[LDAP] Access to a local LDAP server in Off-Line mode



20 years ago
7 years ago


(Reporter: lchiang, Unassigned)


(Blocks: 1 bug, {helpwanted})

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20 years ago
<2/4/99 - Manually transferred from Netscape internal bug system, bugsplat.
Bugsplat number 148159.  I removed the business case information.  If you need
it, refer to the bugsplat bug.>

RFE: Access to a local LDAP server in Off-Line mode

The customer is looking for the client to intelligently interpret the server
name 'localhost' and allow access to the server while in offline mode.

Basically, the customer developed a Disconnected Corporate Directory that
replicates against their Netscape DS3.0 LDAP infrastructure. This "Disconnected
Corporate Directory" is a local SLAPD (U of Michigan) - Win32 compiled directory

To use it in Communicator, they set the Ldap server = localhost

All seems to work in "Online mode" . But when in "Offline" mode,
Communicator complains that it cannot search this directory since you
are offline.  The is due to the TCP/IP connections not being turned on in
offline mode.

Customer spoke with Phil Peterson.  Phil understands what the customer is
looking for.

------- Additional Comments From lalam  06/19/98 17:46 -------

Setting TS1 for this RFE per this business case:

Business Case:  <see bugsplat bug>

------- Additional Comments From phil  06/20/98 13:46 -------

Fixed for Nova M11.

------- Additional Comments From rburns  07/28/98 14:58 -------

I am unsure how to test this. If anyone has any idea please let me know, I would
be more than happy to mark it Verified.

------- Additional Comments From phil  07/28/98 17:23 -------

The verification is pretty involved:

1. Set up an LDAP server on your machine (!)
2. Add that server to your Address Book in Nova, with the hostname "localhost"
3. Use Communicator's "Work Offline..." command to go offline, and unplug from
the network.
4. Use Communicator's Address Book to search the directory for stuff.

If it works, the bug is fixed. The important new feature is that we still allow
LDAP network operations to happen while you're offline, but only against the
machine "localhost". As you know, network operations are generally disabled if
you're in offline mode, but "localhost" is a special case.

------- Additional Comments From lchiang  08/17/98 13:20 -------

setting up an LDAP server may be involved. Check with tcrowe to see if we can
verify this bug on the machine where he has the LDAP server set up.

------- Additional Comments From yoel  12/16/98 13:12 -------

The customer and I have tested this in 4.5, it still does not work

------- Additional Comments From yoel  01/24/99 17:42 -------

Sorry I forgot to reopen the defect when I update it. I tested this and did not
get it to work, so did the customer.

------- Additional Comments From hannigan  01/25/99 12:45 -------

We are not adding bugs to 4.0x base - RESOLVED as WONTFIX - and no new features
in 4.5x base

------- Additional Comments From yoel  02/02/99 12:17 -------

can we have this considered for 5.0?

------- Additional Comments From raym  02/03/99 09:45 -------

As we do with all RFE's I'm assigning this to 5.0 team and setting the TFV


20 years ago
QA Contact: 4080 → 4112

Comment 1

20 years ago
qa contact to laurel.


20 years ago
Assignee: mscott → phil
Target Milestone: M9

Comment 2

20 years ago
I think I'm on the hook for some LDAP work. Accepting with M9, which is close to

I have no idea why this didn't work. I thought we fixed it...


20 years ago

Comment 3

20 years ago
Moving all Mail/News Networking bugs to Mail/News Networking-Mail

This may re-open previously Verified bugs due to a Bugzilla bug...if so, I will
fix those bugs.


20 years ago
Target Milestone: M9 → M13

Comment 4

20 years ago
might not do this one...

Comment 5

20 years ago
Does not need to be fixed for PR1


19 years ago
Priority: P2 → P4
Target Milestone: M13 → M15

Comment 6

19 years ago
I'll accept this, but it's low priority.


19 years ago
Target Milestone: M15 → M20

Comment 7

19 years ago
LDAP replication is not going to make Seamonkey. Moving onto the helpwanted list.
Assignee: phil → nobody
Keywords: helpwanted
Target Milestone: M20

Comment 8

19 years ago
Marking M30.
Target Milestone: --- → M30


18 years ago
Blocks: 36557


18 years ago
Summary: RFE: Access to a local LDAP server in Off-Line mode → [LDAP] RFE: Access to a local LDAP server in Off-Line mode
has anything happened on this since then? (bug cleaning)

Comment 10

14 years ago
has anything happened on this since then? (bug cleaning)
Product: MailNews → Core


14 years ago
Severity: normal → enhancement

Comment 11

11 years ago
This sort of feature would be a good enhancement to Thunderbird mail and news, as well as the SeaMonkey suites mail/news, since the two products share lots of back end code.

With several extensions expanding the need for a directory repository, we need "localhost" linking through the TCP/IP stack to empower calendar and protocol handler functionality.

There is an evolving vision at MailCo to blend emerging social networking concepts with traditional personal communications.


11 years ago
Flags: wanted-thunderbird3?
While having a fix for this would be nice, it seems to me that the number of users likely to take advantage of it is _extremely_ tiny: running a local LDAP server is a pretty heavyweight solution to almost any problem that I can think of.  While we'd accept a patch for this, if people are looking to spend effort to help Tb3, this doesn't seem like a very leveraged way to do so.
Flags: wanted-thunderbird3? → wanted-thunderbird3-
All that said, this probably really wants a much lower-lever patch to Gecko that would effect all IP traffic.  I don't believe there's anything special about LDAP here.
Filter on "Nobody_NScomTLD_20080620"
QA Contact: laurel → mailnews.networking


10 years ago
Product: Core → MailNews Core
Priority: P4 → --
Summary: [LDAP] RFE: Access to a local LDAP server in Off-Line mode → [LDAP] Access to a local LDAP server in Off-Line mode

Comment 15

8 years ago
(In reply to comment #13)
> All that said, this probably really wants a much lower-lever patch to Gecko
> that would effect all IP traffic.  I don't believe there's anything special
> about LDAP here.

indeed. the core bugs are 
Bug 87717 - Conn: Offline: localhost/ not accessible
Bug 339814 - Offline mode prevents access to localhost

marking dependent on the older bug 87717. but if someone concludes bug 339814 is the better blocker ...
Component: Networking → LDAP Integration
Depends on: 87717
OS: Other → All
QA Contact: networking → ldap-integration
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