interesting issue with dictionary file in FR 3.x GIT

Alan DeKok aland at
Wed May 30 13:43:21 CEST 2012

Phil Mayers wrote:
> For any specific reason? I don't care one way or the other, just curious.

  The extended attributes.  They're fairly weird.  It is useful to have
just *one* way to parse unknown attributes.  The new OID format is
general, simple, and works.

>>    If you have third-party tools which read the detail files, fix them to
>> use libfreeradius-radius.  That will parse the attributes correctly.
> One thing worth bearing in mind is that many (most?) detail parsers I've
> seen are not written in "C". This is perfectly reasonable given the
> use-case, and calling into libfreeradius-radius from those tools is
> likely prohibitively complex.

  Well.... they're going to have to be updated to understand the new
extended attributes.

> It's probably not an issue in practice of course, since these are
> *unknown* attributes; I suspect if people care about them, they'll be
> defined in dictionaries.


  Alan DeKok.

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