22. Troubleshooting

If you're having trouble using OpenLDAP, get onto the OpenLDAP-Software mailing list, or:

Chances are the problem has been solved and explained in detail many times before.

22.1. User or Software errors?

More often than not, an error is caused by a configuration problem or a misunderstanding of what you are trying to implement and/or achieve.

We will now attempt to discuss common user errors.

22.2. Checklist

The following checklist can help track down your problem. Please try to use if before posting to the list, or in the rare circumstances of reporting a bug.

  1. Use the slaptest tool to verify configurations before starting slapd
  2. Verify that slapd is listening to the specified port(s) (389 and 636, generally) before trying the ldapsearch
  3. Can you issue an ldapsearch?
  4. If not, have you enabled complex ACLs without fully understanding them?
  5. Do you have a system wide LDAP setting pointing to the wrong LDAP Directory?
  6. Are you using TLS?
  7. Have your certificates expired?

22.3. OpenLDAP Bugs

Sometimes you may encounter an actual OpenLDAP bug, in which case please visit our Issue Tracking system http://www.openldap.org/its/ and report it. However, make sure it's not already a known bug or a common user problem.

Note: Our Issue Tracking system is NOT for OpenLDAP Support, please join our mailing Lists: http://www.openldap.org/lists/ for that.

The information you should provide in your bug report is discussed in our FAQ-O-MATIC at http://www.openldap.org/faq/data/cache/59.html

22.4. 3rd party software error

The OpenLDAP Project only supports OpenLDAP software.

You may however seek commercial support (http://www.openldap.org/support/) or join the general LDAP forum for non-commercial discussions and information relating to LDAP at: http://www.umich.edu/~dirsvcs/ldap/mailinglist.html

22.5. How to contact the OpenLDAP Project

22.6. How to present your problem

22.7. Debugging slapd(8)

After reading through the above sections and before e-mailing the OpenLDAP lists, you might want to try out some of the following to track down the cause of your problems:

22.8. Commercial Support

The firms listed at http://www.openldap.org/support/ offer technical support services catering to OpenLDAP community.

The listing of any given firm should not be viewed as an endorsement or recommendation of any kind, nor as otherwise indicating there exists a business relationship or an affiliation between any listed firm and the OpenLDAP Foundation or the OpenLDAP Project or its contributors.