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Re: What exactly does "backend" mean?
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?
You could speak SQL to an SQL-backend directly using on the SQL server's
port, just not via the LDAP server.
If you do this, access to the SQL DB should be read-only, since OpenLDAP
assumes that no one is messing with its data while it isn't looking. You
might also be able to get away with making LDAP access read-only and
making all changes via SQL; this might work, I'm not sure.
I think you will find that not many people run SQL backends to LDAP
servers. That is in part because of these limitations. It is also
because relational and object-oriented database are optomized for rather
I do not run such a setup. If you are interested in setting one up, I'd
ask on the OpenLDAP list if anyone does.