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Re: [Phpgroupware-users] New contacts backend

From: Brian Johnson
Subject: Re: [Phpgroupware-users] New contacts backend
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 13:38:42 +0000

If i understand the problem correctly, the problem is that LDAP is too limited

It is unable to set up a relational system where many people can belong to
organizations (it is designed to be a "dumb" flat file mimicing system).  The 
of a good relational contact structure was sacrificed for a simpler system.

It should be possible for someone to write a two-way sync interface and in fact 
generic system is planned that someone could port to LDAP since the same problem
will be experienced by people trying to sync to other simple contact storage 
(like Palm and M$ PDAs .. there are alternative methods for Linux based PDAs
including running your own relational db)

Marco Gaiarin (address@hidden) wrote:
>Mandi! Alex Borges
>  In chel di` si favelave...
>> > I hope that the ``8 table wide application'' have not braked the ldap
>> > compatibility... ;)))
>> It can export the data in a somehow configurable way directly to an ldap
>> server (thus keeping it sincronized), but its not the same as the other
>> one because it is much more complex to fit into a simple hierarchy like
>> ldap. (Many persons can belong to an ou, many ous can belong to an ou,
>This, for me, is a very bad news. ;(
>LDAP is a very good tool for integration in a local area, with LDAP and
>phpgw the user can manage contacts and use these also in other email
>clients and various programs.
>> Im shure that for any test case i can come up with, there is a way to
>> model it in LDAP, the problem is that we cannot code for only one model
>> of the data, we need to keep it open so that you guys can fit it where
>> you want.
>It is true that i've not found an email client that can import contacts
>to LDAP, they are all readonly/query tools, so consider to implement at
>least a tool to extract a subset of data and import these to an LDAP
>server (some sor of syncronization from phpgw contacts and a LDAP
>At least, for me the missing of a real contacts backend to LDAP is a
>real miss. ;(
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