syntax-validate.pl man page

syntax-validate.pl — Directory Server perl script for validating attribute syntax.


syntax-validate.pl [-Z serverID] [-D rootdn] { -w password | -w - | -j filename } -b baseDN [-f filter] [-P protocol] [-v] [-h]


Syntax validation checks every modification to attributes to make sure that the new value has the required syntax for that attribute type. All attribute syntaxes are validated against the definitions in RFC 4514.


A summary of options is included below:

-Z Server Identifier
The server ID of the Directory Server instance. If there is only one instance on the system, this option can be skipped.
-D Root DN
The Directory Manager DN, or root DN. If not specified, the script will search the server instance configuration for the value.
-w password
The rootdn password.
-w -
Prompt for the rootdn password.
-j password filename
The name of the file that contains the root DN password.
-b baseDN
Gives the base DN for the entries to validate.
-f filter
Contains a search filter to use to select a subset of entries to validate. If this is not given, then all entries under the base DN are checked.
-P protocol
The connection protocol to connect to the Directory Server. Protocols are STARTTLS, LDAPS, LDAPI, and LDAP. If this option is skipped, the most secure protocol that is available is used. For LDAPI, AUTOBIND is also available for the root user.
Display verbose output
Display usage


syntax-validate.pl -Z instance2 -D 'cn=directory manager' -w password -b 'dc=example,dc=com' -f 'cn=*' -P STARTTLS
Note: security must be enabled to use protocol STARTTLS. If STARTTLS is not available it will default to next strongest/available protocol automatically.


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


syntax-validate.pl was written by the 389 Project.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to https://fedorahosted.org/389/newticket.


Mar 5, 2013