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database configuration questions



This is a re-transmission of a message I sent yesterday, but seems did not get through.


I am sure having a tough time sorting out what, I think, are truly basic and fundamental isses!


I just want to create an ldap database which will house a uniqueIdentifier for a user, and an associated userPassword.  I simply want to authenticate users (not system users, as in /etc/passwd) with their password.  I cannot get the database configured so slapd will even come up.


Here is my database configuration, which I have simply appended to the default slapd.conf file that normally resides in /etc/openldap on my linux machine:


database           bdb

suffix                 “dn=clearerDB”

rootdn               “cn=clearerDBmgr, dn=clearerDB”

rootpw               myPassword


directory            /var/ldapDBs/clearerDB


index                objectClass       eq

index                uniqueIdentifier   eq

index                userPassword    eq

# Other attributes used in this database:

# displayName

# businessCategory


Actually, I have this full config file in my root’s directory (I am logged in as root).  So when I run this command


            /usr/lib/openldap/slapd –f /root/slapd.conf


slapd fails to come up.  When I comment out my additional database configuration text, it does come up okay.


BYW, the database directory does already exist; i.e., I have created those directories prior to attempting to bring up slapd.


So … I have these questions:

1)                   What am I doing wrong?

2)                   What will cause the password for a specific uniqueIdentifier to be associated with one another?

3)                   Surely, slapd is reporting out to some log a record of what he is doing when he comes up, or attempts to come up.  What log file? Where?


Thanks for your time and help.



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