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From Stefan Zoerner <>
Subject Re: Partition configurations [was Re: [CONF] Apache Directory SandBox: Draft - ... ]
Date Sun, 16 Nov 2008 17:29:43 GMT
Hi Emmanuel,

Thanks for snapping in the discussion! I will add some of your valuable 
information to the documentation.

Emmanuel Lecharny wrote:
> I will try to add some clarification about those partitions, because 
> it's not really something trivial.
> First, let's assume we are talking about 1.5 here.

Yes we do.

> A partition is nothing more than, to take an analogy, a mounting point 
> on a Unix filesystem. It has a root name (a DN in our case, and the 
> underlying storage can be whatever we want, byt from now on, a JDBM 
> based storage (we can perfectly set a partition to use BDB JE, as Kiran 
> implemented it, or Oracle, or MySql, as some of our users did).
> The main difference is that a partition _must_ be associated with an 
> entry. It's npt different from what you have on OpenLdap anyway.
> So let's sum up. You need :
> - a name ("dc=example,dc=com", for instance)
> - an alias in the configuration file ("example", here)
> - an underlying storage ( <jdbmPartition id="example"...)
> - and an entry which has to be injected in the server :
> dn: dc=example,dc=com
> ObjectClass: top
> ObjectClass: domain
> dc: example
> and that's pretty much it.

As far as I understand it, the alias in the configuration file is not 
necessaryeven a configuration file is not necessary (if you run ApacheDS 
in embedded mode).

The entry representing the name/suffix has not to be injected into the 
server, if the underlying partition implementation already has this entry.

Emmanuel, would you please take a look at my minimal partition 

which simply carries one entry

dn: ou=helloWorld
objectClass: top
objectClass: organizationalUnit
description: hello, world
description: a minimal partition
ou: helloWorld

It has not been injected, because it is the only one it has, and it is 
created during the init-method.

Any feedback would be helpful. Is this a valid partition (and yes, I 
have created something completely useless from a storage point of view 
-- it is just a starting point for all the guys trying to write their 
own partition).

I already have some questions. But I plan to stabilize my minimal 
example first in order to have something for the docs. In have a second 
example, which publishes the and their values as a 
tree in order to show more methods from the partition interface.

Greetings from Hamburg,

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