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Old 10-25-2005, 04:23 AM   #1
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ldapsearch with incomplete base returns no results


I'm trying to get my server using openldap for passwd-replacement. I followed the guide located at www . gentoo . org/doc/en/ldap-howto.xml (sorry, but I have less than 5 posts, so no URL here) and the login just works well using ldap.
I tried installing phpldapadmin for administrating the directory, but went into a problem when trying to create a new posixAccount using it. The GID and loginShell parameters stay empty. The slapd log says, that the search command came with the base "dc=com" (my domain is always substituted with

The problem is, that the following command returns the expected result:
ldapsearch -WD "uid=root,dc=domain,dc=com" -H "ldaps://"
But as soon as I specify a base-DN that is not the complete "dc=domain,dc=com", I get the following:
ldapsearch -WD "uid=root,dc=domain,dc=com" -H "ldaps://" -b "dc=com"
Enter LDAP Password:
# extended LDIF
# LDAPv3
# base <dc=com> with scope sub
# filter: (objectclass=*)
# requesting: ALL

# search result
search: 2
result: 32 No such object

# numResponses: 1
The second thing is just a small question. Now, that ldap auth works for me, I could remove some users/groups from the passwd/shadow/group file. The question is, if that is generally a good or a bad idea and if, what users I should leave as they are. I won't delete the root anyway, because I'd like to be able to login without ldap running. Also, removing the ldap user won't make much sense. But all those groups / users that are never used during boot up (games, audio, video, ...) could imo be removed. What do you think? How did you do that?

For the first question:
My /etc/openldap/ldap.conf:
# Also tried with the base directive...
#BASE		dc=domain, dc=com
URI		ldaps://
TLS_CACERT	/var/ssl/
My /etc/openldap/slapd.conf:
include		/etc/openldap/schema/core.schema
include         /etc/openldap/schema/cosine.schema
include         /etc/openldap/schema/inetorgperson.schema
include         /etc/openldap/schema/nis.schema

password-hash	{md5}

#TLSCipherSuite        HIGH:MEDIUM:+TLSv1:+SSLv2:+SSLv3
#TLSCACertificateFile  /var/ssl/
#TLSCertificateFile    /var/ssl/
#TLSCertificateKeyFile /var/ssl/
TLSCACertificateFile  /var/ssl/
TLSCertificateFile    /var/ssl/
TLSCertificateKeyFile /var/ssl/

pidfile		/var/run/openldap/
argsfile	/var/run/openldap/slapd.args

database	bdb
checkpoint	32	30 # <kbyte> <min>

suffix		"dc=domain,dc=com"
rootdn		"uid=root,dc=domain,dc=com"
rootpw		{MD5}*********************

directory	/var/lib/openldap-data
index	objectClass	eq

access to *
  by users read
  by anonymous auth
  by * none

access to attrs=userPassword,gecos,description,loginShell
  by self write

access to attrs="userPassword"
  by dn="uid=root,dc=domain,dc=com" write
  by anonymous auth
  by self write
  by * none
Thanks for all replies in advance.


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