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From Howard Chu <>
Subject Re: List operation
Date Sat, 15 Dec 2012 06:35:14 GMT
Emmanuel L├ęcharny wrote:
> Hi guys,
> after havng done some cleanup for the Lookup and Search operation, I'm
> looking at the List operation, and I wonder if we should not just get
> rid of it, except on the JNDO layer ?
> The List operation is just a special form of teh Search operation, with
> ONE_LEVEL scope and a (ObjectClass=*) filter.

This is the same argument the original LDAP designers made, vs X.500 with its 
List operation. I no longer remember all the pros and cons of this debate, but 
I have the feeling the X.500 guys had a good reason for including this 
operation in the original spec...
> I suggest we keep it on the API leve, but map it to a search request
> behind the scene (especially in the partition interface).

Pretty sure this is what X.500 to LDAP gateways are forced to do anyway.
> Thoughts ?

   -- Howard Chu
   CTO, Symas Corp. 
   Director, Highland Sun
   Chief Architect, OpenLDAP

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