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Re: What exactly does "backend" mean?
Sorry, this response is overdue. :)
David Wright wrote:
OK, so I've configured an OpenLDAP server and 3 clients. I've seen
references to using different "backbends". This would seem to imply
that one could first install an LDAP server and use, for example,
MySQL as a backend
then, fire up MySQL and do SQL based searches on the database. If
this is correct, it would be most useful.
That would be a "frontend". Backends are the places that OpenLDAP can
store data. These include embeded databases (the standard ldbm) and
relational databases (i.e. SQL-driven databases). But whatever the
backend, the data is accessed via LDAP. That's why you deployed an
LDAP server, yes?
Correct, however this does not indicate that the system in question does
not have needs outside of LDAP. :)
If the front end of MySQL cannot access an LDAP directory with a MySQL
backend (albeit without actually going through LDAP) what good is using
a MySQL backend? Doesn't that seem counter-intuitive?