Detailed information for the notes.ini Keyword: 


Short Description: enable/disable LDAP special character handling


Domino 7 includes a set of fixes for the conversion of a distinguished name (DN) between LDAP syntax and Notes syntax. A simple example of a conversion from LDAP to Notes is CN=Mary Smith,OU=West,O=Acme -> CN=Mary Smith/OU=West/O=Acme. More complex DNs get tricky to convert back and forth correctly, and previous Domino releases did not handle all of them correctly or consistently.
For example, the LDAP DN CN=This\+That,OU=West,O=Acme should be converted to the Notes DN CN=This"+"That/OU=West/O=Acme. However, previous revisions did not correctly escape the + (plus) character with double-quotes, resulting in a Notes DN (CN=This+That/OU=Westford/O=Acme) that appears to have a multi-valued RDN.

The representation of an LDAP DN is defined in RFC 2253. Notes DNs are (more loosely) defined in the topic "Hierachical naming for servers and users" in the Installation section of the Lotus Domino Administrator 7 Help. Conversions between the two are described below.
These fixes are not enabled by default in Domino 7. Administrators must enable them by including the line DN_PARSE_REV=2 in the server's NOTES.INI file and then restarting the Domino server.


For clarity, punctuation marks discussed in the text are followed by their proper names in parentheses.


The fixes for special character handling should only be implemented when you are satisfied that no backward compatibility issues exist. These are described in more detail in the Lotus Domino Administrator 7 Readme.

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There is no kown UI setting for this notes.ini variable. But you can specify this setting in the notes.ini settings tab of the configuration settings document.

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Documented in:
Lotus Domino Administrator 7 Help

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IBM Documentation