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Re: Encoded entries on LDIF file

On 01/04/2010 07:33 PM, Diego Lima wrote:
Hello all,

I'm trying to import an LDIF file where some users have values that
appear to be encoded on the file. The values have two : (i.e. ::) and
appear like this:

# entry-id: 36545
dn: uid=someuser,ou=funcionarios,ou=pessoal,o=xxx,c=xxx
l:: UkYgLSAyqiBFc3RhbmNpYQ==

This isn't consistent with other entries, as most of them are on this

# entry-id: 36546
dn: uid=otheruser,ou=funcionarios,ou=pessoal,o=xxx,c=xxx
l: DRA-01 NSI

Is there any reason why some entries would show up on a different
format? I've seen some entries where other attributes are like that,
such as sn, telephoneNumber, cn or title.

These values are base64 encoded. The LDIF format uses base64 encoded values to represent some characters, most notably any non-ASCII characters (think accents, etc).

To read the values, try something like:
echo "UkYgLSAyqiBFc3RhbmNpYQ==" | openssl base64 -d

Hope this helps,