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Monitoring slapd entities...
- To: OpenLDAP Devel <email@example.com>
- Subject: Monitoring slapd entities...
- From: Pierangelo Masarati <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 12:35:24 +0200
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What back-monitor does in many cases is monitoring entities living
inside slapd. In those cases, the living entity and back-monitor's
entry should be in touch with each other to account for reciprocal
updating. The flow of information, so far, has been handled in one
direction by providing a neutral interface (actually, two):
- the per-subsystem hooks
- the callbacks
Callbacks are much more general than per-subsystem hooks. I think
per-subsystem stuff should be eliminated, as they basically duplicate
callbacks with less flexibility.
However, I believe bi-directional communication could make many things
Let's think what operations may require either direction: back-monitor
needs to be able to ask living entries information when it is asked to
present entries (e.g. in response to a search). For this purpose, the
current callback mechanism should be sufficient.
However, living entities may need to contact back-monitor for many
purposes: to register new callbacks, to add/remove themselves to/from
back-monitor. For this latter purpose, a solution could be to augment
all living entities with a pointer to their entry in back-monitor. This
pointer should be set by back-monitor as soon as that entry is created.
This would ease feature registration by acting as a key (the caller
would finally know the real DN of its entry), rather than figuring out a
mechanism to locate it as it is currently done by the
monitor_back_register_* calls. Basically, BackendInfo, BackendDB,
overlay_info and overlay_inst would need an (Entry * (*)_monitor) to
their entry in back-monitor, to be mostly used as a key when calling
monitor-related functions. Other structures in the future may need it,
but the interface would be general enough to allow extensions. Comments?
Ing. Pierangelo Masarati
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