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|Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition Reference 11 g Release 1 (188.8.131.52.0)|
Directory Server uses the LDAP Data Interchange Format (LDIF) to describe a directory and its entries in text format. LDIF can be used to build the initial directory database or to add large numbers of entries to a directory. LDIF can also be used to describe changes to directory entries. Most command-line utilities rely on LDIF for input or output.
All directory data is stored by using the UTF-8 encoding of Unicode, and, therefore, LDIF files must also be UTF-8 encoded.
This chapter also provides information about searching the directory, and LDAP search filters.
For information about LDIF and searching the directory, see the following sections: