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From Emmanuel L├ęcharny <>
Subject Filter parsing an PrepareString
Date Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:54:51 GMT
Ok, I have almost all the ldap-api-model tests passing now, with the new
prepareString and the new Vale, and the refactored normalizers.

the next step is to review teh filter parsing, which is problematic when
we don't have a SchemaManager.

There is a RFC ( that describes
how to represent a Filter as a String, and obviously how we should
convert a String back to a filter before transmitting it. The whole
process is like :

  client                 network                server
"<filter>" --(encode)--> transmit --(decode)--> process

Here, we use a Value to store the Filter, which is a problem on the
client when we don't have a SchemaManager, becuase then if we find an
escaped char in an Assertion value, like : "(cn=ACME\28tm\29)" (which is
the encoding for "cn=ACME(tm)"), then the filter parser decides that the
assertion value is a binary value. The consequence is that doing
something like :

        SimpleNode<?> node = ( SimpleNode<?> ) FilterParser.parse( null,
"(ou=ACME\28tm\29)" );

        assertEquals( "ACME(tm)", node.getValue().getValue() );

will simply fail (getValue() always returns null when the value is binary).

At this point, I have no clear solution. The thing is that it's not
really important to be able to distinguish between String and Bianry
values after having parsed the filter, if we aren't schema aware. It's
probably enough to just store the value as a string no matter what, up
to the user to do a getBytes() if the Value is supposed to be binary.
The risk is that in some corner cases, storing a pure binay value into a
String will lose some data.

If anyone has a better idea...

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