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From Emmanuel Lecharny <>
Subject Re: [LDIF partition] File names
Date Sat, 05 Sep 2009 21:45:01 GMT
Alex Karasulu wrote:
> I think it's a waste of time trying to force fit the FS namespace to the
> LDAP namespace.  I think we should just load LDIF files if they exist in or
> below some partition directory.  They can contain any LDIF and have any
> number of LDIF entries in them.  It's up to the server to track files and
> contents.
> This way there is no constraint on users to manage any kind of layout on the
> FS to have a partition that reads and uses LDIFs.

Atm, what the LdifPartition should do is really to be able to support 
the SchemaPartition.

That mean : manipulating Ldif files with one entry = one file.

Also the current LdifPartiton, as it has been written, does not support 
anything but a FS image of the Dit structure.

We can think about dropping a big Ldif file into a directory, and expect 
the LdifPartition to deal with it, even if it means updating or adding 
an entry in the middle of a 10 Mb file, with all the consequences it has 
like dealing with concurrent access, and performances issues. But atm, 
this is *not* what the LdifPartition code does.

And doing that does not solve the problem of having to pick the right 
file in which we have to update an entry, assuming a user dump 10 ldif 
in the working directory, as we have no link between an entry in memory 
and the Ldif file it is stored in. Nor we have any mechanism to generate 
a file or to pick a file to store a new entry in.

In other words, right now, with the existing code, which is an exact 
replication of the DIT structure, I see no other ways to go but to do :
1 entry = 1 ldif file
entry RDN => file name.

with a best effort to get a name which covers 99% of the limitations.

Like it or not, but a minimal handling of the few cases I mentioned in 
my mail will be a matter of two hours, tests included, when any other 
solution will cost a couple of days, at least, as we already have an 
existing code which does 90% of what we need.

Being a good or bad idea to mimic the DIT structure is irrelevant atm, 
IMHO. We can discuss the pros and cons of it later.

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