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Show friendly object names button Show Friendly Object Names

Show friendly object names button

This main window button changes the display of distinguished names in the object list and in the attribute list panel. When the button is pressed, the objects are shown in a friendly way which is more readable for humans than the technical, X.500-derived LDAP distinguished name.


Friendly name display in object list

Each object has a distinguished name which determines not only the object's name itself but also the place where the object is stored in the directory hierarchy. These distinguished names are specified in RFC 4514 and you can find a good description on LDAP distinguished names in the SelfADSI tutorial.

LDAP DN display in object list

You could change the object name display also with the menu option View - List Output Settings.

Object List Name Display

The friendly name output in the object list depends on the object list scope you chose before: If the list just shows the direct child objects of the currently selected container, then you see just the pure name of the objects (the RDN or Relative Distinguished Name):

Object names in friendly output (onelevel)

If the list shows all child objects in an entire subtree (deeptree object list view), then the friendly name contains the container hierarchy of the object:

Object names in friendly output (subtree)

Attribute List Name Display

In attribute lists, LEX have to show the attribute values, therefore it's a bit dangerous to change the display of distinguished name attributes because the user could overlook this conversion. To avoid misunderstandings regarding the real attribute value, you have to explicitly configure the attributes for which you want to see friendly name outputs in the attribute list. This is done with the menu option Tools - Options - LDAP Settings - Distinguished Name with RDN Output:

Configuring friendly name output in the attribute list

There is no distinguished name attribute for which the friendly name output is activated by default.

No default RDN output in attribute lists

Maybe a good candidate for this would be the member and the memberOf attributes, this could make the group membership display more clearly. Here the result of setting the attribute "member" to be displayed with short RDN output in attribute lists:

RDN output in atribute lists for single attributes