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Updating a binary value in Net::LDAP

by wardmw (Novice)
on Dec 31, 2012 at 13:50 UTC ( #1011061=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
wardmw has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Good day all,

I have been banging my head on this problem for some time now, have searched the Internet for solutions but I can find nothing so I turn to you, who know all (well, most) concerning Perl.

I have a list of IP addresses, @mynets, and I want to store them in an LDAP database using the Net::LDAP module. The attribute that this list will be stored in is a binary one as the contents of the attribute are downloaded to a flat file by a different tool.

How do I add/update a binary value with the contents of a list using Net::LDAP? I have tried:

$result = $ldap->add( "cn=mynetworks,$ldapFileDN", attrs => [ 'fileStore' => [ @mynets ], 'homeDirectory' => '/etc/postfix' ] );
but it fails as it thinks I am trying to add multiple values to 'filestore'.

Any ideas or suggestions as to other ways to do it?


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Re: Updating a binary value in Net::LDAP
by NetWallah (Abbot) on Dec 31, 2012 at 16:06 UTC
    If we call it an "octet string", instead of "binary", a concatenated octet string can be generated and stored like this (untested):
    use Socket qw( inet_aton ); ... fileStore => join ('', map {inet_aton $_} @mynets),
    This will be a concatenated string of 32-bit binary IP addresses (assuming IPv4), and can be written to a file.

                 "By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."           -Confucius

      Many thanks NetWallah,

      Looking at my original post I neglected to point out that the output sound have been a list of IP addresses with the text " OK" appended to each entry so the inet_aton() function was not going to work. However your suggestion to use the map() function was exactly what I needed and with your guidance the code below does what I need:

      fileStore => join ('', map {$_ .= "\tok\n" } @mynets),
      Just what I needed, thank you for your speedy response.


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