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Re: Mysql as a backend for LDAP

Jesse W. Asher (jasher1@tampabay.rr.com) wrote:
>    Also, don't get confused with LDAP as a protocol and LDAP as a data
>    store.  You can store your data in whatever, wherever, and however you
>    like and still deliver it via LDAP.  That was exactly the point.  A
>    lot of people tend to view LDAP as a data store and that is not what
>    LDAP is all about.  LDAP is mostly about data delivery - not data
>    storage.  A prime example of this is Netscape's directory server which
>    used to (I'm not sure if they still do) use Sybase as the data
>    repository.

 All of the Netscape, iPlanet and  Sun ONE family of servers use
Berkeley DB. The directory server products used to include a database
plug-in that would allow you to alternatively choose your own data
store. Not anymore - Now you have to write your own plug-in.

 The reason for using Berkeley DB is that it is designed for
programmers, not database administrators. You don't have to waste
time thinking about things like 3rd normal form, primary keys, this
table and that field. It is a simple, robust software that can
handle up to 256TB databases, has been around since 1991 and it's
basically maintenance free. LDAP is not a relational system and
does not need a relational database backend.

 I would equate using ODBC to connect to a backend for an LDAP
server to putting tractor tires on a race car.