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From Ole Ersoy <>
Subject Re: [Terminology] Partition?
Date Sun, 01 Apr 2007 18:53:30 GMT
Hey Stefan!

I just sent out a reworked definition
per your and Emmanuels explanations, but forgot
to add this:

A partition could also be a proxy to another LDAP servers naming context.

Should we add that?

Thanks for all the explanation guys!  I hope the definition
is starting to look a little more solid :-)

- Ole

Stefan Zoerner wrote:
> 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 
> "database".
> Greetings,
>    Stefan

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