Directory Digger

Update (2007-06-27): Directory Digger is a featured download on‘s main dashboard widget site. Cool! (thanks Rob, for the tip)

Directory Digger IconIn my spare time (heh), I’ve built an Apple dashboard widget that lets one search an LDAP directory. For me, the tool is filling a number of needs. The project page summarizes some of them:

This application is intended to simplify the search interface that is found at the directory pages of many organizations. It also aims to provide access to that information in a handy place. It leverages OS X’s local ldapsearch tools to search remote LDAP directories, as opposed to relying on an external server to provide the lookup functionality and return results.

You can read more, and download it on the DirectoryDigger project page.

Release early, release often, right? Well, this is one I’ve been sitting on for some time. Years, I think. It feels good to get it up and out.


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    Posted June 22, 2007 at 5:58 pm | #

    using your wonderful widget, I would like to know if there is a way you can ask to authenticate. Meaning, I need to authenticate to the LDAP server before I can request results. Can you share how to do that, or add code to your widget to do that?

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    Posted June 25, 2007 at 8:12 pm | #

    @rtfm – I would start by looking at the command line ldapsearch tool and seeing if you can successfully authenticate that way (i.e. ldapsearch -x or ldapsearch -k). Since DirectoryDigger uses this command to perform it’s searches, once you have the query working on the command line, you can edit the src/events.js file to see if you can get it working within the widget. Hope that helps – let us know how it turns out!

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