ldapdelete - LDAP delete entry tool


   ldapdelete  [-V[V]]  [-d debuglevel]  [-n]  [-v]  [-c]  [-f file]  [-r]
   [-z sizelimit]    [-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 [...]]


   ldapdelete is a shell-accessible interface  to  the  ldap_delete_ext(3)
   library call.

   ldapdelete 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
   DN  arguments  are  provided, a list of DNs is read from standard input
   (or from file if the -f flag is used).


   -V[V]  Print  version  info.   If  -VV  is  given,  only  the   version
          information is printed.

   -d debuglevel
          Set  the LDAP debugging level to debuglevel.  ldapdelete must be
          compiled with LDAP_DEBUG defined for this  option  to  have  any

   -n     Show  what  would  be  done,  but don't actually delete entries.
          Useful for debugging in conjunction with -v.

   -v     Use verbose mode, with  many  diagnostics  written  to  standard

   -c     Continuous   operation   mode.    Errors   are   reported,   but
          ldapdelete will  continue  with  deletions.   The default is  to
          exit after reporting an error.

   -f file
          Read a series of DNs from file, one per line, performing an LDAP
          delete for each.

   -r     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.

   -z sizelimit
          Use  sizelimit  when  searching  for  children  DN to delete, to
          circumvent  any  server-side  size  limit.    Only   useful   in
          conjunction with -r.

   -M[M]  Enable manage DSA IT control.  -MM makes control critical.

   -x     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.

   -W     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

   -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  delete  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)

          Delete 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.

   -I     Enable  SASL  Interactive  mode.   Always prompt.  Default is to
          prompt only as needed.

   -Q     Enable SASL Quiet mode.  Never prompt.

   -N     Do not use reverse DNS to canonicalize SASL host name.

   -U authcid
          Specify the authentication ID for SASL bind.  The  form  of  the
          identity 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

   -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.

   -Z[Z]  Issue StartTLS (Transport Layer Security) extended operation. If
          you  use  -ZZ,  the  command  will  require  the operation to be


   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.


   ldap.conf(5),  ldapadd(1), ldapmodify(1), ldapmodrdn(1), ldapsearch(1),
   ldap(3), ldap_delete_ext(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.


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