Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.1 Reference

Organizational Unit Entries in LDIF

In a directory tree, an organizational unit represents a major subdirectory. A directory tree usually contains more than one organizational unit. An LDIF file that defines an organizational unit entry must appear as follows:

dn: distinguished_name
objectClass: top
objectClass: organizationalUnit
ou: organizational_unit_namelist_of_optional_attributes...

The following example shows an organizational unit entry in LDIF format:

dn: ou=people,
objectclass: top
objectclass: organizationalUnit
ou: people
description: Fictional organizational unit for example purposes

The following table defines each element of the organizational unit entry.

Table 13–3 Organizational Unit Entries in LDIF

LDIF Element  


dn: distinguished_name

Required. Specifies the distinguished name for the entry.  

If there is a comma in the DN, the comma must be escaped with a backslash (\). For example: 

dn: ou=people, Bolivia\,S.A.

objectClass: top

Required. Specifies the top object class.

objectClass: organizationalUnit

Specifies the organizationalUnit object class. This line defines the entry as an organizationalUnit.

ou: organizational_unit_name

Specifies an attribute containing the name of the organizational unit. 


Specifies the list of optional attributes that maintain for the entry.