3.2 Operations on an Administrative Point
There are six kind of operations we can have on an AdministrativePoint :
- creating a new AP
- removing an existing AP
- modifying an existing AP by adding or removing a role
- renaming an AP
- moving an AP
- renaming or moving an AP
Renaming an AP has no impact on the administrative model, as we don’t point (internally) on the entry’s DN, but on its UUID, so the last three operations can be gathered into one single Move operation.
Also note that any modification made on an entry’s AdminsitrativeRole may have an impact on all it’s descendants and ascendants (this is true for the Modify and Move operation)
Adding an AP entry
This seems to be a simple operation, however many checks have to be done in order to not break the existing Administrative model.
First of all, we have to check that the added entry contains the AdministrativeRole attributeType, and that this role is not empty. As we don’t have any semantic control for this AT (the attached syntax is just expecting the values to be Strings), we have to do those checks in the AdminInterceptor.
Here are the checks we must provide :
- the AdministrativeRole AT must have values
- those values must be roles (ie one of the 4 possible specific area roles, or one of the 3 inner area roles, or the autonomous area role)
- there should not be duplicated
- we can’t have an AAP with any other role
- we can’t have an IAP and an SAP for the same role
Once those basic checks done, we also have to check that the roles hierarchy will remain consistent after the addition, ie :
- if an IAP is added, it must have a parent AAP or at least a parent SAP for the same role
If all those checks are ok, we can add the entry into the base, and update the AP cache
Deleting an AP entry
This operation is way simpler, as we can’t delete an entry if it has some children, so there is no need to check that the administrative model is consistent.
We just have to remove the entry and update the AP cache
Modifying an AP entry
This is way more complex. We can have five kind of modification here :
- addition of roles
- deletion of roles
- replacement of roles
- creation of a new AdministrativeRole attribute
- removing of an existing AdministrativeRole attribute
The three first modifications can imply more than one role. We have to deal with each of those modifications one by one.
Addition of roles
For this modification, we will have to check for each of the roles the very same elements than for the Add operation above :
- if the entry does not have an AdministrativeRole AT, we have to create it
- we must have at least one value
- the role must be syntaxicaly correct
- it should not already exist into the attribute
- we can’t add it if we already have an AAP role
- we can’t add it if it’s an IAP and a SAP with the same role exists
- if it’s an IAP, it must have a parent AAP or SAP with the same role
If all of those checks are ok, we can update the AP cache, which must be cloned, otherwise we may have to rollback the operation if any of the following modification fails.
Removing of roles
First, if there is no value for this modification, then that means we must delete the Attribute. This case will be analyzed later. For each of the roles to remove, we have to apply those checks :
- the role must be syntaxicaly correct
- it must already exist into the attribute
- we can’t remove an AAP or a SAP if there is a direct IAP in one of its direct descendant (ie, if we have a SAP or an AAP while descending into the tree, we can stop checking the branch)
Now, if there are no values, we have to get the existing roles and apply he same checks
If everything is fine, we can remove the roles from the attribute.
This kind of modifications are not currently supported
Moving an AP
As we move the entry, we may induce some inconsistencies in the AP tree.
The problem we might have is that if we move an entry having an IAP in a place where this role has no parent AAP or parent SAP with the same role, then the AdministrativeModel tree will be inconsistent. We have to check this.
Impact on the existing entries
When we add or remove a role in a server, it may have a huge impact on the existing entries, as soon as those roles are associated with some subtreeSpecification which defines a set of contained entries. If we remove such a role, all the entries pertaining to the associated area have to be updated.
It’s the same thing if we add a SAP or a AAP, as all the children entries which were depending on a higher AP will be modified either.
In any case, we don’t even need to define a SubtreeSpecification, as soon as an AAP or SAP is created, it excludes all the children entries from any other higher AP areas.
Adding a Role
Whatever the way we used to add a role (add an entry, modify an existing one), there are one thing we have to do depending on the kind of role we added. Of course, we stop modifying entries when another lower SAP or AAP is defined.
Adding an AAP
All the children which were pointing to any higher IAP, SAP or AAP will be dereferenced. If a subtree specification is added under the newly added AAP, then all the associated entries will be updated.
Adding a SAP
All the children which were pointing to any higher IAP or SAP with the same type of role, or an AAP, will be dereferenced (of course, only for the added type of role, the other references will remain). If a subtree specification is added under the newly added SAP, then all the associated entries will be updated.
Adding an IAP
All the children which were pointing to any higher IAP with the same type of role will be dereferenced, and will now point to this newly added IAP. All the children which were pointing on a SAP with the same role, or an AAP, will be modified to also point on the newly added IAP.
Removing a role
Depending on the kind of role we removed, we will have to update the entries accordingly.
Removing an AAP
All the entries referencing the removed AAP will be updated, and will now reference the inherited AAP, SAP and IAP (if any). If there is some higher IAP, we will also reference it.
Removing a SAP
All the entries referencing the removed SAP will be updated, and will now reference either the parent AAP or the parent SAP with the same role, if any. We will also reference an IAP with the same role if we have some higher in the hierarchy.
Removing an IAP
All the entries referencing the removed IAP will be updated. There is nothing else to do.