ldapdelete — LDAP delete entry tool
−V [V] ] [
−d debuglevel ] [
−f file ] [
−z sizelimit ] [
−M [M] ] [
−D binddn ] [
−w passwd ] [
−y passwdfile ] [
−H ldapuri ] [
−h ldaphost ] [
−p ldapport ] [
−P 2 | 3 ] [
−e [!] ext [=extparam] ] [
−E [!] ext [=extparam] ]
−o opt [ = optparam ] ]
security−properties ] [
−U authcid ] [
−R realm ] [
−X authzid ] [
−Y mech ] [
−Z [Z] ] [ DN [ ... ] ]
ldapdelete is a shell-accessible interface to the ldap_delete_ext(3) library call.
opens a connection to an LDAP server, binds, and deletes one
or more entries. If one or more
DN arguments are provided,
entries with those Distinguished Names are deleted. Each
DN should be provided
using the LDAPv3 string representation as defined in RFC
4514. If no
arguments are provided, a list of DNs is read from standard
input (or from
−f flag is
Print version info. If
−VV is given, only the version
information is printed.
Set the LDAP debugging level to
debuglevel. ldapdelete must be
compiled with LDAP_DEBUG defined for this option to
have any effect.
Show what would be done, but don't actually delete
entries. Useful for debugging in conjunction with
Use verbose mode, with many diagnostics written to standard output.
Continuous operation mode. Errors are reported, but ldapdelete will continue with deletions. The default is to exit after reporting an error.
Read a series of DNs from
file, one per line,
performing an LDAP delete for each.
Do a recursive delete. If the DN specified isn't a leaf, its children, and all their children are deleted down the tree. No verification is done, so if you add this switch, ldapdelete will happily delete large portions of your tree. Use with care.
sizelimit when searching
for children DN to delete, to circumvent any
server-side size limit. Only useful in conjunction with
Enable manage DSA IT control.
−MM makes control critical.
Use simple authentication instead of SASL.
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.
as the password for simple authentication.
Use complete contents of
passwdfile as the
password for simple authentication.
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.
Specify an alternate host on which the ldap server
is running. Deprecated in favor of
Specify an alternate TCP port where the ldap server
is listening. Deprecated in favor of
Specify the LDAP protocol version to use.
Specify general extensions with
−e and delete extensions with
[!]assert=<filter> (an RFC 4515 Filter) !authzid=<authzid> ("dn:<dn>" or "u:<user>") [!]bauthzid (RFC 3829 authzid control) [!]chaining[=<resolve>[/<cont>]] [!]manageDSAit [!]noop ppolicy [!]postread[=<attrs>] (a comma-separated attribute list) [!]preread[=<attrs>] (a comma-separated attribute list) [!]relax sessiontracking abandon,cancel,ignore (SIGINT sends abandon/cancel, or ignores response; if critical, doesn't wait for SIGINT. not really controls)
Specify general options.
nettimeout=<timeout> (in seconds, or "none" or "max") ldif-wrap=<width> (in columns, or "no" for no wrapping)
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.
Specify the authentication ID for SASL bind. The form of the identity depends on the actual SASL mechanism used.
Specify the realm of authentication ID for SASL bind. The form of the realm depends on the actual SASL mechanism used.
Specify the requested authorization ID for SASL
must be one of the following formats:
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.
The following command:
ldapdelete "cn=Delete Me,dc=example,dc=com"
will attempt to delete the entry named "cn=Delete Me,dc=example,dc=com". Of course it would probably be necessary to supply authentication credentials.
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.
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