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From Howard Chu <>
Subject Re: [LDAP] Mimic RDBMS auto-increment feature in LDAP
Date Wed, 14 Jan 2009 08:20:45 GMT
David Boreham wrote:
> Emmanuel Lecharny wrote:
>> The thing is that Pierre-Arnaud is moving away from a RDBMS system ;)
>> But the applications are using Integers and Longs for IDs...
> Right, and I'd say either 1) Don't move from the RDBMS, or 2) Change the
> applications to not expect integers.
> Do not do 3) : attempt to make the DS behave like the RDBMS.

In this particular case, there's nothing special about auto-incrementing 
values that makes them more suited to RDBMSs or a directory. Like so many data 
management issues, the problems (and solutions) are the same, whether you wrap 
in them in relational trappings or hierarchical.

The DNA plugin that was written for FedoraDS uses the same strategy that MySQL 
uses for auto-incrementing numbers - allocate a span of numbers to a given 
node, where every node's span is disjoint. There's no particular reason not to 
keep going with this approach, if it's too hard to change the rest of the 
software. There's nothing inherently "relational" about this feature.

   -- Howard Chu
   CTO, Symas Corp. 
   Director, Highland Sun
   Chief Architect, OpenLDAP

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