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  • From: Julio Polo <>
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  • Subject: [grouper-users] Stems and attribute definitions
  • Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 15:24:48 -1000

All examples in
seem to imply that a stem is required when defining an attribute:

studentsAttrDef = attrStudentsStem.addChildAttributeDef("students",

AttributeDef attributeDef = stem.addChildAttributeDef("someName",
AttributeDefType.attr); attributeDef.setAssignToGroup(true);

attributeDef = folder.addChildAttributeDef("attr01", AttributeDefType.attr);

If a stem is indeed required, what is the significance of this stem
with regards to the attribute being defined? Do we just arbitrarily
create a etc:attributes: stem where we define all attributes that we
plan to use? Or is it better if we define attributes closer to where
they'll be actually used? e.g. if I have group3.1, group3.2,
group3.3, group3.4 within stem1:stem2:stem3, is it recommended that i
define attributes to be associated with those groups and their
memberships under stem3?

Julio Polo
University of Hawaii

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