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Re: (ITS#4778) Problem using Berkeley DB replication in OpenLDAP
This is a pointless exercise.
--On Thursday, December 14, 2006 2:27 PM +0800 "çæ(Seuler.shi)"
Because the replication features provided by OpenLDAP do not
meet our software requirement.
If there are N slaves and 1 master in a replication group in
BDB, once the master crashes, a new
master will be elected by BDB and the replication group can
still work well. All the parameters
concerning master election in BDB can be configured by user.
This will be more portable.
OpenLDAP mirrormode allows automatic promotion of a slave to a master.
Using LDAP for the control protocol is far more portable. It provides an
open, standard protocol for managing all of the servers. Using
back-config on each server will allow you to tune all of the server
parameters, including the underlying BDB parameters, from anywhere on
the network, using any of a variety of LDAP-enabled clients.
Using LDAP for the replication protocol is far more portable. It allows
data to be replicated to any LDAP-aware server, not just other OpenLDAP
Relying solely on BDB replication does not provide such power or
As the replication mechanism reaches synchronizations by
transferring write requests to the replicas,
this may be less efficient compared with BDB replication. So
we need to compare these two method.
Transmitting a single LDAP write operation over the network is far more
bandwidth-efficient than transmitting the many database pages that will
be dirtied by a single LDAP write operation.
Would you tell me why OpenLDAP do not support BDB
Because BDB replication offers no advantages for OpenLDAP's use cases.
BDB replication mechanism will operate slave databases
directly without inform the upper layer LDAP.
The information such as index, ID and so on maintained by
OpenLDAP may be inconsistent with the
content of database. I try to mend the source code of
OpenLDAP to let every "ldapsearch" operation
find entry info in database directly, but I failed:(
I am expecting your comments.
The only way to make it work is by removing all of the back-bdb caching
mechanisms. Performance will be extremely slow. You will lose a
significant degree of usability and gain no benefit in return for this
-- Howard Chu
Chief Architect, Symas Corp. http://www.symas.com
Director, Highland Sun http://highlandsun.com/hyc
OpenLDAP Core Team http://www.openldap.org/project/