as you have probably noticed in a thread we had with Leo on
freeipa-users@ about FreeIPA plugin development, we hadn't had
consistency in handling boolean types between LDAP and IPA Python API
level. A change is coming that would make 'native' boolean types used in
both worlds. If your plugins rely on Bool() parameter handling in
FreeIPA, your code might be affected. If your scripts using output of
IPA API rely on case-sensitive output, you might need to adjust your
If not, you can skip this email.
Pull request https://github.com/freeipa/freeipa/pull/6294
of boolean types to be native to each side:
- in LDAP, TRUE and FALSE strings used to represent the values
- in Python, native True and False constants of bool type will be used
to represent an LDAP boolean.
Prior to PR#6294, when an LDAP attribute with a boolean syntax was read
from LDAP, its representation in IPA Python code was either 'TRUE'
or 'FALSE' string. This created a bit of inconvenience:
- Python code had to explicitly compare a value to 'TRUE' or 'FALSE',
would be enough
'FALSE', 1, 0, true, false, none in every place where a boolean type
would be enough
After PR#6294 is merged, IPA Python code will use Python bool type.
JSON-RPC response to an IPA API command request would produce a simple
'true' or 'false' instead of ["TRUE"] or ["FALSE"]
elements. This means,
for example, that in the following command
ipa dnszone-show ipa.test
one would get
and the output of 'ipa dnszone-show ipa.test' would have 'True' instead
of 'TRUE' (and False instead of 'FALSE'):
$ ipa dnszone-show ipa.test
Zone name: ipa.test.
Active zone: True
Authoritative nameserver: idm.ipa.test.
Administrator e-mail address: hostmaster.ipa.test.
SOA serial: 1654159048
SOA refresh: 3600
SOA retry: 900
SOA expire: 1209600
SOA minimum: 3600
BIND update policy: grant IPA.TEST krb5-self * A; grant IPA.TEST krb5-self * AAAA;
grant IPA.TEST krb5-self * SSHFP;
Dynamic update: True
Allow query: any;
Allow transfer: none;
If your scripts rely on the case-sensitive output, you'd need to fix
them. IPA tools already able to handle the changes so they are
/ Alexander Bokovoy
Sr. Principal Software Engineer
Security / Identity Management Engineering
Red Hat Limited, Finland