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Editor for Novell Timestamp Attributes

This editor is used to show, edit or create Novell timestamp attribute values. This LDAP attribute syntax is used quite exclusively in Novell eDirectory environments and can hold a date/time value and two numeric values. These sub-values are historically called Time, Replica Num and EventID. These value names had been chosen by Novell because timestamp attributes are used very often for synchronization purposes of eDirectory replicas.

Editor for Novell timestamp attributes

In the top area of this dialog, you see the distinguished name and type icon for the object whose attribute your are editing. In the line beneath, the attribute name is shown.

There are several dialog controls for the different sub-values:


This a the date and time value which is the main part of an Novell timestamp attribute. You can easily set the values you want with this:

Setting the date value


Replica Num

This the first numeric value which is a sub part of a Novell timestamp attribute. You can enter any number here.


This the second numeric value which is a sub part of a Novell timestamp attribute. You can enter any number here.

Editing the raw data

If you opened a Novell timestamp attribute with this editor dialog, you can also display and edit the data in it's basic form if you want: Just press on the Raw label in the bottom left corner of the dialog. The editor is switched to an text editor then:

Editing the raw Novell timestamp data

The Novell timestamp attribute syntax describes basically a string which contains three numeric values:

    <numeric string> # <numeric string> # <numeric string> 

The first value is the numeric string of a 32 bit integer value which represents the number of seconds 12:00 midnight Jan 01 1970, UTC. This date and time format is also called Unix Epoch or Posix time format.

The other two values represent 16 bit integer values. In the Novell syntax description, the second numeric value is called 'replicaNum' the third one is called 'eventID'.In most cases, these values are 0.

When will the Novell timestamp editor will be used?

The Novell timestamp editor is used whenever LEX has valid schema information and detects the following official attribute syntax:


Timestamp {Nov}