.xml file or programmatically.  But experienced users can program 
their own implementations based on the storage system of their choice. A 
partition could also be a proxy to another LDAP servers naming context.

Thus partition is primarily a concept specific to ApacheDS which 
abstracts from the concrete physical storage implementation. LDAP 
clients are not aware of partitions. They only know which naming 
contexts exist (query the RootDSE).

By the way: Netscape Directory Server (and along with it Sun, Fedora 
etc.) has a comparable concept. But they call a partition "suffix" or 


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