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SLAPADD(8C)                                                  SLAPADD(8C)

NAME         top

       slapadd - Add entries to a SLAPD database

SYNOPSIS         top

       SBINDIR/slapadd [-b suffix] [-c] [-d debug-level] [-f slapd.conf]
       [-F confdir] [-g] [-j lineno] [-l ldif-file] [-n dbnum]
       [-o option[=value]] [-q] [-s] [-S SID] [-u] [-v] [-w]

DESCRIPTION         top

       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.

       All files eventually created by slapadd will belong to the
       identity slapadd is run as, so make sure you either run slapadd
       with the same identity slapd(8) will be run as (see option -u in
       slapd(8)), or change file ownership before running slapd(8).

       Note: slapadd will also perform the relevant indexing whilst
       adding the database if any are configured. For specific details,
       please see slapindex(8).

OPTIONS         top

       -b suffix
              Use the specified suffix to determine which database to
              add entries to. By default, the first database that
              supports the requested operation is used. The -b cannot be
              used in conjunction with the -n option.

       -c     enable continue (ignore errors) mode.

       -d debug-level
              enable debugging messages as defined by the specified
              debug-level; see slapd(8) for details.

       -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 dry-run mode is also specified, no conversion will

       -g     disable subordinate gluing.  Only the specified database
              will be processed, and not its glued subordinates (if

       -j lineno
              Jump to the specified line number in the LDIF file before
              processing any entries. This allows a load that was
              aborted due to errors in the input LDIF to be resumed
              after the errors are corrected.

       -l ldif-file
              Read LDIF from the specified file instead of standard

       -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.  To populate the config database
              slapd-config(5), use -n 0 as it is always the first
              database. It must physically exist on the filesystem prior
              to this, however.

       -o option[=value]
              Specify an option with a(n optional) value.  Possible
              generic options/values are:

                     syslog=<subsystems>  (see `-s' in slapd(8))
                     syslog-level=<level> (see `-S' in slapd(8))
                     syslog-user=<user>   (see `-l' in slapd(8))


              The schema-check option toggles schema checking (default on);
              the value-check option toggles value checking (default off).
              The latter is incompatible with -q.

       -q     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.

       -s     disable schema checking.  This option is intended to be used when loading
              databases containing special objects, such as fractional objects on a
              partial consumer.  Loading normal objects which do not conform to
              schema may result in unexpected and ill behavior.

       -S SID Server ID to use in generated entryCSN.  Also used for contextCSN
              if -w is set as well.  Defaults to 0.

       -u     enable dry-run (don't write to backend) mode.

       -v     enable verbose mode.

       -w     write syncrepl context information.
              After all entries are added, the contextCSN
              will be updated with the greatest CSN in the database.

LIMITATIONS         top

       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

EXAMPLES         top

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

            SBINDIR/slapadd -l ldif

SEE ALSO         top

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

       "OpenLDAP Administrator's Guide"


       OpenLDAP Software is developed and maintained by The OpenLDAP
       Project <>.  OpenLDAP Software is derived
       from the University of Michigan LDAP 3.3 Release.

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