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LDAPDELETE(1)		    General Commands Manual		 LDAPDELETE(1)

       ldapdelete - LDAP delete	entry tool

       ldapdelete  [-V[V]]  [-d	debuglevel]  [-n]  [-v]	 [-c]  [-f file]  [-r]
       [-z sizelimit] [-M[M]] [-x] [-D binddn]	[-W]  [-w passwd]  [-y passwd-
       file]	    [-H	ldapuri]       [-P {2|3}]	[-e [!]ext[=extparam]]
       [-E [!]ext[=extparam]]	[-o opt[=optparam]]   [-O security-properties]
       [-I]  [-Q]  [-N]	[-U authcid] [-R realm]	[-X authzid] [-Y mech] [-Z[Z]]
       [DN [...]]

       ldapdelete is a shell-accessible	interface  to  the  ldap_delete_ext(3)
       library call.

       ldapdelete opens	a connection to	an LDAP	server,	binds, and deletes one
       or more entries.	 If one	or more	DN  arguments  are  provided,  entries
       with those Distinguished	Names are deleted.  Each DN should be provided
       using the LDAPv3	string representation as defined in RFC	4514.	If  no
       DN  arguments  are  provided, a list of DNs is read from	standard input
       (or from	file if	the -f flag is used).

       -V[V]  Print version info.  If -VV is given, only the version  informa-
	      tion is printed.

       -d debuglevel
	      Set  the LDAP debugging level to debuglevel.  ldapdelete must be
	      compiled with LDAP_DEBUG defined for this	option to have any ef-

       -n     Show  what  would	 be  done,  but	don't actually delete entries.
	      Useful for debugging in conjunction with -v.

       -v     Use verbose mode,	with many diagnostics written to standard out-

       -c     Continuous   operation   mode.	Errors	 are   reported,   but
	      ldapdelete will  continue	 with  deletions.   The	default	is  to
	      exit after reporting an error.

       -f file
	      Read a series of DNs from	file, one per line, performing an LDAP
	      delete for each.

       -r     Do a recursive delete.  If the DN	specified isn't	 a  leaf,  its
	      children,	 and all their children	are deleted down the tree.  No
	      verification is done, so if you add this switch, ldapdelete will
	      happily delete large portions of your tree.  Use with care.

       -z sizelimit
	      Use  sizelimit when searching for	children DN to delete, to cir-
	      cumvent any server-side size limit.  Only	useful in  conjunction
	      with -r.

       -M[M]  Enable manage DSA	IT control.  -MM makes control critical.

       -x     Use simple authentication	instead	of SASL.

       -D binddn
	      Use the Distinguished Name binddn	to bind	to the LDAP directory.
	      For SASL binds, the server is expected to	ignore this value.

       -W     Prompt for simple	authentication.	 This is used instead of spec-
	      ifying the password on the command line.

       -w passwd
	      Use passwd as the	password for simple authentication.

       -y passwdfile
	      Use  complete  contents of passwdfile as the password for	simple

       -H ldapuri
	      Specify URI(s) referring to the ldap server(s); only the	proto-
	      col/host/port  fields  are  allowed; a list of URI, separated by
	      whitespace or commas is expected.

       -P {2|3}
	      Specify the LDAP protocol	version	to use.

       -e [!]ext[=extparam]

       -E [!]ext[=extparam]

	      Specify general extensions with -e and  delete  extensions  with
	      -E.  '!' indicates criticality.

	      General extensions:
		[!]assert=<filter>    (an RFC 4515 Filter)
		!authzid=<authzid>    ("dn:<dn>" or "u:<user>")
		[!]bauthzid	      (RFC 3829	authzid	control)
		[!]postread[=<attrs>] (a comma-separated attribute list)
		[!]preread[=<attrs>]  (a comma-separated attribute list)
		abandon,cancel,ignore (SIGINT sends abandon/cancel,
		or ignores response; if	critical, doesn't wait for SIGINT.
		not really controls)

	      Delete extensions:

       -o opt[=optparam]

	      Specify any ldap.conf(5) option or one of	the following:
		nettimeout=<timeout>  (in seconds, or "none" or	"max")
		ldif_wrap=<width>     (in columns, or "no" for no wrapping)

       -O security-properties
	      Specify SASL security properties.

       -I     Enable  SASL  Interactive	 mode.	 Always	prompt.	 Default is to
	      prompt only as needed.

       -Q     Enable SASL Quiet	mode.  Never prompt.

       -N     Do not use reverse DNS to	canonicalize SASL host name.

       -U authcid
	      Specify the authentication ID for	SASL bind.  The	 form  of  the
	      identity depends on the actual SASL mechanism used.

       -R realm
	      Specify  the  realm of authentication ID for SASL	bind. The form
	      of the realm depends on the actual SASL mechanism	used.

       -X authzid
	      Specify the requested authorization ID for SASL  bind.   authzid
	      must be one of the following formats: dn:_distinguished name_ or

       -Y mech
	      Specify the SASL mechanism to be	used  for  authentication.  If
	      it's  not	 specified, the	program	will choose the	best mechanism
	      the server knows.

       -Z[Z]  Issue StartTLS (Transport	Layer Security)	extended operation. If
	      you  use	-ZZ, the command will require the operation to be suc-

       The following command:

	   ldapdelete "cn=Delete Me,dc=example,dc=com"

       will  attempt  to  delete  the  entry  named   "cn=Delete   Me,dc=exam-
       ple,dc=com".   Of  course  it would probably be necessary to supply au-
       thentication credentials.

       Exit status is 0	if no errors occur.  Errors result in a	non-zero  exit
       status and a diagnostic message being written to	standard error.

       ldap.conf(5),  ldapadd(1), ldapmodify(1), ldapmodrdn(1),	ldapsearch(1),
       ldap(3),	ldap_delete_ext(3)

       The OpenLDAP Project <>

       OpenLDAP	Software is developed and maintained by	The  OpenLDAP  Project
       <>.  OpenLDAP Software is derived from the Uni-
       versity of Michigan LDAP	3.3 Release.

OpenLDAP 2.6.3			  2022/07/14			 LDAPDELETE(1)


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