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From Radovan Semancik <>
Subject Re: Fwd: Re: [LDAP API] Schema aware connection
Date Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:26:38 GMT
On 09/16/2015 01:12 PM, Emmanuel L├ęcharny wrote:
> 3) This all not very user-friendly. The modifications that Emmanuel
> suggested seem to be a good improvements.
> 4) We have quirks mode and relaxed mode. I've realized that quicks
> mode is for parsing and relaxed mode is for schema processing and
> validation. But, do we need to expose both to the API user? Maybe
> relaxed mode should imply quirks mode.
> I was thinking about something slightly different : a constant that can
> take 4 values :
> we can pass that as an argument. OTOH, yes, relaxed might also imply
> quick_mode (and to be frank, I prefer 'relaxed' to 'quirk_mode', it's
> more explicit).

Yes. I do not like "quirks" either. It can be used inside the API 
implementation, but it should not be exposed to API user. I like using 
the enumeration instead of boolean. But I would suggest slightly 
different names:

> Sounds good to me. Should we still have a loadSchema() method that 
> implies a Strict mode ? 

I think this is OK. It probably won't work with anything else than 
ApacheDS ... but I like it anyway.

> Fully agreed. I *wish* I had time to get this correct the very first
> time. I wasn't expecting OpenLDAP or some other LDAP Server to be so
> permissive... :/ My bad.

Do not blame yourself. I'm meddling with LDAP for more than 15 years 
myself. And I have never suspected this magnitude of schema 
inconsistencies either. I guess that the real world always has a bunch 
of surprises in store, no matter how experienced you are.

Radovan Semancik
Software Architect

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