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slapcat (8oldap)


slapcat - SLAPD database to LDIF utility


/usr/sbin/slapcat    [-afilter]    [-bsuffix]    [-c]   [-ddebug-level]
[-fslapd.conf] [-Fconfdir] [-g] [-HURI] [-lldif-file] [-ndbnum]  [-oop-
tion[=value]] [-ssubtree-dn] [-v]


SLAPCAT(8oldap)                                                SLAPCAT(8oldap)

       slapcat - SLAPD database to LDIF utility

       /usr/sbin/slapcat    [-afilter]    [-bsuffix]    [-c]   [-ddebug-level]
       [-fslapd.conf] [-Fconfdir] [-g] [-HURI] [-lldif-file] [-ndbnum]  [-oop-
       tion[=value]] [-ssubtree-dn] [-v]

       Slapcat is used to generate an LDAP Directory Interchange Format (LDIF)
       output based upon the contents of a slapd(8) database.   It  opens  the
       given  database  determined by the database number or suffix and writes
       the corresponding LDIF to standard output or the specified file.  Data-
       bases  configured as subordinate of this one are also output, unless -g
       is specified.

       The entry records are presented in database order, not  superior  first
       order.   The  entry  records  will  include  all (user and operational)
       attributes stored in the database.  The entry records will not  include
       dynamically generated attributes (such as subschemaSubentry).

       The  output  of  slapcat is intended to be used as input to slapadd(8).
       The output of slapcat cannot generally be used as input  to  ldapadd(1)
       or  other  LDAP clients without first editing the output.  This editing
       would normally include reordering the records into superior first order
       and removing no-user-modification operational attributes.

       -a filter
              Only dump entries matching the asserted filter.  For example

              slapcat -a \

              will  dump  all but the "ou=People,dc=example,dc=com" subtree of
              the   "dc=example,dc=com"   database.    Deprecated;   use    -H
              ldap:///???(filter) instead.

       -b suffix
              Use the specified suffix to determine which database to generate
              output for.  The -b cannot be used in conjunction  with  the  -n

       -c     Enable  continue  (ignore errors) mode.  Multiple occorrences of
              -c make slapcat(8) try harder.

       -d debug-level
              Enable debugging messages as defined  by  the  specified  debug-
              level; see slapd(8) for details.

       -f slapd.conf
              Specify an alternative slapd.conf(5) file.

       -F confdir
              specify  a  config  directory.  If both -f and -F are specified,
              the config file will be read and converted to  config  directory
              format  and  written  to  the  specified  directory.  If neither
              option is specified, an  attempt  to  read  the  default  config
              directory  will  be made before trying to use the default config
              file. If a valid config directory exists then the default config
              file is ignored.

       -g     disable subordinate gluing.  Only the specified database will be
              processed, and not its glued subordinates (if any).

       -H  URI
              use dn, scope and  filter  from  URI  to  only  handle  matching

       -l ldif-file
              Write LDIF to specified file instead of standard output.

       -n dbnum
              Generate output for the dbnum-th database listed in the configu-
              ration file. The config database slapd-config(5), is always  the
              first database, so use -n 0 to select it.

              The -n cannot be used in conjunction with the -b option.

       -o option[=value]
              Specify  an  option  with a(n optional) value.  Possible generic
              options/values are:

                     syslog=<subsystems>  (see `-s' in slapd(8))
                     syslog-level=<level> (see `-S' in slapd(8))
                     syslog-user=<user>   (see `-l' in slapd(8))


              n is the number of columns allowed for the LDIF output
              (n equal to 0 uses the default, corresponding to 78).
              The minimum is 2, leaving space for one character and one
              continuation character.
              Use no for no wrap.

       -s subtree-dn
              Only dump entries in the subtree specified by this DN.
              Implies -b subtree-dn if no
              option is given.
              Deprecated; use -H ldap:///subtree-dn instead.

       -v     Enable verbose mode.

       For some backend types, your slapd(8) should not be running (at  least,
       not  in  read-write mode) when you do this to ensure consistency of the
       database. It is always safe  to  run  slapcat  with  the  slapd-bdb(5),
       slapd-hdb(5), slapd-mdb(5), and slapd-null(5) backends.

       To  make  a  text  backup  of  your SLAPD database and put it in a file
       called ldif, give the command:

            /usr/sbin/slapcat -l ldif

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

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

       ldap(3), ldif(5), slapadd(8), ldapadd(1), slapd(8)

       "OpenLDAP Administrator's Guide" (http://www.OpenLDAP.org/doc/admin/)

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       <http://www.openldap.org/>.  OpenLDAP Software is derived from the Uni-
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       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.    The  original  community
       source was downloaded from   ftp://ftp.openldap.org/pub/OpenLDAP/openl-

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OpenLDAP 2.4.59                   2021/06/03                   SLAPCAT(8oldap)