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Comment 17 for bug 507089

(In reply to comment #10)
> What we really need is a unified API between OpenLDAP and Mozilla.

Yes. More to the point, we need a *good* LDAP API. Interested developers are invited to add comments here
http://scratchpad.wikia.com/wiki/LDAP_C_API

> There are
> several impediments to this happening:
> 1) OpenLDAP uses OpenSSL for crypto, while Mozilla uses NSS. My preference
> would be to have the ability for OpenLDAP to use NSS for crypto, especially if
> running in a Mozilla client app.

That probably makes sense from a Mozilla perspective, but I'm not sure it's worth the overhead of carrying NSPR around everywhere. Also some interesting commentary here:

http://markmail.org/message/z3sf37vnryypdko4#query:openssl%20vs%20nss+page:2+mid:xvw5nybqrhkw6w7n+state:results

> 2) Each API has extensions lacking in the other.

Not relevant, since Mozilla's use of LDAP is quite plain-jane.

> 3) The command line tools are incompatible.

I don't see how associated tools are relevant to the Thunderbird/Mozilla apps..

> 4) No one in either of the communities has either the time or the inclination
> to do the work.

Well, out of boredom, I spent 2 hours this afternoon patching my Mozilla build tree to use OpenLDAP. I think the difficulties have been overstated, because it's working fine on my OpenSUSE laptop.

Note that I haven't looked at the necessary autoconf changes, just edited my build tree after configure was already run. As such, edit config/autoconf.mk:

#LDAP_CFLAGS = -I${DIST}/public/ldap
#LDAP_LIBS = -L${DIST}/bin -L${DIST}/lib -lldap60 -lprldap60 -lldif60
LDAP_CFLAGS = -I/usr/local/include -DLDAP_DEPRECATED
LDAP_LIBS= -L/usr/local/lib -lldap_r -llber

and use the attached patch. A more thorough adaptation would go through and eliminate the use of LDAPv2/deprecated APIs but this was quick and dirty...