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Re: [ldap] Re: LDAP SDK API question.

This isn't quite correct. There are two separate things here; (1) client SDK timeouts and (2) server time and size
limits,  I think you're confusing the two.

Client SDK timeouts:
When you call ldap_search_st(), which has the following signature:

int ldap_search_st( LDAP *ld, const char *base, int scope,
   const char* filter, char **attrs, int attrsonly,
   struct timeval *timeout, LDAPMessage **res );

...the "timeout" parameter tells the SDK how long it should wait for the results of the search operation to come
back from the server. This parameter is *not* passed to the server. It's meant to allow you to deal with the case
where a server accepts a request and just never answers.

If you look at the source, you'll see that ldap_search_st() is just a call to ldap_search() and then a call to
ldap_result(), passing the "timeout" parameter to ldap_result(). If the timeout expires, ldap_result() will return
and the SDK will abandon the operation.

Server-side size and time limits
You can also indicate to the server that you want it to terminate processing of a search operation if too much
time passes or too many entries are retrieved. If the size or time limit is exceeded, the server will send the

You set server-side time and size limits by using the ldap_set_option() call and seting the LDAP_OPT_TIMELIMIT and

Note that servers may have default size and time limits that cannot be overridden by unprivileged clients. For
example, the umich-derived servers (including Netscape's) allow unprivileged clients to request a smaller size or
time limit than the default, but such clients cannot set a larger size or time limit.

Hope this clears things up. This information should apply to ldap-3.3, OpenLDAP, and Netscape LDAP C SDKs.


JR Heisey wrote:

> The Mozilla code is implemented is implemented both ways. The timeout
> value is sent to the server thus the server could timeout. The ldap_search_st()
> calls the ldap_result() function and passes the timeout. ldap_result() will
> also return when the timeout duration has elapsed.
> The OpenLDAP seems to rely on the ldap_result() function to perform
> the timeout. However the as the search is sent to the server the member timelimit
> var of the LDAP structure is sent. I consider this an incorrect implementation
> because the timelimit var of the LDAP structure can never be overridden
> with the timeout value passed to ldap_search_st().
> Thought I'd cross post the to the OpenLDAP group.
> JR
> Ian Bruce wrote:
> > Does the ldap_search_st() function depend in any way on the server or is it just
> > a client side timeout mechanism?
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