On 14.2.2012 22:16, Rob Crittenden wrote:
Jan Cholasta wrote:
On 14.2.2012 16:44, Jan Cholasta wrote:
On 7.2.2012 20:25, Rob Crittenden wrote:
Rob Crittenden wrote:
Jan Cholasta wrote:
Dne 7.2.2012 09:27, Martin Kosek napsal(a):
On Mon, 2012-02-06 at 11:52 -0500, Rob Crittenden wrote:
Martin Kosek wrote:
On Fri, 2012-02-03 at 16:58 -0500, Rob Crittenden wrote:
There is some validation that we only need to apply when an
entry is
being created, namely the key itself. This is to allow us to
manage an
otherwise illegal entry that finds its way into the system (i.e.

Consider this. We migrate a group with a space in it. This isn't
in IPA but we also provide no way to delete it because the cn
kicks out the group-del command.

The trick is adding appropriate context so we can know during
how we got here. A command object has a bases field which
base classes associated with it, which appears to contain only
baseclass. So using this we can tell how we got to validation and
skip based on that baseclass name.

I went back and forth a bit on where the right place to put this
I'm open to more fine tuning. I initially skipped just the
validation then expanded it to apply to all validation in the


1) This patch breaks API.txt, it needs re-generating.

2) This may be a matter of opinion but I think that
+ if self.onlyvalidateclasses and \
+ not any(x in self.onlyvalidateclasses for x in classbases):
+ return

would be more readable than:

+ if self.onlyvalidateclasses and \
+ not [x for x in classbases if x in self.onlyvalidateclasses]:
+ return

3) I would move the entire self.onlyvalidateclasses up to the
method. It would have several benefits:
- the validation skip would be done just once, not for every
value as
the decision does not use the value at all
- we would not have to modify _validate_scalar() methods at all
they won't need classbases

4) I think it would be better to keep validation for --rename
As it is generated from RDN attribute parameter, it inherits
onlyvalidateclasses list as well.

Otherwise your patch would let user to rename a valid object to an
invalid one:

# ipa user-mod fbar --rename="bad boy"
Modified user "fbar"
User login: bad boy
First name: Foo
Last name: Bar
Home directory: /home/fbar
Login shell: /bin/sh
UID: 480800040
GID: 480800040
Account disabled: False
Password: False
Member of groups: ipausers
Kerberos keys available: False


This should address your concerns.


Its almost OK, there is just one part that's not that OK:

@@ -831,6 +836,9 @@ class Param(ReadOnly):
raise RequirementError(name=self.name)
+ if 'rename' not in (self.name, self.cli_name):
+ if self.onlyvalidateclasses and not [x for x in
self.onlyvalidateclasses if x in classbases]: #pylint: disable=E1101
+ return
if self.multivalue:
if type(value) is not tuple:
raise TypeError(

I don't think that hard-coding this skip for onlyvalidateclasses
just on parameter name is a good thing to do and may cause
problems in
the future. For example if we create some option called "rename" and
deliberately set onlyvalidateclasses for the option - it would
then be
skipped as well.

I think it would be a better solution to just update
_get_rename_option() in baseldap.py to set onlyvalidateclasses to ()


I must say I'm not a big fan of this approach. You are healing the
symptoms (custom validation on some parameters makes it impossible to
manipulate existing LDAP entries with invalid attribute values =>
add a
way to mark parameters to be validated only in certain commands to
prevent that), but the real issue here is that we should not perform
custom validation when referring to existing LDAP attribute values at
all (or only partially), no matter what parameter and command. Fixing
this would make the problem go away for all commands, present or
without the need for adding a list of command classes to each
that is affected.


It is all about context, and parameters have very little of it. The
bottom line is we only want to do validation on new values.

I think I can bump this up a level by adding a validate boolean to
and Command both defaulting to False. crud.Create will override
this to
True and cloning rename could perhaps also set this flag.

Then in validation if the parent object has validation set or the
parameter does we validate, otherwise we skip it.

This will require some other changes for Enums, they may always
validation (I'll need to be sure --delattr can remove a bad one).


Updated patch. The primary key will be validated only on adds. The
values will be validated on adds and mods.

It turns out there already is infrastructure which does exactly the same
thing: the "query" kwarg of the Parameter class. We should fix its
behavior rather than reinvent the wheel.

This might be good enough:

diff --git a/ipalib/crud.py b/ipalib/crud.py
index 833914c..91b91cf 100644
--- a/ipalib/crud.py
+++ b/ipalib/crud.py
@@ -144,7 +144,7 @@ class Create(Method):
if 'ask_create' in option.flags:
yield option.clone(
- attribute=attribute, query=True, required=False,
+ attribute=attribute, required=False,
autofill=False, alwaysask=True
@@ -189,7 +189,7 @@ class Update(PKQuery):
if 'ask_update' in option.flags:
yield option.clone(
- attribute=attribute, query=True, required=False,
+ attribute=attribute, required=False,
autofill=False, alwaysask=True
elif 'req_update' in option.flags:
diff --git a/ipalib/parameters.py b/ipalib/parameters.py
index d918a57..46b0ffb 100644
--- a/ipalib/parameters.py
+++ b/ipalib/parameters.py
@@ -506,7 +506,7 @@ class Param(ReadOnly):
self.class_rules = tuple(class_rules)
self.rules = rules
if self.query:
- self.all_rules = self.class_rules
+ self.all_rules = ()
self.all_rules = self.class_rules + self.rules
for rule in self.all_rules:

This won't work.

Why not?

query should only apply when searching.  The idea is we
don't care what value you want to search for, even if it is illegal
(within reason). Only the default validators are run when query is True

Well, query doc says:

"query: this attribute is controlled by framework. When the `query` is enabled, framework assumes that the value is only queried and not inserted in the LDAP. Validation is then relaxed - custom parameter validators are skipped and only basic class validators are executed to check the parameter value"

You can see that there is no mention of that it should be used only in searches and it is indeed not used only in searches - in ipalib.crud, query is set for all parameters except the primary key in Create and options in Create and Update, which means that the primary key is validated only in adds and the options are validated only in adds and mods, which is exactly the same thing you do in your patch.

The way I see it, the issue is that the validation should be relaxed even more (which is what the "self.all_rules = ()" line does) or we should add means of specifying which class validation rules should be used when querying and which should not (Data._rule_pattern is one of the class rules that obviously should not be used when querying).

Also, the "pattern" and "pattern_errmsg" kwargs should not be copied
from the primary key parameter, but from the RDN parameter (imagine an
object which has cn as its primary key and ipaUniqueId as RDN, you would
use the pattern from cn on ipaUniqueId, which is obviously not right).
It is supposed be done automatically as part of the clone_rename() call,
so if it's not happening, there's probably a bug in clone_rename.

There currently isn't such an object.  A special rename option would be
needed since as you point out the key isn't the RDN. If there were we'd
want the pattern from the key, not the RDN, as that is the one that

There is netgroup, which does use cn as its primary key and ipaUniqueId as its RDN, though it doesn't have a pattern for cn. But there easily could be an object like netgroup with a pattern for cn and in that case the rename option would be broken and would have to be fixed anyway.

The bottom line is that there is no guarantee that the primary key and RDN are the same attribute, so we can't just use the pattern from one on the other.



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