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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

OPTIONS         top

       -b suffix
              Use the specified suffix to determine which database to add
              entries to.  The -b cannot be used in conjunction with the -n

       -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 occur.

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

       -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 input.

       -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,

       -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 directory.

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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