LDAP server in Python

Michael Ströder michael at stroeder.com
Mon Mar 17 16:49:49 CET 2003


Moore, Paul wrote:
> I'm looking at LDAP as a possible service for some projects, and
> I'm struck by the fact that I know pretty much nothing about it.
> On the basis that I always learn better by playing about with
> things rather than just reading about them, I'd like to set up a
> sandbox environment.

Do you plan to develop an LDAP-enabled application? Then I'd recommend to 
run OpenLDAP 2.1.16 as test server because it's the most strict LDAP server 
around. You will definitely learn the right things.

If you plan to seriously support many LDAP server products you should try to 
get hold of each and every of them since there are a lot of subtle 
differences (see also http://www.web2ldap.de/compability.html). Note that 
some commercial vendors provide developer licenses of their products for 
free (e.g. Sun, Netscape, Novell).

> I was wondering if there was a simple LDAP server implementation
> written in Python, which I could use as a test system.

Hmm. Depends on what you're planning to do. If you plan to do serious 
development of LDAP applications you SHOULD test against the full stuff.

Ciao, Michael.





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