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(ITS#3689) 2.2.24 bind as not root user SLES9 fails

Full_Name: Charles Wright
Version: 2.2.24
URL: ftp://ftp.openldap.org/incoming/
Submission from: (NULL) (

I just compiled 2.2.24 under SLES9, apparently slapd will only run as root.  If
i use the -u and -g option I get this error.  I gather that this is because a
non-root user can't bind to a privileged port.  I thought that slapd would bind
to the port as root before switching to the user 

(from /var/log/messages)
Apr 27 11:07:14 punt slapd[2788]: daemon: bind(6) failed errno=13 (Permission

punt:/etc # /usr/local/libexec/slapd -u ldap -d -1
@(#) $OpenLDAP: slapd 2.2.24 (Apr 26 2005 19:03:22) $
daemon_init: <null>
daemon_init: listen on ldap:///
daemon_init: 1 listeners to open...
daemon: initialized ldap:///
daemon_init: 1 listeners opened
slapd: ldap-nss.c:3442: _nss_ldap_map_get: Assertion `map != ((void *)0)'

slapd starts as root just fine...

punt:/etc # /usr/local/libexec/slapd 
punt:/etc # 
punt:/etc # ps -ef | grep slapd
root      2922     1  0 11:58 ?        00:00:00 /usr/local/libexec/slapd
root      2925 16311  0 11:58 pts/0    00:00:00 grep slapd
punt:/etc #