POE::Component::Client::LDAP - subclass of Net::LDAP which uses POE to speak via sockets in async mode.


 use POE;
 use POE::Component::Client::LDAP;
        inline_states => {
                _start => sub {
                        my ($heap, $session) = @_[HEAP, SESSION];
                        $heap->{ldap} = POE::Component::Client::LDAP->new(
                                callback => $session->postback( 'connect' ),
                connect => sub {
                        my ($heap, $session, $callback_args) = @_[HEAP, SESSION, ARG1];
                        if ( $callback_args->[0] ) {
                                        callback => $session->postback( 'bind' ),
                        else {
                                delete $heap->{ldap};
                                print "Connection Failed\n";
                bind => sub {
                        my ($heap, $session) = @_[HEAP, SESSION];
                                base => "ou=People,dc=domain,dc=net",
                                filter => "(objectClass=person)",
                                callback => $session->postback( 'search' ),
                search => sub {
                        my ($heap, $ldap_return) = @_[HEAP, ARG1];
                        my $ldap_search = shift @$ldap_return;
                        foreach (@$ldap_return) {
                                print $_->dump;
                        delete $heap->{ldap} if $ldap_search->done;


POE::Component::Client::LDAP->new() starts up a new POE::Session and POE::Wheel to manage socket communications for an underlying Net::LDAP object, allowing it to be used in async mode properly within a POE program.


With regards to Net::LDAP, all interfaces are to be used as documented, with the following exceptions.

POE::Component::Client::LDAP->new( hostname, OPTIONS ) =item POE::Component::Client::LDAP->new( OPTIONS ) =item POE::Component::Client::LDAP->new()

A call to new() is non-blocking, always returning an object.

If a hostname is supplied, new() also acts as though you have called connect(). Please read the docs for connect() to see how the arguments work.

$object->connect( hostname, OPTIONS ) =item $object->connect( OPTIONS ) =item $object->connect()

The 'callback' argument has been added and should always be supplied to notify your code when a connection is established.

Only LDAP connections are supported at this time, LDAPS and LDAPI will be in a future release.

Connection errors are not handled at this time, again in a future release.

The 'async' option is always turned on, and whatever value you pass in will be ignored.


Async mode is always turned on and so this call will always return true, if you pass it a value to set it a fatal exception will be raised, even if value is true.


Async mode is required, this call will cause a fatal exception.


This call will throw a fatal exception.

Because POE is being used to handle socket communications I have chosen to not expose the raw socket at this time.


The callback semantics documented here are for reference, the callbacks are handled by Net::LDAP and I've only documented them for reference here. The exception to this is the callback for new() which does not exist in Net::LDAP, and thus I have defined myself.

new =item connect

No arguments are passed to indicate that an existing connection has been closed.

The first argument is a boolean indicator of whether a connection has succeeded or failed. The second argument contains the host spec used to attempt the connection.

In the case of a success the third and fourth arguments contain the address and port connected to respectively.

In the case of a failure the third argument contains the name of the operation that failed, and the fourth and fifth arguments hold numeric and string values of $! respectively.

The first argument is always the Net::LDAP::Search object presiding over this search run. The 'done' method on this object may be consulted to know when all the possible replies have been received.

The second and following arguments are Net::LDAP::Entry objects returned from the search.




Failures of many kinds are not very well handled at this time, also canceling running connection requests is not implemented.


Jonathan Steinert


Copyright 2004 Jonathan Steinert (

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.