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Re: (ITS#5768) [enhancement] add support for Dereference Control

h.b.furuseth@usit.uio.no wrote:
> ando@sys-net.it writes:
>> The current specification is formalized in a comment in
>> overlays/deref.c; I intend to improve it and post it at
>> <http://www.openldap.org/faq/data/cache/1469.html>.
> You've specified the syntax, but not the semantics.  I don't see
> any mention there of what this control does, though I suppose the
> examples help if one knows what a GUID and a SID are.

I will, in a more detailed document.

> BTW, possibly "deref(erence)" is a confusing name for the control,
> since it is apparently not related to aliases.

"Dereference" means take DN-valued attributes, lookup the requested 
attributes from their entry and present the whole thing (name + attrs) 
as the control value.  So

ldapsearch -E deref=member:cn,sn

will return a control value consisting in sequences of member values 
contained in the search, plus the corresponding values of cn and sn.


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