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contextCSN with empty suffix


we have a customer who runs an openldap installation with an empty suffix as in

  suffix ""

which is a potential problem when migrating to syncrepl as they do not have
an entry to store the contextCSN.

In our lab using openldap 2.4.19 we succeeded in inserting an entry with
an empty dn as follows:

  objectClass: organization
  o: root

This entry received the contextCSN entries and everything looks good
from what I can see:

  objectClass: organization
  o: root
  structuralObjectClass: organization
  entryUUID: 6bd316a2-6f10-102e-904e-c754373eef36
  creatorsName: cn=Manager
  createTimestamp: 20091126194832Z
  entryCSN: 20091126194832.284443Z#000000#000#000000
  modifiersName: cn=Manager
  modifyTimestamp: 20091126194832Z
  contextCSN: 20091126194832.864794Z#000000#000#000000

I have no idea how ugly this hack is and am concerned this might break
with a future release when either searching for contextCSN below the suffix
is perhaps supported again or entries with an empty dn break.

I am about to advise the customer to move to a directory with an
nonempty suffix matching their root entry but would like to hear
nevertheless what you think of above.

Christian Kratzer
CK Software GmbH

Christian Kratzer                      CK Software GmbH
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