I'm really flying blind here trying to use both Linux and OpenLDAP for the first time ever.

My ultimate goal here is to connect to an OpenLDAP server from within a C# console app and to authenticate a user. To that end, on my Windows 10 machine, I have created a Hyper-V VM that is running CentOS. And on it, I have installed OpenLDAP client and server. To configure the server, I have been following this tutorial:


I followed along very nicely up to the section that begins with, “Modifying Objects: Replace olcSuffix and olcRootDN attribute.”

Now, I'm getting lost. Let's start with this: When I try to use this command:

cat my_config.ldif

I get this error:

No such file or directory

And this is what the tutorial is doing:

[root@ldap-server ~]# cat my_config.ldif
dn: olcDatabase={2}hdb,cn=config
changetype: modify
replace: olcSuffix
olcSuffix: dc=example,dc=com

What am I doing wrong?


Well, you didn't create the file.

You are probably mixing up the .ldif file that is used as input to ldapadd/ldapmodify and the .ldif files that are used as storage for OpenLDAP's cn=config tree. Those have different purposes; the former are created by you the sysadmin, the latter are internal data files maintained by OpenLDAP itself.

So the tutorial isn't showing you what's supposed to be in /etc/openldap – it's telling you to create a file similar to the example it shows (in a temporary location, not at /etc), and at the end of the section, you'll run ldapmodify to import it into the database.

  • ok, thanks. I am really struggling to find a good, for-dummies type tutorial on this. All of them seem to assume that I know things which I don't. Sep 4 '19 at 13:32
  • Well, it's going to be the same regardless topic – advanced tutorials will always expect you to have a grasp on Linux basics, instead of "flying blind".
    – user1686
    Sep 4 '19 at 15:26
  • exactly my problem. I am trying to learn both Linux and OpenLDAP at the same time. Sep 4 '19 at 15:27

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