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Re: Problem when using ldap_rename_s (ITS#1184)
On Thursday 05 July 2001 15:52, you wrote:
> > Full_Name: Grahame Bowland
> > If I have an entry in my LDAP directory with a distinguished name:
> > cn=Grahame Bowland + firstname.lastname@example.org, ou=University
> > Communications Services, o=The University of Western Australia
> > And then call ldap_rename_s(thatdn, "cn=Grahame Bowland (deleted)",
> > Entries, o=The University of Western Australia", 1)
> > You get back an error "Modify: delete value failed."
> > However, parsing the RDN, passing 0 as the last argument to ldap_rename_s
> > so that it doesn't try to remove the attributes and then removing the
> > attribute values after the rename does work.
> That's because slapd tries to delete the rdn attribute 'cn' of value
> 'Grahame Bowland + email@example.com', which of course doesn't
> exist. In this case you should not require automatic attr deletion but
> provide by hand. On the contrary, a more appropriate behavior
> would be to delete all the values of all the attributes listend
> in the old rdn ('cn=Grahame Bowland' AND 'firstname.lastname@example.org').
That's exactly what I thought it was doing - I don't think I was clear
enough. In the end I did do this by hand, but I thought it was worth
reporting as a bug that the slapd backend didn't parse the RDN intelligently
enough to realise multiple attributes require deletion.
> Quoting RFC 2251:
> If the deleteoldrdn parameter is TRUE, the values forming the old
> RDN are deleted from the entry. If the deleteoldrdn parameter is
> FALSE, the values forming the old RDN will be retained as
> non-distinguished attribute values of the entry. The server may
> not perform the operation and return an error code if the setting of
> the deleteoldrdn parameter would cause a schema inconsistency in the
> This is not implemented in OpenLDAP's slapd backends (either back-ldbm
> or back-bdb), which simply issue an error when the delete is not possible.
Grahame Bowland, Network and Systems Administrator
University Communications Services, The University of Western Australia
Phone: +61 8 9380 1175