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Re: Installation openLDAP in Debian

Howard Chu wrote:
> If you don't understand LDAP and LDIF then you cannot effectively
> administer an LDAP server. Period. There is no chicken and egg here -
> you must understand LDAP. You must know what "DIT" means. You must know
> what a DN is. You must know what a schema is. You must know what an
> attribute is. There is no bypassing this required knowledge.

I'd say I understand LDAP and LDIF etc. but still I'm in favour using
slapd.conf and only use cn=config in the *rare* cases where dynamic
configuration is really needed.

> When you know what these things are, cn=config is just another DIT, that
> you manage just like every other DIT.

Especially the schema design of OpenLDAP's cn=config is more complicated than
it should be. Look at other LDAP server implementations and you'll see how
easy it is to tweak cn=config with a generic, schema-aware LDAP client. That's
not so easy with OpenLDAP's cn=config.

Ciao, Michael.