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Just beginning with LDAP and have imported outlook records into a directory. that look like this: enter image description here

Have also edited individual addresses in in the Apache Directory Studio any number of ways to show the street, and city, state on separate lines like a conventional address would look enter image description here

but later looking at them from the address book they appear as:

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obviously the $ is used to wrap the second part of the address, but is there a way to not show that in the address book output? a different character in substitution?

What is doing this? Apache Diretory Studio is showing it as a comma, but in edit mode it shows nothing. And does it matter at all? or just a potential confusion for users?

I might add, that adding the contact back to an outlook client pulls in the $

Using ApacheDS which may have some peculiar impact on this or not.

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This link has the information describing the format of the postalAddress attribute.

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Thanks for this. I do see that the '$' is part of how the encoding should be, but don't understand what that means, if I want to just show a CrLf instead. Or if it is even possible. –  datatoo Feb 19 '12 at 19:06
    
The $ is used to separate portions of t16string components. Code that desires to display the address should change the record separators to the correct characters according to the local encoding. –  Terry Gardner Feb 19 '12 at 21:33

Have you looked at the syntax of that attribute? I happen to know in eDirectory that postalAddress uses a funky syntax that has 6 components. You would see them # separated in eDirectory.

I wonder if your directory service (undisclosed) has some interesting syntax for this attribute, beyond simple strings?

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I just noted the server which is AcpacheDS, perhaps you are right. I do find it weird that outlook concatenates all these fields anyway, rather than allowing individual fields. Seems ripe for errors in parsing –  datatoo Feb 10 '12 at 4:15
    
Its a bad choice of a field on Outlooks point. –  geoffc Feb 10 '12 at 12:53

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