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Re: GNUstep directory in userhome


From: Helge Hess
Subject: Re: GNUstep directory in userhome
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001 09:31:22 +0100

Hi,

IMHO NSUserDefaults shouldn't destructure their contents into an LDAP
record, this doesn't make a lot of sense to me (and BTW wasn't done on
NeXTstep with netinfo[=LDAP] ..)

What makes sense to me is storing the defaults as a *single*, additional
LDAP record field of an inetOrgPerson, so that defaults have 'roaming'
support. Eg this could be implemented as an additional persistent domain
put between local user domain and global domain.

Greetings
  Helge

Richard Frith-Macdonald wrote:
> 
> On Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at 06:17 AM, Dennis Leeuw wrote:
> 
> >
> > Wouldn't it be more more useful to use one system for all, LDAP ?
> >
> 
> My initial reaction was 'good idea' ... then I thought about it a bit,
> checked out some LDAP references on the web...
> 
> For all that the 'L' stands for 'lightweight', LDAP support would actually
> be very heavyweight in comparison to existing NSUserDefaults code, and I can't
> actually see what we would gain ... we would be using a small subset of LDAP
> capabilities, and I think that having to have an LDAP server running in order
> to user the defaults system would be a pain.  In fact, configuration issues
> like deciding which LDAP server to connect to are generally addressed by 
> setting
> values in the user defaults :-)
> 
> My inclination is to say that NSUserDefaults should be based upon the simplest
> possible code, with the fewest possible external dependencies.  It needs to be
> extremely reliable because if it goes wrong it can really screw everything up.
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