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ldapdelete (1oldap)


ldapdelete - LDAP delete entry tool /usr/bin/openldapdelete - LDAP delete entry tool /usr/lib/openldap/bin/ldapdelete - LDAP delete entry tool


ldapdelete  [-V[V]]  [-d debuglevel]  [-n]  [-v]  [-c]  [-f file]  [-r]
[-z sizelimit] [-M[M]] [-x] [-D binddn]  [-W]  [-w passwd]  [-y passwd-
file]     [-H ldapuri]     [-h ldaphost]    [-p ldapport]    [-P {2|3}]
[-e [!]ext[=extparam]]    [-E [!]ext[=extparam]]    [-o opt[=optparam]]
[-O security-properties]   [-I]   [-Q]   [-N]  [-U authcid]  [-R realm]
[-X authzid] [-Y mech] [-Z[Z]] [DN [...]]


LDAPDELETE(1oldap)                                          LDAPDELETE(1oldap)

       /usr/bin/ldapdelete - LDAP delete entry tool
       /usr/bin/openldapdelete - LDAP delete entry tool
       /usr/lib/openldap/bin/ldapdelete - LDAP delete entry tool

       ldapdelete  [-V[V]]  [-d debuglevel]  [-n]  [-v]  [-c]  [-f file]  [-r]
       [-z sizelimit] [-M[M]] [-x] [-D binddn]  [-W]  [-w passwd]  [-y passwd-
       file]     [-H ldapuri]     [-h ldaphost]    [-p ldapport]    [-P {2|3}]
       [-e [!]ext[=extparam]]    [-E [!]ext[=extparam]]    [-o opt[=optparam]]
       [-O security-properties]   [-I]   [-Q]   [-N]  [-U authcid]  [-R realm]
       [-X authzid] [-Y mech] [-Z[Z]] [DN [...]]

       ldapdelete is a shell-accessible interface  to  the  ldap_delete_ext(3)
       library call.

       ldapdelete opens a connection to an LDAP server, binds, and deletes one
       or more entries.  If one or more DN  arguments  are  provided,  entries
       with those Distinguished Names are deleted.  Each DN should be provided
       using the LDAPv3 string representation as defined in RFC 4514.   If  no
       DN  arguments  are  provided, a list of DNs is read from standard input
       (or from file if the -f flag is used).

       -V[V]  Print version info.  If -VV is given, only the version  informa-
              tion is printed.

       -d debuglevel
              Set  the LDAP debugging level to debuglevel.  ldapdelete must be
              compiled with LDAP_DEBUG defined for this  option  to  have  any

       -n     Show  what  would  be  done,  but don't actually delete entries.
              Useful for debugging in conjunction with -v.

       -v     Use verbose mode, with many diagnostics written to standard out-

       -c     Continuous   operation   mode.    Errors   are   reported,   but
              ldapdelete will  continue  with  deletions.   The default is  to
              exit after reporting an error.

       -f file
              Read a series of DNs from file, one per line, performing an LDAP
              delete for each.

       -r     Do a recursive delete.  If the DN specified isn't  a  leaf,  its
              children,  and all their children are deleted down the tree.  No
              verification is done, so if you add this switch, ldapdelete will
              happily delete large portions of your tree.  Use with care.

       -z sizelimit
              Use  sizelimit when searching for children DN to delete, to cir-
              cumvent any server-side size limit.  Only useful in  conjunction
              with -r.

       -M[M]  Enable manage DSA IT control.  -MM makes control critical.

       -x     Use simple authentication instead of SASL.

       -D binddn
              Use the Distinguished Name binddn to bind to the LDAP directory.
              For SASL binds, the server is expected to ignore this value.

       -W     Prompt for simple authentication.  This is used instead of spec-
              ifying the password on the command line.

       -w passwd
              Use passwd as the password for simple authentication.

       -y passwdfile
              Use  complete  contents of passwdfile as the password for simple

       -H ldapuri
              Specify URI(s) referring to the ldap server(s); only the  proto-
              col/host/port  fields  are  allowed; a list of URI, separated by
              whitespace or commas is expected.

       -h ldaphost
              Specify an alternate host on which the ldap server  is  running.
              Deprecated in favor of -H.

       -p ldapport
              Specify  an  alternate TCP port where the ldap server is listen-
              ing.  Deprecated in favor of -H.

       -P {2|3}
              Specify the LDAP protocol version to use.

       -e [!]ext[=extparam]

       -E [!]ext[=extparam]

              Specify general extensions with -e and  delete  extensions  with
              -E.  '!' indicates criticality.

              General extensions:
                [!]assert=<filter>    (an RFC 4515 Filter)
                !authzid=<authzid>    ("dn:<dn>" or "u:<user>")
                [!]bauthzid           (RFC 3829 authzid control)
                [!]postread[=<attrs>] (a comma-separated attribute list)
                [!]preread[=<attrs>]  (a comma-separated attribute list)
                abandon,cancel,ignore (SIGINT sends abandon/cancel,
                or ignores response; if critical, doesn't wait for SIGINT.
                not really controls)

              Delete extensions:

       -o opt[=optparam]

              Specify general options.

              General options:
                nettimeout=<timeout>  (in seconds, or "none" or "max")
                ldif-wrap=<width>     (in columns, or "no" for no wrapping)

       -O security-properties
              Specify SASL security properties.

       -I     Enable  SASL  Interactive  mode.   Always prompt.  Default is to
              prompt only as needed.

       -Q     Enable SASL Quiet mode.  Never prompt.

       -N     Do not use reverse DNS to canonicalize SASL host name.

       -U authcid
              Specify the authentication ID for SASL bind.  The  form  of  the
              identity depends on the actual SASL mechanism used.

       -R realm
              Specify  the  realm of authentication ID for SASL bind. The form
              of the realm depends on the actual SASL mechanism used.

       -X authzid
              Specify the requested authorization ID for SASL  bind.   authzid
              must be one of the following formats: dn:<distinguished name> or

       -Y mech
              Specify the SASL mechanism to be  used  for  authentication.  If
              it's  not  specified, the program will choose the best mechanism
              the server knows.

       -Z[Z]  Issue StartTLS (Transport Layer Security) extended operation. If
              you  use  -ZZ, the command will require the operation to be suc-

       The following command:

           ldapdelete "cn=Delete Me,dc=example,dc=com"

       will  attempt  to  delete  the  entry  named   "cn=Delete   Me,dc=exam-
       ple,dc=com".   Of  course  it  would  probably  be  necessary to supply
       authentication credentials.

       Exit status is 0 if no errors occur.  Errors result in a non-zero  exit
       status and a diagnostic message being written to standard error.

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |ATTRIBUTE TYPE |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE        |
       |Availability   | system/network/ldap/openldap |
       |Stability      | Pass-through uncommitted     |

       ldap.conf(5),  ldapadd(1), ldapmodify(1), ldapmodrdn(1), ldapsearch(1),
       ldap(3), ldap_delete_ext(3)

       The OpenLDAP Project <http://www.openldap.org/>

       OpenLDAP Software is developed and maintained by The  OpenLDAP  Project
       <http://www.openldap.org/>.  OpenLDAP Software is derived from the Uni-
       versity of Michigan LDAP 3.3 Release.

       Source code for open source software components in Oracle  Solaris  can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This    software    was    built    from    source     available     at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.    The  original  community
       source was downloaded from   ftp://ftp.openldap.org/pub/OpenLDAP/openl-

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at http://www.openldap.org/.

OpenLDAP 2.4.59                   2021/06/03                LDAPDELETE(1oldap)