SLAPO-DYNLIST(5) File Formats Manual SLAPO-DYNLIST(5)
slapo-dynlist - Dynamic List overlay to slapd
The dynlist overlay to slapd(8) allows expansion of dynamic groups and more. Any time an entry with a specific objectClass (defined in the
overlay configuration) is being returned, the LDAP URI-valued occurrences of a specific attribute (also defined in the overlay configura-
tion) are expanded into the corresponding entries, and the values of the attributes listed in the URI are added to the original entry. No
recursion is allowed, to avoid potential infinite loops.
Since the resulting entry is dynamically constructed, it does not exist until it is constructed while being returned. As a consequence,
dynamically added attributes do not participate in the filter matching phase of the search request handling. In other words, filtering for
dynamically added attributes always fails.
The resulting entry must comply with the LDAP data model, so constraints are enforced. For example, if a SINGLE-VALUE attribute is listed,
only the first value found during the list expansion appears in the final entry. The above described behavior is disabled when the man-
ageDSAit control (RFC 3296) is used. In that case, the contents of the dynamic group entry is returned; namely, the URLs are returned
instead of being expanded.
The config directives that are specific to the dynlist overlay must be prefixed by dynlist-, to avoid potential conflicts with directives
specific to the underlying database or to other stacked overlays.
This directive adds the dynlist overlay to the current database, or to the frontend, if used before any database instantiation; see
slapd.conf(5) for details.
This slapd.conf configuration option is defined for the dynlist overlay. It may have multiple occurrences, and it must appear after the
dynlist-attrset <group-oc> [<URI>] <URL-ad> [[<mapped-ad>:]<member-ad> ...]
The value group-oc is the name of the objectClass that triggers the dynamic expansion of the data.
The optional URI restricts expansion only to entries matching the DN, the scope and the filter portions of the URI.
The value URL-ad is the name of the attributeDescription that contains the URI that is expanded by the overlay; if none is present,
no expansion occurs. If the intersection of the attributes requested by the search operation (or the asserted attribute for com-
pares) and the attributes listed in the URI is empty, no expansion occurs for that specific URI. It must be a subtype of labele-
The value member-ad is optional; if present, the overlay behaves as a dynamic group: this attribute will list the DN of the entries
resulting from the internal search. In this case, the attrs portion of the URIs in the URL-ad attribute must be absent, and the DNs
of all the entries resulting from the expansion of the URIs are listed as values of this attribute. Compares that assert the value
of the member-ad attribute of entries with group-oc objectClass apply as if the DN of the entries resulting from the expansion of
the URI were present in the group-oc entry as values of the member-ad attribute.
Alternatively, mapped-ad can be used to remap attributes obtained through expansion. member-ad attributes are not filled by
expanded DN, but are remapped as mapped-ad attributes. Multiple mapping statements can be used.
The dynlist overlay may be used with any backend, but it is mainly intended for use with local storage backends. In case the URI expansion
is very resource-intensive and occurs frequently with well-defined patterns, one should consider adding a proxycache later on in the over-
By default the expansions are performed using the identity of the current LDAP user. This identity may be overridden by setting the dgI-
dentity attribute in the group's entry to the DN of another LDAP user. In that case the dgIdentity will be used when expanding the URIs in
the object. Setting the dgIdentity to a zero-length string will cause the expansions to be performed anonymously. Note that the dgIden-
tity attribute is defined in the dyngroup schema, and this schema must be loaded before the dgIdentity authorization feature may be used.
If the dgAuthz attribute is also present in the group's entry, its values are used to determine what identities are authorized to use the
dgIdentity to expand the group. Values of the dgAuthz attribute must conform to the (experimental) OpenLDAP authz syntax.
This example collects all the email addresses of a database into a single entry; first of all, make sure that slapd.conf contains the
dynlist-attrset groupOfURLs memberURL
and that slapd loads dynlist.la, if compiled as a run-time module; then add to the database an entry like
dn: cn=Dynamic List,ou=Groups,dc=example,dc=com
cn: Dynamic List
If no <attrs> are provided in the URI, all (non-operational) attributes are collected.
This example implements the dynamic group feature on the member attribute:
dynlist-attrset groupOfURLs memberURL member
A dynamic group with dgIdentity authorization could be created with an entry like
dn: cn=Dynamic Group,ou=Groups,dc=example,dc=com
cn: Dynamic Group
dgIdentity: cn=Group Proxy,ou=Services,dc=example,dc=com
default slapd configuration file
slapd.conf(5), slapd-config(5), slapd(8). The slapo-dynlist(5) overlay supports dynamic configuration via back-config.
This module was written in 2004 by Pierangelo Masarati for SysNet s.n.c.
Attribute remapping was contributed in 2008 by Emmanuel Dreyfus.
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