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The Attribute Window

The Attribute Window is a window in which all LDAP attributes of a certain object are displayed. You can open an attribute window by pressing ALT-ENTER or double-clicking on an object (for container objects, you have to hold the ALT key during your double click), or by using the menu option Connection - Attributes. After that a window is shown with a list of attributes of the selected object:

LEX attribute window

In fact, this is just the normal attribute list panel from the LEX main window, only that this is presented in a stand-alone window - with a bunch of additional features.

In the List, you see the general types of the attributes indicated with an icon. The attribute name, value and specific type are shown in separated columns. Additional columns show the value size (in bytes), and if the attributes are marked with flags:

  • Single: LDAP attributes can store multiple values by default. If this flag is set, the regarding attribute can store only one single value.
  • Must: Some attributes are mandatory for a specific object class. An object with this class cannot exists without all Must-attributes set.
  • R/O: Same attributes are Read/Only, they could be operational attributes or constructed attributes, which values are calculated by the server only for the LDAP request.
  • Operational: Operational attributes are used by the directory server itself, some implementations mark attributes operational to show the user that these attributes are rather internal than for client use.
  • Idx: In Active Directory environments, LEX doesn't show the Operational flag. The information whether an attribute is internally indexed by the server is shown instead. Indexed attributes allow very fast LDAP searches if they are used in LDAP filters.

Please note that the attribute types and flags can only shown by LEX if there was a correct schema evaluation for the current LDAP server. Without schema information, LEX can show only the attribute name, value and value size.

Attribute window command buttons

For a brief overview of the command buttons in the attribute window, you can open the manual topic about the Attribute Window Command Buttons.

For the handling of the attribute window, the following topics are available:

attribute window delay

The additional features of the attribute window cause a small delay sometimes when you open the attribute window. If you experience the delay and see the status message "Creating text output..." in the status bar at the bottom of window, you should deactivate the output for unused attributes in the LEX main window to bring up the attribute window with more speed. This is true especially for object classes which have a lot of attributes associated in the directory schema.