11 Managing Naming Contexts in Oracle Internet Directory

The following topics describe Oracle Internet Directory naming contexts, including how to search for naming contexts and how to publish naming contexts to enable users to search for specific naming contexts:

See "Directory Naming Contexts" for a description of naming contexts.

11.1 Publishing Naming Contexts

To publish a naming context, you specify the topmost entry of each naming context as a value of the namingContexts attribute in the root DSE. For example, suppose you have a DIT with three major naming contexts, the topmost entries of which are c=uk, c=us, and c=de.

If these entries are specified as values in the namingContexts attribute, then a user, by specifying the appropriate filter, can find information about them by searching the root DSE. The user can then focus the search—for example, by concentrating on the c=de naming context in particular.

11.2 Searching for Published Naming Contexts

To search for published naming contexts, perform a base search on the root DSE with objectClass =* specified as a search filter. The retrieved information includes those entries specified in the namingContexts attribute.

For example:

ldapsearch -p 3060 -q -D cn=orcladmin -b "" -s base -L "objectclass=*" \   namingcontexts 


This command will not return anything unless naming contexts have been published.

Before you publish a naming context, be sure that:

  • You are a directory administrator with the necessary access to the root DSE.

  • The topmost entry of that naming context exists in the directory.

11.3 Modifying a Naming Context

You use ldapmodify to publish a naming context. The namingContexts attribute is multi-valued, so you can specify multiple naming contexts.

To modify namingContexts by using the command-line:

ldapmodify -D cn=orcladmin -q -p portNum -h hostname -f ldifFile 

The following sample LDIF file specifies the entry c=uk as a naming context.

changetype: modify
add: namingcontexts
namingcontexts: c=uk