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Updated: 2007/08/20
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ldapmodrdn - LDAP rename entry tool  


ldapmodrdn [-r] [-s newsup] [-n] [-v] [-c] [-M[M]] [-d debuglevel] [-D binddn] [-W] [-w passwd] [-y passwdfile] [-H ldapuri] [-h ldaphost] [-p ldapport] [-P 2|3] [-O security-properties] [-I] [-Q] [-U authcid] [-R realm] [-x] [-X authzid] [-Y mech] [-Z[Z]] [-f file] [dn rdn]  


ldapmodrdn is a shell-accessible interface to the ldap_modrdn2(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.  


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.
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.
Continuous operation mode. Errors are reported, but ldapmodrdn will continue with modifications. The default is to exit after reporting an error.
Enable manage DSA IT control. -MM makes control critical.
-d debuglevel
Set the LDAP debugging level to debuglevel. ldapmodrdn must be compiled with LDAP_DEBUG defined for this option to have any effect.
-f file
Read the entry modification information from file instead of from standard input or the command-line.
Use simple authentication instead of SASL.
-D binddn
Use the Distinguished Name binddn to bind to the LDAP directory.
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.
-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.
-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.


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.  


ldapadd(1), ldapdelete(1), ldapmodify(1), ldapsearch(1), ldap.conf(5), ldap(3), ldap_modrdn2(3)  


The OpenLDAP Project <>  


OpenLDAP is developed and maintained by The OpenLDAP Project ( OpenLDAP is derived from University of Michigan LDAP 3.3 Release.




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