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Coding practice

I just did a quick review of the deref control code. I thought we had already established this policy since the OpenLDAP 2.1 days: no more naked char *'s in new code. Always use struct bervals, never discard information you're going to need again later, and never recompute it if you already have it in hand. Every string sent thru the protocol is already accompanied by its length; it's stupid to call strlen() on any result we receive.

Seems that publishing this in RE24 was a bit premature, sorry I didn't catch this sooner.

On a related note, I'm still not so thrilled with the STRLENOF() macro. Most of the time I use sizeof("strconst") because I *know* there's a trailing NUL and I *want* it incorporated in the result...

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: (ITS#6233) print_deref assertion if no deref attributes returned
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 17:43:40 GMT
From: rmeggins@redhat.com
To: openldap-its@openldap.org

Full_Name: Rich Megginson
Version: 2.4.17+ (current HEAD)
OS: Fedora
URL: ftp://ftp.openldap.org/incoming/
Submission from: (NULL) (

I am testing the LDAP Dereference feature specified here -

I am getting an assertion in common.c at line 2077:
2074:		ptr = lutil_strncopy( ptr, dr->derefVal.bv_val, dr->derefVal.bv_len );
2075:		*ptr++ = '\n';
2076:		*ptr++ = '\0';
2077:		assert( ptr <= buf + len );

		tool_write_ldif( LDIF_PUT_COMMENT, NULL, buf, ptr - buf);

In my test, ptr is one greater than buf + len.  It appears that len does not
take into consideration the addition of the trailing \0 at line 2076.  My test
is looking for a dereference attribute which does not have any values, so that
the attrVals in the control response is empty.  If there are values to return in
attrVals, the assertion is not triggered.