You can use the ldapsearch command-line utility to locate and retrieve directory entries. Note that the ldapsearch utility described in this section is not the utility provided with the Solaris platform, but is part of the Directory Server Resource Kit.
This utility opens a connection to the server with a specified a user identity (usually a distinguished name) and password, and locates entries based on a search filter. Search scopes can include a single entry, an entry’s immediate subentries, or an entire tree or subtree.
Search results are returned in LDIF format.
ldapsearch [optional_options] [search_filter] [optional_list_of_attributes]
optional_options represents a series of command-line options. These must be specified before the search filter, if any.
search_filter represents an LDAP search filter in a file using the -f option.
optional_list_of_attributes represents a list of attributes separated by a space. Specifying a list of attributes reduces the number of attributes returned in the search results. This list of attributes must appear after the search filter. If you do not specify a list of attributes, the search returns values for all attributes permitted by the access control set in the directory (with the exception of operational attributes).
If you want operational attributes returned as a result of a search operation, you must explicitly specify them in the search command. To retrieve regular attributes in addition to explicitly specified operational attributes, use an asterisk (*) in the list of attributes in the ldapsearch command.
When using the ldapsearch command-line utility, you may need to specify values that contain characters that have special meaning to the command-line interpreter (such as space [ ], asterisk [*], backslash [\\], and so forth). When you specify special characters, enclose the value in quotation marks (“”). For example:
-D "cn=Charlene Daniels,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com"
Depending on your command-line interpreter, use either single or double quotation marks for this purpose. Refer to your shell documentation for more information.