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Re: Problems creating a Samba4 LDAP Backend

Andrew Bartlett wrote:
On Wed, 2008-03-19 at 04:26 -0700, Howard Chu wrote:
Most clients don't know or care that a particular change has side-effects. We
could introduce a config keyword to select synch vs asynch behavior here, but
I have a feeling that will still leave some group of users unhappy no matter
how you set it.

Great. If run sync, will it error out correctly if I make an invalid modification (say target not present etc).

No. We specifically don't validate the original modification here - the server's number one job is always to try to do exactly what the client specified. Also, you can't reliably detect an "invalid" name - it may simply be the name of a non-local entry.

The fact that LDAP does not expose a transaction API
You mean draft-zeilenga-ldap-txn ?

I suppose I should have said 'The free LDAP implemetnations I'm looking at don't expose a transaction API'. What did end up happening with that draft?

It's stalled, like a lot of other things... It is partially implemented in OpenLDAP. Eventually we'll have to complete the implementation, it's too important to leave dangling.

Does anybody have any ideas or suggestions on how I could get around
There are other ways to guarantee consistency. The simplest approach is to
just not store one end of the linked attributes, and always generate them
dynamically when they're referenced.

In the old Symas Connexitor EMS product we used (the equivalent of) a
UUIDAndOptionalName syntax for all references. In that case the DN was
essentially just window-dressing; we always used the ID to actually reference
entries and we updated the DNs whenever we found that they didn't match. As
such, referential integrity was pretty simple - you never had anything
pointing to the wrong entry; the worst that would happen is that you
occasionally had dangling references to deleted entries stored in the DB but
no one ever saw them because they were cleaned out whenever the entry
containing the reference was read.

Do you think the LDAP backend could/should handle this, or will Samba4 have to do the GUID -> DN and DN -> GUID translations before passing things to the backend?

That would only be practical if you had LDAP transaction support....

It strikes me that the best approach is to just dynamically generate the memberOf values instead of storing them statically. But that also depends on your usage patterns.
-- Howard Chu
Chief Architect, Symas Corp. http://www.symas.com
Director, Highland Sun http://highlandsun.com/hyc/
Chief Architect, OpenLDAP http://www.openldap.org/project/