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Re: back-config, includes

Hallvard B Furuseth wrote:

Exactly, so 5 comes after 10.  Problem solved:-) If you have entry {1}
and {2} and want to insert one between, create entry {15}.  No need to
rename, until the max supported number of digits (if any) is used up.

If the numbers are kept in an integer variable, represent 153 as
153000000 internally, strip trailing zeroes in string representation,
reject trailing zeroes in input values.

That's nice because then it's identical to a lexical sort order, very easy to implement, but personally I think the result looks ugly and is difficult to interpret. When I see a listing with a column of variable width numbers it just looks "wrong" to me. Maybe it's just me...

For single-valued attributes used as an RDN, adding the extension
"X-ORDERED 'SIBLINGS'" to the attribute definition means to maintain
the numeric index based on sibling entries with the same RDN

I suppose an RDN can contain at most one attribute with the X-ORDERED

That's as much as I've considered. I guess if you had multiple AVAs in an RDN they could all sort in combination, but I haven't got a need for that here.

So if we have this entry

dn: olcDatabase={1}bdb,cn=config


Pretty neat.

One point: I suggest to use an attribute with a textual database
name chosen by the admin for the RDN rather than the attribute
which specifies the backend.  Then put the database's backend in
the 'olcBackend' attribute or something.

That would make it easier to see what a set of modifications are
doing, and if one can say 'dn: olcDatabase=mail,cn=config' instead
of 'dn: olcDatabase={2}bdb,cn=config' there would be less risk of
accidentally modifying the wrong database if an earlier operation
renumbered the databases.

That's a nice idea, but I don't see how to implement it for the migration case, where the entries are automatically constructed from slapd.conf. Or are you suggesting that we allow ModRdn to be used to change the automatically generated name to an admin-selected name? Also, the ordering component must still be preserved, regardless of a name change.

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