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Re: ldapmodify versus ldapadd

ldapadd v ldapmodify effects how the LDIF is interpreted.  ldapadd
assumes the entry record format is provided, ldapmodify assumes the
change record format is used.

One should avoid using the -r option.  It's a left over from old
code and will soon go away.

At 01:57 AM 2001-08-27, Paul Gillingwater wrote:
>Hi there,
>I'm a little puzzled by the behaviour of ldapmodify versus ldapadd.  AFAIK, 
>these are the same program, with the name determining which command line 
>options are used.  For example, ldapadd invokes the -a flag, while ldapmodify 
>invokes the -r flag.
>What puzzles me is how can I do a REPLACE and ADD together.  For example, I 
>have a set of data, some of which is new and some is old but changed.  The 
>individual LDIF records are exported from non-LDAP systems, and therefore do 
>not have individual add/modify/delete commands embedded.  I would be grateful 
>for any advice on how I can ask OpenLDAP to add records which aren't there, and 
>modify records which aren't.
>If I try ldapadd with -r option, I get the error that the record already exists 
>(which is true for some of them of course.)  Essentially, I expect that the -r 
>and -a flags are mutually exclusive -- but the man page syntax doesn't reflect 
>What I'm afraid I have to do is to delete all the old records first, then add 
>them all in again.  Surely there's a better way?
>Thanks in advance for advice!
>        Paul Gillingwater
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