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Two index questions

Hi all,

Today I have two questions involving indexing. First, my understanding is that if a new index has been added to slapd.conf, it won't be used until slapd is stopped, slapindex is run and slapd is started again. However, if there aren't any entries yet in the database that carry a new attribute to be indexed, then there's actually nothing to index. Also, the man page for it states that "Slapindex is used to regenerate slapd(8) indices based upon the current contents of a database." Could this also be a hint that slapindex does need relevant data to process before it can produce any indices? I expect to be wrong about this, but I'd rather be sure.

Second, regarding consumers, if a new index is added to a provider, does the same index also have to be added and (re)generated with slapindex on its consumers before it will be available there as well? I would expect so, but again, I'm not completely certain.