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.