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By Israel Forst

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Posted: 3 Feb 2003
 

Why is the LDAP 'homeStreet' not a separate attribute?

This is designed so that a developer can retrieve the address of an object without knowing the names of the attributes that store them. The attributes may change depending on the region/country/etc. Storing it as a structured attribute is simpler than storing the components separately.

The LDAP RFC defines a syntax called Postal Address ( see http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2252.txt?number=2252 )

6.27. Postal Address

( 1.3.6.1.4.1.1466.115.121.1.41 DESC 'Postal Address' )
Values in this syntax are encoded according to the following BNF:

postal-address = dstring *( "$" dstring )

In the above, each dstring component of a postal address value is encoded as a value of type Directory String syntax. Backslashes and dollar characters, if they occur in the component, are quoted as described in section 4.3. Many servers limit the postal address to six lines of up to thirty characters.

Example:
     1234 Main St.$Anytown, CA 12345$USA
     \241,000,000 Sweepstakes$PO Box 1000000$Anytown, CA 12345$USA


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