25 Apr 2000 topher   » (Master)


The joy of returning to work on a glorious Monday morning. I worked for something over 12 hours today, so I basically didn't get much of anything else accomplished. So it goes.

Fun Flicks...

I watched Cruel Intentions again tonight. I think that's the third time I've watched it all the way through. It's a rather odd movie, but it really is pretty good. I like it, anyway.

I'm breaking out The Lawnmower Man, an old favorite, and The Last Starfighter, an excellent old classic SF flick, tomorrow. Gotta love the fun old movies.

At this rate, I'll end up breaking out all the old John Hughes movies in a few weeks. Hrm.

LDAP Revisited...

I got two questions privately, and I saw it posted once in a diary today, that someone else is interested in LDAP. The diary post dealt with a desire to research it, apearantly for work. The two private queries were asking for more information on it.

I can very easily understand why I received those questions. One thing I noticed as well when I was first becoming interested in LDAP, there is very little good documentation on it. It's a shame, really, because even my limited exposure has shown a lot of potential for it.

Well, in my attempt to try to help as much as I can, little though it may be, here are some of the better sites I've run across for LDAP info:

An IBM Red Book in PDF format. This is one of the best resources I've found on LDAP, although it's not very implementation specific. This will provide you with the understanding and overview you need to use LDAP, and to know why and when you should use LDAP. This is basically a full (almost) 200 page book. Highly recommended:


Mostly links to other LDAP stuff:


PADL sells some LDAP stuff commercially, and they also provide a number of utilities, many GPL'ed. Among them are the libnss_ldap, the library that allows you to replace some /etc flat files with LDAP entries on machines using GLIBC2. (It uses the Name Service Switch) Also, they have tools to migrate some /etc flat files to use LDAP as a replacement:


A good bit of LDAP information, especially in regards to using LDAP to replace some /etc flat files. Somewhat dated, mostly referes to U. Mich. LDAP server, but still good info:


An explanation of why LDAP is 'good' from (I think) one of the creators:


The main page for LDAP information at U. Mich. Somewhat dated in a number of places:


An excellent introduction to LDAP, although a little dated. Written for the U. Mich. LDAP server, but most of it applies to OpenLDAP:


The home page for the OpenLDAP project. They're maintaining an excellent free LDAP server, based I believe on the U. Mich. LDAP codebase.


Good article on LDAP by a co-author:


LDAP Article on Sun's SunWorld site, good introduction. This also has one of the best collections of links at the bottom for further information I've seen:


IETF's page about LDAP extensions. Inlcudes links at the bottom to pretty much all of the LDAP related IETF docs. IETF is in charge of the LDAP protocols, for those who don't know:


An interesting site with some good links. Most of the onsite info is still fairly incomplete, but worth peeking at:


I hope some of this can be of help to someone. If anyone has any other good LDAP references, tutorials, or anything else, please pass 'em on to me. ;-)


Okay, now that I'm finished with those, I'm going to bed. G'Night everyone. ;-)

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