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Empty Strings in LDAP String Attributes


Is it legal to have an empty string for IA5 String and Directory String
syntaxes? From my understanding of the LDAP RFCs, I believe it is
legal. A message from Kurt Zeilanga to the openldap-its list seems to
imply that my understanding is correct. See

However, according to schema_init.c, UTF8StringValidate() as well as
IA5StringValidate() immediately return LDAP_INVALID_SYNTAX if the length of
the string is zero. Is this a bug in OpenLDAP or my understanding 
incorrect. This question seems to come up quite often without a 
clear response :-(. 


Ganesan R