Section: Maintenance Commands (8C)
Updated: 2006/08/19
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slapadd - Add entries to a SLAPD database  


/usr/sbin/slapadd [-v] [-c] [-g] [-u] [-q] [-w] [-d level] [-b suffix] [-n dbnum] [-f slapd.conf] [-F confdir] [-l ldif-file]  


Slapadd is used to add entries specified in LDAP Directory Interchange Format (LDIF) to a slapd(8) database. It opens the given database determined by the database number or suffix and adds entries corresponding to the provided LDIF to the database. Databases configured as subordinate of this one are also updated, unless -g is specified. The LDIF input is read from standard input or the specified file.

As slapadd is designed to accept LDIF in database order, as produced by slapcat(8), it does not verify that superior entries exist before adding an entry, does not perform all user and system schema checks, and does not maintain operational attributes (such as createTimeStamp and modifiersName).  


enable verbose mode.
enable continue (ignore errors) mode.
disable subordinate gluing. Only the specified database will be processed, and not its glued subordinates (if any).
enable dry-run (don't write to backend) mode.
enable quick (fewer integrity checks) mode. Does fewer consistency checks on the input data, and no consistency checks when writing the database. Improves the load time but if any errors or interruptions occur the resulting database will be unusable.
write syncrepl context information. After all entries are added, the contextCSN will be updated with the greatest CSN in the database.
-d level
enable debugging messages as defined by the specified level.
-b suffix
Use the specified suffix to determine which database to add entries to. The -b cannot be used in conjunction with the -n option.
-n dbnum
Add entries to the dbnum-th database listed in the configuration file. The -n cannot be used in conjunction with the -b option.
-f slapd.conf
specify an alternative slapd.conf(5) file.
-F confdir
specify a config directory. If both -f and -F are specified, the config file will be read and converted to config directory format and written to the specified directory. If neither option is specified, an attempt to read the default config directory will be made before trying to use the default config file. If a valid config directory exists then the default config file is ignored. If dryrun mode is also specified, no conversion will occur.
-l ldif-file
Read LDIF from the specified file instead of standard input.


Your slapd(8) should not be running when you do this to ensure consistency of the database.

slapadd may not provide naming or schema checks. It is advisable to use ldapadd(1) when adding new entries into an existing directory.  


To import the entries specified in file ldif into your slapd(8) database give the command:

        /usr/sbin/slapadd -l ldif


ldap(3), ldif(5), slapcat(8), ldapadd(1), slapd(8)

"OpenLDAP Administrator's Guide" (  


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