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Re: (ITS#5916) Allow alias dereferencing in search C API
> email@example.com wrote:
>> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>>> Proxy backends use ldap_set_option(3) to set alias dereferencing when
>>> requested by a search operation (and do not clean it up afterwards, as
>>> far as I can tell). Since LDAP handlers are pooled and reused, this
>>> behavior is inherently broken.
>> I note you committed this with an ldap_int_* interface.
> Yes, that's because I needed it internally.
I think ldap_pvt would make more sense.
I recall complaining about this deficiency in the API back in 1998, when I
first wrote back-ldap. Alias deref has always been a part of the protocol, but
it has always been missing from the API. Perplexing...
>> But it could
>> be useful outside OpenLDAP code too.
> Yes, that will probably be the next step. But to make it publicly
> available I should have called it ldap_search_ext2, or
> ldap_search_really_ext or something like that. I think we need to make
> it public based on demand and after a ballot on the name.
>> Seems to me this is what client-side controls are for. Extending the
>> client-side functionality without needing a new API.
> Well, since alias dereferencing is part of the protocol, I think using a
> client-side control is sort of an overkill :)
-- Howard Chu
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Director, Highland Sun http://highlandsun.com/hyc/
Chief Architect, OpenLDAP http://www.openldap.org/project/