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I have a general question about referrals and how they are handled. 
Let's assume I have one master slapd and one slave slapd. All the 
clients connect to the slave. If they want to do an update, the are 
referred to the master. 

Now as far as I understand LDAP, clients are free whether they do 
want to follow the referral or not. The problem arises when they choose
not to and make their modifications to the slave in which case the 
master would have lost the change.

This could be solved by making the slave readonly in its slapd.conf. But
then my question is: will a client get a referral for an attribute it
does not have write permission for (on the slave but will have write
permission on the machine that they are referred to)?

Am I misunderstanding something or how is this usually solved?

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