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Re: syncrepl problem?

We are running 2.3.43 Openldap on Centos 5.3 systems. I have one provider and two consumers. I believe the consumers were working fine in terms of receiving replication data and staying synchronized until today. I have this entry in slapd.conf

Consider upgrading, but that should be unrelated.

syncrepl rid=102

interval= is for refreshOnly

You want retry= to specify a retry period, or else any interruption will halt replication.

The problem is that I had to completely restore the provider’s entire ldap database from a backup ldif file after screwing up over 200 accounts. I got the provider back to the way I wanted, but now the consumers won’t synchronize (replicate) any more.

Hopefully that was a backup taken with slapcat, or preserving all of the metadata using a careful search. (Check for entryUUID/entryCSN) Worst case you can pull that from the replica.

Did you remember to slapadd on the master side with -w so that contextCSN exists and is up to date?

What do you see in the logs? Does your restored database still have your replication account, sufficient ACLs/limits, etc in the configuration? What does contextCSN look like on each side? Do entryUUIDs match on objects with matching DNs?

1. Should syncrepl ultimately be able to replicate after a major change to the provider such as a ldif restoration? Or should I expect to have to reload the consumer entries from scratch from a provider generated ldif in situations like this?

If you loaded the right LDIF, (i.e. didn't generate entirely new and unrelated data with different uuid/csn info) then this really should not be a major change.

If you loaded correct but old data with a lower contextCSN than the contextCSN on the replica, then you will probably lose all of the changes still present on the replica.

I see no reason why you would want to reload the consumer. In the event of catastrophic master failure like you describe (lost all drives in your RAID set, someone did rm -rf /, building fire, etc), you should use the data from the replica. That's one of the main reasons for having a replica in the first place.

2. I thought I read once that the interval settings was still important for when refreshandpersist missed an update. Is that true?

No.  See retry=

Matthew Backes
Symas Corporation