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International character encoding (ITS#1020)

Full_Name: Björn Smith
Version: openldap-1.2.9
OS: Linux Redhat 6.2
URL: ftp://ftp.openldap.org/incoming/
Submission from: (NULL) (

When accessing our slapd address book from Netscape Communicator, it expects
above hex value 0x7f to be encoded 0xc3+0xa5 (for scandinavian aring, å).
I dont know much about ldap but I've looked through the code and found this
of encoding in the source of openldap.

After dumping TCP packets on port 389 I found out that the slapd server works
standard ISO8859-1 character set without any encoding of scandinavian
like åäöÅÄÖ (hope those came out ok), while Netscape expects the encoding
above on both queries and seach results.

Now to my question: Could someone point out to me where in the code i could
add/enable such an encoding behaviour in the input/output from slapd?
Or, is there some compiling/configuration option to enable this?

Many thanks in advance for any kind of help!

Björn Smith <smith@compound.se>