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LDIF2DB(8) System Manager's Manual LDIF2DB(8)


ldif2db - Directory Server script for importing a LDIF file


ldif2db [-Z serverID] -n backendname {-s includesuffix}* [{-x excludesuffix}*] [-g [string] [-G namespace_id]] {-i ldiffile}* [-c chunksize] [-v] [-O] [-E] [-q] [-h]


Imports a LDIF file. Either the option '-n' or '-s' must be used. The server instance must be stopped prior to running this command.


A summary of options is included below:

The server ID of the Directory Server instance. If there is only one instance on the system, this option can be skipped.
The name of the LDBM database to restore. Example: userRoot
Specifies the suffixes to be included or specifies the subtrees to be included.
Specifies the suffixes to be excluded or specifies the subtrees to be excluded.
Name for the LDIF file to import.
The number of entries to process before starting a fresh pass during the import. By default this is handled internally by the server.

Requests that only the core database is created without attribute indexes.
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Generates a unique ID. Type none for no unique ID to be generated and deterministic for the generated unique ID to be name-based. By default, a time-based unique ID is generated. When using the deterministic generation to have a name-based unique ID, it is also possible to specify the namespace for the server to use, as follows:

-g deterministic namespaceId

namespaceId is a string of characters in the format 00-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx.

Generates a namespace ID as a name-based unique ID. This is the same as specifying the -g deterministic option.

Encrypts data during import. This option is used only if database encryption is enabled.

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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.


ldif2db was written by the 389 Project.


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March 31, 2017