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LDAPDELETE(1)                                                                                  LDAPDELETE(1)

       ldapdelete - LDAP delete entry tool

       ldapdelete  [-n] [-v] [-c] [-M[M]] [-d debuglevel] [-f file] [-D binddn] [-W] [-w passwd] [-y passwd-file] passwdfile]
       file] [-H ldapuri] [-h ldaphost] [-P {2|3}] [-e [!]ext[=extparam]]  [-E [!]ext[=extparam]]  [-p ldap-port] ldapport]
       port]  [-O security-properties]  [-U authcid]  [-R realm]  [-r] [-x] [-I] [-Q] [-X authzid] [-Y mech]
       [-z sizelimit] [-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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

       -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 com-mand command
              mand line.

       -w passwd
              Use passwd as the password for simple authentication.

       -y passwdfile
              Use complete contents of passwdfile as the password for simple authentication.

       -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 search extensions with -E.  '!' indicates  criticality.

              General extensions:
                [!]assert=<filter>   (an RFC 4515 Filter)
                [!]authzid=<authzid> ("dn:<dn>" or "u:<user>")
                [!]postread[=<attrs>]        (a comma-separated attribute list)
                [!]preread[=<attrs>] (a comma-separated attribute list)
                abandon, cancel (SIGINT sends abandon/cancel; not really controls)

              Search extensions:
                [!]domainScope                               (domain scope)
                [!]mv=<filter>                               (matched values filter)
                [!]pr=<size>[/prompt|noprompt]       (paged results/prompt)
                [!]sss=[-]<attr[:OID]>[/[-]<attr[:OID]>...]  (server side sorting)
                [!]subentries[=true|false]           (subentries)
                [!]sync=ro[/<cookie>]                        (LDAP Sync refreshOnly)
                        rp[/<cookie>][/<slimit>]     (LDAP Sync refreshAndPersist)

       -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.

       -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.

       -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 u:<username>

       -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 successful.

       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  mes-sage message
       sage 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 <>

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

OpenLDAP 2.4.28                                  2011/11/24                                    LDAPDELETE(1)

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