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It's been noted that slapd now two ABIs for plugins.
slapd module interface
This interface is considered the "native" slapd
ABI. As a "native" slapd, it tuned to slapd
internals (and slapd to it). It requires no
The NS-SLAPI provides compatibility with
plugins designed for use with the Sun, Netscape
(and, formally, iPlanet) Directory server.
It requires a "compatibility layer". It's not
especially tuned slapd (nor slapd to it).
>From a design perspective, I would prefer that
NS-SLAPI be implemented as a layer on top of the module
interface so that main line code need only to
make one callout. However, in reality, this may not
always be possible. However, it should always be
possible to compile slapd (with or without modules)
We should avoid OpenLDAP-specific extensions to
NS-SLAPI and they are counter to the purpose of