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From Alex Karasulu <>
Subject [ApacheDS] Interceptor bypass mechanism on reentrant calls into the InterceptorChain
Date Thu, 13 Oct 2011 21:34:09 GMT
I wanted to start a clean thread here regarding this bypass mechanism which
should be independent of OSGi.

1). The InterceptorChain itself is a composite component whether we're
talking OSGi or just COOP. Interceptors will be inserted into it and it
should not be coupled to any Interceptor that is inserted into it's
Interceptor list/array. Interceptors ideally should be decoupled and
independent of one another.

2). Interceptors are used to apply aspects to the processing of various
operations against the LDAP partitions. There are core aspects that must be
applied. Some of these are authentication, authorization, error handling,
and schema checking. The core Interceptors participating in these aspects
sometimes need to be bypassed on reentrant calls because their effects
should not be applied twice.

3). A modular dynamically reconfigurable server should be able to add and
remove Interceptors on the fly or replacing existing core interceptors with

4). More than one Interceptor can be used to enable an aspect. There's no
rule stating that you need one Interceptor per aspect. Furthermore an
Interceptor can provide several aspects if an implementor decides to do so.

5). The IC should expose a set of aspects for each intercepted operation
which are excluded when the IC is re-entered for that operation. This is
part of the IC configuration and should be exposed via class properties for

6). Each Interceptor exposes the set of aspects it participates in. This
should be exposed via class properties for simplicity.

7). Optionally an Interceptor may expose a class property which determines
whether or not it should be excluded on reentrant operations. The IC uses
this to exclude or include the Interceptor on all reentrant operations.

This way when conducting a reentrant operation the IC bypasses all
Interceptors participating in that operations set of excluded aspects. If
the intersection between the set of aspects of the operation to be excluded
with the set of aspects the Interceptor participates in is zero then that
Interceptor is included. Otherwise the interceptor is excluded.

Best Regards,
-- Alex

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