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Re: db.debian.org (and related infrastructure) updates

On Sun, Dec 31, 2006 at 01:16:24PM +0100, Amaya wrote:
> Nicolas Boullis wrote:
> > What about gender? How is it specified?
> Currently it is a drop down that allows you to choose:
> - unspecified
> - male
> - female
> Which in my opinion reflects sex and not gender.
> I would rather have it as an input field where people can express their
> gender in the way they want to, as gender has little to do with
> biological sex, and there's more than two options for it. 

Except that we're talking about LDAP here, not SQL.

For those not familiar with LDAP:

wouter@country:~$ ldapsearch -h 'db.debian.org' -b'cn=Subschema' -x -s base '(objectClass=*)' attributeTypes | grep gender
attributeTypes: ( NAME 'gender' DESC 'ISO 5218 rep
 resentation of human gender' EQUALITY integerMatch SYNTAX

In other words, if you want to see that changed, take it up with ISO.
No, changing it unilaterally in Debian won't help, either; In LDAP, a
field of a specific name always (*always*) has a certain syntax;
breaking that would break software that expects this particular field to
be in that particular syntax.

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