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RE: Removal of custom attribute in grouper

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  • From: Chris Hyzer <>
  • To: Raymond D Walker <>, "" <>
  • Subject: RE: Removal of custom attribute in grouper
  • Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 17:30:26 -0400
  • Accept-language: en-US
  • Acceptlanguage: en-US

I believe I have a way to do this with GSH. Please carefully review and test
before running. Also, I would like to keep a library of useful scripts like

Note, the long for loop line needs to be on one line with no linebreaks I

Using GROUPER_HOME: C:\mchyzer\isc\dev\grouper_v1_4\grouper\bin\..
Using JAVA: "c:\dev_inst\java/bin/java"
using MEMORY: 64m-512m
Type help() for instructions
gsh 0% typeAdd("testType");
type: 'testType'
gsh 2% typeAddAttr("testType", "typeAttr", AccessPrivilege.READ,
AccessPrivilege.ADMIN, false);
attribute: 'typeAttr'
gsh 3% groupAddType("test:test1", "testType")
gsh 5% setGroupAttr("test:test1", "typeAttr", "whatever")
gsh 7% groupAddType("test:test2", "testType")
gsh 9% setGroupAttr("test:test2", "typeAttr", "whatever2")
gsh 11% for(theGroup :
"%")) { System.out
.println(theGroup.getName()); theGroup.deleteAttribute("typeAttr"); }
gsh 12% typeDelField("testType", "typeAttr");

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Raymond D Walker
> [mailto:]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 2:20 PM
> To:
> Subject: [grouper-users] Removal of custom attribute in grouper
> After creating a custom group type, then adding custom attributes, I
> was
> able to remove/delete said custom attributes via typeDelField(type
> name,
> field name). Once a custom attribute is used though, I find that it is
> unable to be removed and/or cleaned up.
> TypeDelField returns:
> gsh 60% typeDelField("NAUENTGROUP", "gidnumber")
> // Error: cannot delete field that is in use: gidnumber
> First thought was to remove all use of the attribute... Alas, there is
> no
> mechanism via either GSH or web calls... Or is there?
> Any suggestions other than going through tables by hand to remove the
> existence of a custom attribute that is no longer needed?
> I also see this as a possible issue with removing custom group types...
> Does
> it error out when dealing with custom attributes that are "still in
> use"?
> (To be honest, I haven't tried to remove a group type
> "typeDel(typeName)" to
> see if it cleans up custom attributes.) If it does remove the used
> attributes, I sill think it's not a good way of removing custom
> attributes
> due to it's destructive nature... ie. I'd like to keep around the other
> custom attributes on my custom type.
> Thanks for any info,
> --
> Raymond Walker
> Software Systems Engineer Sr.
> ITS Northern Arizona University
> Phone 928-523-0334

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