One thing I did to get started was to hack up a copy of the test scripts that the system uses to test the installs. There's one in there that populates a database with a bunch of UofM data. I just changed the script so it didn't shut down the server at the end of the test - simple. I could then play around with the query tools to my hearts content. I agree this isn't the easiest piece of software to get started with and most of the docs I've read aren't that detailed.
Hope that helps.
From: Rich West [mailto:Rich.West@divatv.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 1:27 PM
This is going to sound kind of lame, but, alas, I am at my wit's end.
Before I get flamed beyond belief, let me state that I (1) have attacked
the HowTo's, (2) combed through the archives, and (3) hunted across the
web. All, to no avail.
I am simply trying to evaluate the possibility of using LDAP as a
centralized password management database for UNIX (solaris/linux) and
NT. I can't even get the darned v2.0.7 software to CREATE a database
without it cryptically telling me that I must be insane.
Unfortunately, the How-To's and Quick Start guide were written from the
prospective of someone who knows the innards of LDAP, and, hence, tend
to gloss over the key aspects. *sigh* What I would do for a good
functioning sample slapd.conf file...
Anyhow, it's compiled.. it is running. But, either off line or on line,
I cannot get it to create a database.
The embarassing part is that I feel as if I have missed something along
the lines here.. something crucial. really, it can't be this hard?
I've been plugging away at it, off an on, for over two weeks with no
I even went so far as to (1) use, unedited, the default slapd.conf file,
and (2) create an LDIF file using the sample from the quickstart:
openldap-2.0.7/libexec#> more /tmp/newentry
dn: dc=my-domain, dc=com
dn: cn=Postmaster, dc=my-domain, dc=com
openldap-2.0.7/libexec#> ldapadd -f /tmp/newentry -D "cn=Manager,
dc=my-domain, dc=com" -w secret
adding new entry "dc=my-domain, dc=com"
ldap_add: Undefined attribute type
additional info: attribute type undefined
ldif_record() = 17
Anyone have any ideas? Is there another quickstart guide out there that
was written without the experienced LDAP user in mind?
At this point, I don't know where to turn, so I apologize in advance if
my questions on how to proceed sound rather basic...
Richard West mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr. Systems Administrator
Diva - Princeton, NJ http://www.divatv.com