Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 Developer's Guide

Example Uses

To select the right plug-in type for the job is an art, rather than a science. The following table suggests example uses for documented plug-in types.

Table 1–2 Plug-In Example Uses by Type

Plug-In Type 

Example Uses 

Entry store-fetch 

Encoding and decoding entire plug-in entries 

Auditing or logging each entry as the entry is written to disk 

Extended operation 

Adding client services that are not available in LDAP v3 such as digital signatures in requests and responses 

Internal postoperation 

Auditing results of internal operations initiated by another plug-in 

Internal preoperation 

Preempting internal operations initiated by another plug-in 

Matching rule 

Offering enhanced sounds-like matching for directory searches 


Developing a plug-in that registers a group of other plug-ins with Directory Server 

Password check 

Forcing new passwords to conform to corporate policy for password syntax 

Password storage scheme 

Using a custom algorithm for password encryption instead of one of the algorithms supported by the standard product 


Associating alerts and alarms sent after particular operations 

Auditing changes to specific entries 

Performing cleanup after an operation 


Handling custom authentication methods external to the directory 

Forcing syntax checking for attribute values before adding or modifying an entry 

Adding attributes to or deleting attributes from a request 

Preprocessing client request content to translate requests from legacy applications 

Approving or rejecting the content of a client modification request before processing the request 

The list of example uses is by no means exhaustive, but is instead intended to help you brainstorm solutions.