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

       slapcat - SLAPD database to LDIF utility

       /usr/sbin/slapcat  [-afilter]  [-bsuffix]  [-c] [-ddebug-level] [-fslapd.conf] [-Fconfdir]
       [-g] [-HURI] [-lldif-file] [-ndbnum] [-ooption[=value]] [-ssubtree-dn] [-v]

       Slapcat is used to generate an LDAP Directory Interchange Format (LDIF) output based  upon
       the  contents of a slapd(8) database.  It opens the given database determined by the data‐
       base number or suffix and writes the corresponding LDIF to standard output or  the  speci‐
       fied  file.  Databases configured as subordinate of this one are also output, unless -g is

       The entry records are presented in database order, not superior first  order.   The  entry
       records  will  include  all (user and operational) attributes stored in the database.  The
       entry records will not include dynamically generated attributes (such  as  subschemaSuben‐

       The  output of slapcat is intended to be used as input to slapadd(8).  The output of slap‐
       cat cannot generally be used as input to ldapadd(1) or other LDAP  clients  without  first
       editing the output.  This editing would normally include reordering the records into supe‐
       rior first order and removing no-user-modification operational attributes.

       -a filter
              Only dump entries matching the asserted filter.  For example

              slapcat -a \

              will dump all  but  the  "ou=People,dc=example,dc=com"  subtree  of  the  "dc=exam‐
              ple,dc=com" database.  Deprecated; use -H ldap:///???(filter) instead.

       -b suffix
              Use  the  specified suffix to determine which database to generate output for.  The
              -b cannot be used in conjunction with the -n option.

       -c     Enable continue (ignore errors) mode.  Multiple occorrences of -c  make  slapcat(8)
              try harder.

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

       -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.

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

       -H  URI
              use dn, scope and filter from URI to only handle matching entries.

       -l ldif-file
              Write LDIF to specified file instead of standard output.

       -n dbnum
              Generate  output  for  the  dbnum-th database listed in the configuration file. The
              config database slapd-config(5), is always the first  database,  so  use  -n  0  to
              select it.

              The -n cannot be used in conjunction with the -b option.

       -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))


              n is the number of columns allowed for the LDIF output
              (n equal to 0 uses the default, corresponding to 78).
              The minimum is 2, leaving space for one character and one
              continuation character.
              Use no for no wrap.

       -s subtree-dn
              Only dump entries in the subtree specified by this DN.
              Implies -b subtree-dn if no
              option is given.
              Deprecated; use -H ldap:///subtree-dn instead.

       -v     Enable verbose mode.

       For  some  backend types, your slapd(8) should not be running (at least, not in read-write
       mode) when you do this to ensure consistency of the database. It is  always  safe  to  run
       slapcat with the slapd-bdb(5), slapd-hdb(5), and slapd-null(5) backends.

       To  make  a  text backup of your SLAPD database and put it in a file called ldif, give the

            /usr/sbin/slapcat -l ldif

       ldap(3), ldif(5), slapadd(8), ldapadd(1), slapd(8)

       "OpenLDAP Administrator's Guide" (http://www.OpenLDAP.org/doc/admin/)

       OpenLDAP Software is developed and maintained by The OpenLDAP  Project  <http://www.openl‐
       dap.org/>.  OpenLDAP Software is derived from University of Michigan LDAP 3.3 Release.

OpenLDAP                                    2014/09/20                                 SLAPCAT(8)

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