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It seems the dichotomy between libldap and libldap_r is a relic from the bad old days of dcethreads / cmathreads when linking a threaded library into an otherwise non-threaded program would cause all sorts of strange and wonderful failures. Unless anyone knows of any current platform where this is unsafe, I think it's time we dropped this distinction, and just use libldap_r (until we get to writing a completely new C API).

libldap_r is still missing some thread-specific features though - we should wrap all library initialization in a pthread_once() call, and we should be using thread-specific data for the LDAP* errno value.

  -- Howard Chu
  CTO, Symas Corp.           http://www.symas.com
  Director, Highland Sun     http://highlandsun.com/hyc/
  Chief Architect, OpenLDAP  http://www.openldap.org/project/