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LDAPDELETE(1)                                                    LDAPDELETE(1)

       ldapdelete - LDAP delete entry tool

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

       -V[V]  Print version info.  If -VV is given, only the version information is printed.

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

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

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

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

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

       -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.

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

       -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 command  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 delete extensions with -E.  ?!? indicates criticality.

              General extensions:
                [!]assert=<filter>    (an RFC 4515 Filter)
                !authzid=<authzid>    ("dn:<dn>" or "u:<user>")
                [!]bauthzid           (RFC 3829 authzid control)
                [!]postread[=<attrs>] (a comma-separated attribute list)
                [!]preread[=<attrs>]  (a comma-separated attribute list)
                abandon,cancel,ignore (SIGINT sends abandon/cancel,
                or ignores response; if critical, doesn't wait for SIGINT.
                not really controls)

              Delete extensions:

       -o opt[=optparam]

              Specify general options.

              General options:
                nettimeout=<timeout>  (in seconds, or "none" or "max")
                ldif-wrap=<width>     (in columns, or "no" for no wrapping)

       -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.

       -N     Do not use reverse DNS to canonicalize SASL host name.

       -U authcid
              Specify the authentication ID for SASL bind. The form of the identity depends on the actual SASL  mecha-
              nism 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 neces-
       sary to supply authentication credentials.

       Exit status is 0 if no errors occur.  Errors result in a non-zero exit status and a  diagnostic  message  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 2.4.40                   2014/09/20                     LDAPDELETE(1)