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General Tool Usage Information


The ldifmodify command makes changes to the contents of an LDIF file.


ldifmodify options


The ldifmodify command can be used to make changes to the contents of an LDIF file. Although similar to the ldapmodify command, the ldifmodify command does not connect to the directory server but rather operates locally on the LDIF file. The command also does not accept change information on standard input. It must read all changes from a file.

To make it possible to operate on very large LDIF files with limited amounts of memory, the following limitations will be enforced on the types of changes that can be made:


All options (with the exception of --help and --version) are required. The ldifmodify command accepts an option in either its short form (for example, -m changeFile) or its long form equivalent (for example, --changesLDIF changeFile).

-m, --changesLDIF changeFile

Specify the path to the file containing the changes to apply. The contents of this file must be in LDIF change format.

-s, --sourceLDIF sourceFile

Specify the path to the source LDIF file, which contains the data to be updated.

-t, --targetLDIF targetFile

Specify the path to the target LDIF file, which will consist of the data from the source LDIF with all of the specified changes applied.

-?, -H, --help

Display command usage information and exit without attempting to perform any additional processing.

-V, --version

Display the directory server version information and exit rather than attempting to run this command.


The following examples show how to use the directory server commands. You can use the commands on any UNIX, Linux, or Windows system that has at least the Java SE 5 (at least Sun version 1.5.0_08, preferably the latest version of Java SE 6) runtime environment installed on its target system. See Sun OpenDS Standard Edition System Requirements in Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.2 Installation Guide for more information.

Example 132
Modifying an LDIF File

Suppose that the source file is as follows:

dn: uid=qcubbins,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com
objectclass: top
objectclass: person
objectclass: organizationalPerson
objectclass: inetOrgPerson
uid: qcubbins
givenName: Quentin
sn: Cubbins
cn: Quentin Cubbins
mail: qcubbins@example.com
userPassword: qcubbins
description: This is Quentin's description.

And suppose that the update (change) file is as follows:

## Add new telephone number for Quentin Cubbins
dn: uid=qcubbins,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com
changetype: modify
add: telephoneNumber
telephoneNumber: 512-401-1241

The following command updates a source file (-s) with changes listed in a modify file (-m) and outputs to a target file (-t). For Windows platforms, use the file paths for the modify file (for example, -m \temp\update.ldif), the source file (for example, -s \temp\quentin.ldif), and the target file (for example, -s \temp\quentin_updated.ldif):

$ ldifmodify -m /usr/local/update.ldif -s /usr/local/quentin.ldif \
-t /usr/local/quentin_updated.ldif

The updated file is as follows:

dn: uid=qcubbins,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com
objectClass: inetOrgPerson
objectClass: person
objectClass: top
objectClass: organizationalPerson
sn: Cubbins
userPassword: qcubbins
description: This is Quentin's description.
cn: Quentin Cubbins
telephoneNumber: 512-401-1241
givenName: Quentin
uid: qcubbins
mail: qcubbins@example.com
Exit Codes

An exit code of 0 indicates that the operation completed successfully. An exit code of 1 or greater indicates that an error occurred during processing.

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