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Displaying DN Attributes

LEX offers the possibility to show object distinguished names (DNs) in a short, friendly way. Instead of the full distinguished names, you see just the relative distinguished name (RDN). In other words: You just see the pure object name.

Distinguished names output

You can toggle the object name display with the Show Friendly Object Names button Show friendly object names button - or with the menu option View - List Output Settings - Show Friendly Object Names.

Friendly Names in Subtree Display


When you activate the display scope to see all child object below a certain hierarchy level (with the the Show Objects in all Subcontainers button Show objects in all subcontainers button), then it could be confusing to see just the friendly object short names. Instead, LE shows you a friendly version of the tree path name:

Subtree scope in object list with friendly names

By the way: If you deactivate the friendly name output, then you see all objects again with their full distinguished name, not matter whether you ave a subtree scope or not.

Distinguished Names in Attribute Lists

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

Distinguished Names in Novell Notation


Whenever you set the display options to see the full distinguished names, you can choose o switch this to a Novell dotted notation. Instead of the normal notation

Object Names as DN

You see the DNs like this:

Object names in Novell notation

This might be easier if you are working in an environment where such notation is important when handling the object names. You can toggle this name output with the menu option View - List output Settings - Show DNs in Novell Notation or the Show distinguished name in Novell notation button Show distinguished name in Novell notation button.