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>>> Soft Del: The attribute shall contain none of these values, but might
>> I'm not sure I understand how SOFTDEL differs from LDAP_MOD_DELETE. Do
>> you mean that values listed in SOFTDEL will be deleted if they exist, or
>> otherwise ignored?
> Yes; LDAP_MOD_DELETE requires that the listed values exist. The
> delete-all-values case is separate. If we had
> cn: a
> cn: b
> and ran
> changetype: modify
> softdel: cn
> cn: b
> cb: c
> Then the result would be success and cn=a remaining. Yes, this is useful!
Protocol-wise, this is what permissive modify control is intended for. I
concur that having this as an internal modification (much like
SLAP_MOD_SOFTADD) would allow finer grain control to internal operations,
without (ab)using the permissive control. The same, in terms of
granularity, applies protocol-wise.