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slapd.plugin - plugin configuration for slapd, the stand-
alone LDAP daemon
The slapd.conf(5) file contains configuration information
for the slapd(8) daemon. This configuration file is also
used by the slurpd(8) replication daemon and by the SLAPD
tools slapadd(8), slapcat(8), and slapindex(8).
The slapd.conf file consists of a series of global
configuration options that apply to slapd as a whole
(including all backends), followed by zero or more database
backend definitions that contain information specific to a
The general format of slapd.conf is as follows:
# comment - these options apply to every database
<global configuration options>
# first database definition & configuration options
database <backend 1 type>
<configuration options specific to backend 1>
# subsequent database definitions & configuration options
If slapd is compiled with --enable-slapi, support for
plugins according to Netscape's Directory Server Plug-Ins.
Version 4 of the API is currently implemented, with some
extensions from version 5.
Both global and database specific data may contain plugin
information. Plugins associated with a specific database
are called before global plugins. This manpage details the
slapd(8) configuration statements that affect the loading of
Arguments that should be replaced by actual text are shown
in brackets <>.
The structure of the plugin directives is
plugin <type> <lib_path> <init_function> [<arguments>]
Load a plugin of the specified type for the current
The <type> can be one of preoperation, that is executed
before processing the operation for the specified database,
postoperation, that is executed after the operation for the
specified database has been processed, extendedop, that is
used when executing an extended operation, or object. The
latter is used for miscellaneous types such as ACL, computed
attribute and search filter rewriter plugins.
The <libpath> argument specifies the path to the plugin
loadable object; if a relative path is given, the object is
looked for according to the underlying dynamic loading
package (libtool's ltdl is used).
The <init_function> argument specifies what symbol must be
called when the plugin is first loaded. This function
should register the functions provided by the plugin for the
desired operations. It should be noted that it is this init
function, not the plugin type specified as the first
argument, that determines when and for what operations the
plugin will be invoked. The optional <arguments> list is
passed to the init function.
Specify an alternative path for the plugin log file
(default is /var/error).
This statement sets the module load path for
dynamically loadable backends, as described in
slapd.conf(5); however, since both the dynamically
loadable backends and the SLAPI plugins use the same
underlying library (libtool's ltdl) its value also
affects the plugin search path. In general the search
path is made of colon-separated paths; usually the
user-defined path is searched first; then the value of
the LTDL_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable, if defined,
is used; finally, the systemi-specific dynamic load
path is attempted (e.g. on Linux the value of the
environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH). Please
carefully read the documentation of ltdl because its
behavior is very platform dependent.
default slapd configuration file
"OpenLDAP Administrator's Guide"
OpenLDAP is developed and maintained by The OpenLDAP Project
(http://www.openldap.org/). OpenLDAP is derived from
University of Michigan LDAP 3.3 Release.
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