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.

2 Answers 2


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

  • 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, 2012 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. Feb 19, 2012 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?

  • 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, 2012 at 4:15
  • Its a bad choice of a field on Outlooks point.
    – geoffc
    Feb 10, 2012 at 12:53

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