[Pdns-users] LDAP Backend maintainance/development

Nick Milas nmilas at admin.noa.gr
Tue Feb 1 12:38:51 UTC 2011

Hi Kenneth,

Sorry for the (slightly) delayed reply.

Your arguments are valid; I hope that LDAP PDNS community can find a way 
to cooperate to at least succeed in maintaining the LDAP backend (even 
without adding much new functionality - as DNSSEC -, at this stage). I 
have earlier mentioned that I am eager to do testing and contribute in 
any way I can, but, unfortunately, I currently don't have the expertise 
to do programming at this level.

Does anyone here have enough expertise (with programming and code 
development management) and a little time to take the lead in providing 
fixes for the few known bugs / important missing features of the LDAP 
[A quick list: Issue 313 (associated with 317) for which there is 
already a proposal; issue 323 (which is the same with 260 as I later found);
issue 318 (on which a discussion was made here: 
http://www.mail-archive.com/pdns-users@mailman.powerdns.com/msg03357.html and 
I am confident that a solution can be found). ]

I am afraid that we can't address professional services; we are a small 
non-profit organization with a very tiny budget and a totally different 
field of work.

As a final note, I would like to repeat that I believe the PowerDNS LDAP 
backend is an important asset for the whole project, offering a much 
more viable solution than other DNS/LDAP software (which mainly don't 
offer native/mainstream LDAP support) and it would be a pity to become 

I hope this thread can trigger some activity on this matter (that's why 
I changed the subject).

All the best,

On 26/1/2011 4:17 ΌΌ, Kenneth Marshall wrote:
> Hi Nick,
> I think that the major benefit of PowerDNS is its ability to
> support a wide range of database backends, including LDAP
> through Norbert's work. Each of the various backends support
> some, most or all of the features of pdns, depending on their
> individual driver. The available features are listed in the
> documentation provided for each module. If there is a desire
> to continue the development for the LDAP backend, then the
> users of the backend should work together to provide resources
> for improving it. I would rather see a focus on the core SQL
> based backends from Bert, and let others vote with their
> pocketbooks and development resources to see which backends
> will support new features. I believe that consulting and
> professional services are available from powerdns.com should
> you wish to engage them directly. I look forward to seeing
> what the PDNS/LDAP community provide in terms of updates to
> the LDAP backend. If nothing is forthcoming, it is certainly
> a straightforward process to change backends to a more core
> backend. That is the true benefit and versatility of the
> PDNS server.
> Regards,
> Ken

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