ldapmodrdn man page

ldapmodrdn — LDAP rename entry tool


ldapmodrdn [-V[V]] [-d debuglevel] [-n] [-v] [-r] [-s newsup] [-c] [-f file] [-M[M]] [-x] [-D binddn] [-W] [-w passwd] [-y passwdfile] [-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 rdn]


ldapmodrdn is a shell-accessible interface to the ldap_rename(3) library call.

ldapmodrdn opens a connection to an LDAP server, binds, and modifies the RDN of entries. The entry information is read from standard input, from file through the use of the -f option, or from the command-line pair dn and rdn.


Print version info. If -VV is given, only the version information is printed.
-d debuglevel
Set the LDAP debugging level to debuglevel. ldapmodrdn must be compiled with LDAP_DEBUG defined for this option to have any effect.
Show what would be done, but don't actually change entries. Useful for debugging in conjunction with -v.
Use verbose mode, with many diagnostics written to standard output.
Remove old RDN values from the entry. Default is to keep old values.
-s newsup
Specify a new superior entry. (I.e., move the target entry and make it a child of the new superior.) This option is not supported in LDAPv2.
Continuous operation mode. Errors are reported, but ldapmodrdn will continue with modifications. The default is to exit after reporting an error.
-f file
Read the entry modification information from file instead of from standard input or the command-line.
Enable manage DSA IT control. -MM makes control critical.
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.
Prompt for simple authentication. This is used instead of specifying 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 authentication.
-H ldapuri
Specify URI(s) referring to the ldap server(s); only the protocol/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 listening. 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 modrdn 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)

Modrdn 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.
Enable SASL Interactive mode. Always prompt. Default is to prompt only as needed.
Enable SASL Quiet mode. Never prompt.
Do not use reverse DNS to canonicalize SASL host name.
-U authcid
Specify the authentication ID for SASL bind. The form of the ID 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 u:<username>
-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.
Issue StartTLS (Transport Layer Security) extended operation. If you use -ZZ, the command will require the operation to be successful.

Input Format

If the command-line arguments dn and rdn are given, rdn will replace the RDN of the entry specified by the DN, dn.

Otherwise, the contents of file (or standard input if no -f flag is given) should consist of one or more entries.

Distinguished Name (DN)
Relative Distinguished Name (RDN)

One or more blank lines may be used to separate each DN/RDN pair.


Assuming that the file /tmp/entrymods exists and has the contents:

cn=Modify Me,dc=example,dc=com
cn=The New Me

the command:

ldapmodrdn -r -f /tmp/entrymods

will change the RDN of the "Modify Me" entry from "Modify Me" to "The New Me" and the old cn, "Modify Me" will be removed.


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 Also

ldapadd(1), ldapdelete(1), ldapmodify(1), ldapsearch(1), ldap.conf(5), ldap(3), ldap_rename(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 University of Michigan LDAP 3.3 Release.

Referenced By

ldapdelete(1), ldapmodify(1), ldapsearch(1).

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OpenLDAP 2.4.44 2016/02/05