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(ITS#5942) URI matching of "self" in add_syncrepl is incomplete

Full_Name: Jonathan Clarke
Version: RE24
OS: irrelevant
URL: ftp://ftp.openldap.org/incoming/
Submission from: (NULL) (


When adding a syncrepl config, the function add_syncrepl performs a "check if
URL points to current server". This check is based on an exact match between the
provider parameter from the syncrepl config line, and the URIs given to slapd on

If this doesn't match when it should, the database is marked as a shadow, and
all following updates fail with "shadow context; no update refs". This is quite
a pain when it happens on cn=config :)

There are multiple cases when this happens:
1) If no specific URI was specified on launch (no -h option)
2) Port numbers are explicitly specified or not (":389")
3) Trailing slash (for example "ldap://"; != "ldap://";)
4) IP is specified rather than DNS name ("ldap://localhost"; !=

I saw the comment in the code that clarifies this behaviour. However, it's a
surprising behaviour, and I think there is code to parse this kind of thing in
the serverID detection now. Maybe it could be reused?

Otherwise, we should probably document this behaviour, to avoid headaches :)